Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 57°22′52″N 3°57′54″W / 57.381°N 3.965°W / 57.381; -3.965

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland Highland
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of Parliament Danny Alexander (Liberal Democrat)
Created from Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber and Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The constituency covers a south-eastern portion of the Highland council area.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created in 2005 by merging an area from Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber with an area from Ross, Skye and Inverness West. The rest of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber was merged with most of the rest of Ross, Skye and Inverness West to form Ross, Skye and Lochaber. A small area of Ross, Skye and Inverness West was merged into Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

For representation in the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) the area of the Westminster constituency is divided between Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (the Holyrood constituency) and Ross, Skye and Inverness West (the Holyrood constituency).

Local government area[edit]

See also Politics of the Highland council area

The Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency is one of three Westminster constituencies covering the Highland council area, the other two being Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey covers a south-eastern portion of the council area, with Ross, Skye and Lochaber to its north and west, and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross further north.

When created in 2005, the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency covered 31 out of the 80 wards of the council area: 22 wards (all except Beauly and Strathglass) of the Inverness area committee, all four wards of the Nairn area committee and all five wards of the Badenoch and Strathspey area committee.

The City of Inverness, for which letters patent were granted in 2001, may be supposed to lie within the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, but this city lacks clearly defined boundaries. The Highland Council management area of Inverness, as defined 1996 to 2007, included the former burgh of Inverness, as abolished in 1975, and the urban area centred on the burgh, and these do lie within the constituency. The management area included also a large rural area. As of this year, 2007, the council has a city management area consisting of seven of the nine wards of its Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey corporate management area. The boundaries of his city management are similar to those of the older management area.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Its Member of Parliament since its creation, Danny Alexander, is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Election Member[1] Party
2005 Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat

Election results[edit]

The 2005 election in Inverness
General Election 2010: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander 19,172 40.7 +0.4
Labour Mike Robb 10,407 22.1 -8.8
SNP John Finnie 8,803 18.7 +5.2
Conservative Jim Ferguson 6,278 13.3 +3.0
Scottish Christian Donald Boyd 835 1.8 N/A
Scottish Green Donnie MacLeod 789 1.7 -0.7
UKIP Ross Durance 574 1.2 N/A
Solidarity (TUSC) George MacDonald 135 0.3 N/A
Joy of Talk Kit Fraser 93 0.2 N/A
Majority 8,765 18.6
Turnout 47,086 64.9 +1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing 4.6%
Note: The constituency was new in 2005 and +/- percentages are notional.
General Election 2005: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander 17,830 40.3 +10.8
Labour David Stewart 13,682 30.9 -1.3
SNP David Thompson 5,992 13.5 -9.5
Conservative Robert Rowantree 4,579 10.3 -2.0
Scottish Green Donnie MacLeod 1,065 2.4 N/A
Publican Party Donald Lawson 678 1.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist George MacDonald 429 1.0 -1
Majority 4,148 9.4
Turnout 44,255 63.6 +0.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +6.0

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