Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (UK Parliament constituency)
|Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Highland|
|Member of Parliament||Danny Alexander (Liberal Democrat)|
|Created from||Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber and Ross, Skye & Inverness West|
|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.
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
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 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
Its Member of Parliament since its creation, Danny Alexander, is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
|2005||Danny Alexander||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
|Liberal Democrat||Danny Alexander|
|General Election 2010: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
|Liberal Democrat||Danny Alexander||19,172||40.7||+0.4|
|Scottish Christian||Donald Boyd||835||1.8||N/A|
|Scottish Green||Donnie MacLeod||789||1.7||-0.7|
|Solidarity (TUSC)||George MacDonald||135||0.3||N/A|
|Joy of Talk||Kit Fraser||93||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||4.6%|
Elections in the 2000s
- Note: The constituency was new in 2005 and +/- percentages are notional.
|General Election 2005: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
|Liberal Democrat||Danny Alexander||17,830||40.3||+10.8|
|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|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Labour||Swing||+6.0|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" [self-published source][better source needed]
- Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey, UKPollingReport