Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (UK Parliament constituency)

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Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Highland
Number of members One
Replaced by Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey and Ross, Skye & Lochaber
Created from Inverness, Nairn & Lochaber

Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

There was also an Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber constituency of the Scottish Parliament, which was created with the same boundaries in 1999.


The constituency was created as one of three to cover the Highland council area. The other two were Ross, Skye and Inverness West and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

The Highland area had become a unitary council area in 1996, under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994, and new constituency boundaries divided the areas of some of the former districts of the Highland region. The Highland area had been covered, previously, by the three constituencies of Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber, Ross, Cromarty and Skye and Caithness and Sutherland.

In 2005, constituency boundaries were redrawn again, and the Highland area was divided between three new constituencies (of which one carried forward the name of an older constituency): Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Throughout its existence the constituency was represented by just one MP, David Stewart of the Labour Party.[1]

Election results[edit]

General Election 2001: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Stewart 15,605 36.8 +2.9
SNP Angus MacNeil 10,889 25.6 −3.4
Liberal Democrat Patsy Kenton 9,420 22.2 +4.7
Conservative Richard Jenkins 5,653 13.3 −4.2
Scottish Socialist Steve Arnott 894 2.0 N/A
Majority 4,716 11.1 +6.2
Turnout 63.9 −8.2
Labour hold Swing 3.2
General Election 1997: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Stewart 16,187 33.9 N/A
SNP Fergus Ewing 13,848 29.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gallagher 8,364 17.5 N/A
Conservative Mary Scanlon 8,355 17.5 N/A
Referendum Party Winnona Wall 436 0.9 N/A
Scottish Green Murray Falconer 354 0.7 N/A
Independent Daniel Hart 224 0.5 N/A
Majority 2,339 4.9 N/A
Turnout 72.1 N/A