Inverness and Nairn (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Inverness and Nairn
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Inverness and Nairn (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Inverness and Nairn shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Fergus Ewing
Council area Highland

Inverness and Nairn is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It is also one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

The Inverness and Nairn constituency is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies are Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney, Shetland and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

The region covers most of Argyll and Bute council area, all of the Highland council area, most of the Moray council area, all of the Orkney Islands council area, all of the Shetland Islands council area and all of Na h-Eileanan Siar.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The electoral wards used to create the new Inverness and Nairn seat are:

The Highland (council area) is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies. These are: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross; Inverness and Nairn and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Inverness and Nairn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Fergus Ewing 16,870 51.5 +10.6
Labour David Stewart 7,125 21.8 +0.9
Conservative Mary Scanlon 3,797 11.6 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Christine Jardine 3,763 11.5 -15.9
Scottish Christian Donald Boyd 646 2.0 N/A
UKIP Ross Durance 530 1.6 N/A
Majority 9,745 29.8
Turnout 32,731 52.4
SNP hold Swing +4.8

Scottish Christian and UKIP both gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Inverness and Nairn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP 15,101 41.0
Liberal Democrats 10,106 27.4
Labour 7,702 20.9
Conservative 3,885 10.5
Others 56 0.2
Majority 4,995 13.6
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Fergus Ewing 16,443 41.5 +10.6
Liberal Democrats Craig Harrow 10,972 27.7 +11.5
Labour Linda Stewart 7,559 19.1 -8.8
Conservative Jamie Halcro Johnston 4,635 11.7 -6.1
Majority 5,471 13.8
Rejected ballots 1,249 {{{change}}}
Turnout 36,609 55.3 +3.1
SNP hold Swing 0.5

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