Livingston (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°53′38″N 3°31′01″W / 55.894°N 3.517°W / 55.894; -3.517

Livingston
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Livingston in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland West Lothian
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Graeme Morrice (Labour)
Created from Midlothian
West Lothian
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Livingston is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, to which it returns one Member of Parliament (MP). Elections are held using the first-past-the-post voting system.

It was formed from parts of traditional Midlothian and West Lothian for the 1983 general election. A similar constituency, also called Livingston, was used by the Scottish Parliament until 2011. In 2005 a small part of the Linlithgow constituency was moved into Livingston.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the eastern portion of the West Lothian council area, and is dominated by Livingston. It is bordered by the constituencies of Edinburgh West, Edinburgh South West, Dumfriesshire, Lanark and Hamilton East, Airdrie and Shotts, and Linlithgow and East Falkirk.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The Member of Parliament for this seat had been Robin Cook of the Labour Party since its creation in 1983. Following his death on 6 August 2005 a by-election was held on 29 September, and Jim Devine was elected. On 8 February 2010 Jim Devine was suspended from the Labour party after he was charged over the expenses scandal.

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1983 Robin Cook Labour Foreign Secretary 1997–2001
2005 by-election Jim Devine Labour barred from standing at the 2010 general election by the Labour Party ruling council[2]
2010 Graeme Morrice Labour

Election results[edit]

General election results since 1983

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Livingston[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graeme Morrice 23,215 48.5 -2.6
SNP Lis Bardell 12,424 25.9 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Charles Dundas 5,316 11.1 -4.3
Conservative Alison Adamson-Ross 5,158 10.8 +0.6
BNP David Orr 960 2.0 -
UKIP Alistair Forrest 443 0.9 -
Scottish Socialist Ally Hendry 242 0.5 -1.3
Independent Jim Slavin 149 0.3 -
Majority 10,791 22.5
Turnout 47,907 63.1 +4.6
Labour hold Swing -3.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Livingston by-election, 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Devine 12,319 41.8 -9.3
SNP Angela Constance 9,639 32.7 +11.1
Liberal Democrat Charles Dundas 4,362 14.8 -0.6
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 1,993 6.7 -3.4
Scottish Green David Robertson 529 1.8
Scottish Socialist Steven Nimmo 407 1.4 -0.4
UKIP Peter Adams 108 0.4
Independent Melville Brown 55 0.2
Alliance for Change John William Allman 33 0.1
Socialist (GB) Brian Gardner 32 0.1
Majority 2,680 9.1
Turnout 29,477 38.6 −19.5
Labour hold Swing -10.2
General Election 2005: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Cook 22,657 51.1 -4.1
SNP Angela Constance 9,560 21.6 -1.7
Liberal Democrat Charles Dundas 6,832 15.4 +5.5
Conservative Alison Ross 4,499 10.1 +2.5
Scottish Socialist Steven Nimmo 789 1.8 -1.2
Majority 13,097 29.5
Turnout 44,337 58.1 +2.0
Labour hold Swing -1.2
General Election 2001: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Cook 19,108 53.0 -1.9
SNP Graham Sutherland 8,492 23.6 -3.9
Liberal Democrat Gordon Mackenzie 3,969 11.0 +4.3
Conservative Ian Mowat 2,995 8.3 -1.1
Scottish Socialist Wendy Milne 1,110 3.1 N/A
UKIP Robert Kingdon 359 1.0 N/A
Majority 10,616 29.4
Turnout 36,033 55.6 -15.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Cook 23,510 54.9 +10.5
SNP Peter Johnston 11,763 27.5 +0.9
Conservative Hugh Craigie Halkett 4,028 9.4 −10.0
Liberal Democrat Ewan Hawthorn 2,876 6.7 −1.9
Referendum Party Helen Campbell 444 1.0 N/A
Socialist (GB) Matt Culbert 213 0.5 N/A
Majority 11,747 27.4
Turnout 42,834 71.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Cook 20,245 44.4 −1.2
SNP Peter J.B. Johnston 12,140 26.6 +10.0
Conservative Hugh Hunter Gordon 8,824 19.4 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Fred Mackintosh 3,911 8.6 −10.5
Scottish Green Alpin G. Ross-Smith 469 1.0
Majority 8,105 17.8
Turnout 74.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Cook 19,110 45.6 +7.9
Liberal R. McCreadle 8,005 19.1 −5.5
Conservative M.N.A. Mayall 7,860 18.7 −5.5
SNP Kenny MacAskill 6,969 16.6 +3.1
Majority 11,105 26.5
Turnout 74.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robin Cook 14,255 37.7 N/A
Liberal A. Henderson 9,304 24.6 N/A
Conservative J. Campbell 9,129 24.2 N/A
SNP Kenny MacAskill 5,090 13.5 N/A
Majority 4,951 13.1 N/A
Turnout 70.9 N/A
New creation: Labour gain. Swing N/A

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