Midlothian North and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Midlothian North and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Midlothian North and Musselburgh shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
MSP Colin Beattie
Council area Midlothian
East Lothian
Party Scottish National Party

Midlothian North and Musselburgh is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Lothian electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Before the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Midlothian was abolished, with the creation of two new constituencies called Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western and Linlithgow.

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

Midlothian is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, the latter is part of the South Scotland region.

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the newly formed constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh is formed from the following electoral wards;

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Colin Beattie 14,079 47.2 +11.9
Labour Bernard Harkins 11,083 37.2 -3.3
Conservative Scott Douglas 2,541 8.5 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Ian Younger 1,254 4.2 -9.6
Independent Alan Hay 861 2.9 +2.9
Majority 2,996 10
Turnout 29,818 51
SNP gain from Labour Swing 7.6
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 11,670 40.5
SNP 10,177 35.3
Liberal Democrats 3,969 13.8
Conservative 2,611 9.1
Others 401 1.4
Majority 1,493 5.2
Labour hold Swing

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