Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Christine Grahame
Council area Midlothian
Scottish Borders

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It will elect 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 South Scotland 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.

For 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 South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries and Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire 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; Midlothian North and Musselburgh is part of the Lothian region.

Since the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale has been formed from the following electoral wards:

Candidates[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Christine Grahame 13,855 43.5 +9.6
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Purvis 8,931 28.0 -2.2
Labour Ian Miller 5,312 16.7 -2.6
Conservative Peter Duncan 3,743 11.8 -4.4
Majority 4,924 15.5
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP 10,971 33.9
Liberal Democrats 9,770 30.2
Labour 6,247 19.3
Conservative 5,235 16.2
Others 97 0.3
Majority 1,201 3.7
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Purvis 10,656 35.1 +8.1
SNP Christine Grahame 10,058 33.2 +8.3
Conservative Derek Brownlee 5,594 18.4 -2.8
Labour Catherine Maxwell Stuart 4,019 13.2 -8.4
Majority 598 2.0
Turnout 30,327 56.3 +3.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Purvis 7,197 26.96 −8.86
SNP Christine Grahame 6,659 24.94 + 2.40
Labour Catherine Maxwell Stuart 5,757 21.56 −0.82
Conservative Derek Brownlee 5,686 21.30 + 2.05
Scottish Socialist Norman Lockhart 1,055 3.95 + 3.95
Majority 538 2.01 n/a
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Jenkins 12,078 35.82 n/a
SNP Christine Creech 7,600 22.54 n/a
Labour George McGregor 7,546 22.38 n/a
Conservative John Campbell 6,491 19.25 n/a
Majority 4,478 13.28 n/a

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