North Tayside (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Angus (part)
Perth and Kinross (part)
North Tayside 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 Mid Scotland and Fife 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.
The region covers all of the Clackmannanshire council area, all of the Fife council area, all of the Perth and Kinross council area, all of the Stirling council area and parts of the Angus council area.
Constituency boundaries and council areas
The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of a pre-existing Westminster (House of Commons) constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster constituencies were generally replaced with new larger constituencies. For representation at Westminster, the area of the Holyrood constituency is now divided between the Perth and North Perthshire Westminster constituency and the Angus Westminster constituency.
The rest of the Angus council area is covered by the Angus constituency.
The Perth constituency is entirely within the Perth and Kinross council area, south of the Tayside North constituency.
The Angus constituency covers a small eastern portion of the Perth and Kinross council, a southern portion of the Angus council area, and north-western and north-eastern portions of the City of Dundee council area.
Characteristics of the constituency
The constituency is a relatively prosperous, largely rural, Lowland seat, on the fringe of the Highlands, with successful livestock farming, fruit-growing and tourism interests, a combination of small towns and rich agricultural land, with relatively low unemployment. It includes the towns of Pitlochry, Forfar and Blairgowrie. The south-western area, near the town of Perth, is the most populous.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
John Swinney has represented the constituency for the SNP since the first Scottish election in 1999. He is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, and was SNP leader from 2000 to 2004.
|1999||John Swinney||Scottish National Party|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: North Tayside|
|Liberal Democrats||James Taylor||3,175||9.0||-0.6|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: North Tayside|
|Liberal Democrats||Bob Forrest||3,206||9.6||+1.9|
|Scottish Socialist||Rosie Adams||941||2.8||+2.8|
|Scottish People's||George Ashe||234||0.7||+0.7|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: North Tayside|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Regent||2,948||7.75||N/A|