Ross, Skye and Inverness West (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
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Highlands and Islands 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Ross, Skye and Inverness West shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Replaced by Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Inverness and Nairn
Council area Highland

Ross, Skye and Inverness West was 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. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Prior the Scottish Parliament election of 2011, the larger part of the constituency was divided between Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch and Caithness, Sutherland and Ross. Inverness was moved into a new seat called Inverness and Nairn.

Electoral region[edit]

See also Highlands and Islands Scottish Parliament region

The other seven constituencies of the Highlands and Islands electoral region during the constituency's existence were Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

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 council area, all of the Shetland council area and all of Na h-Eileanan Siar.

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Ross, Skye and Inverness West 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.[1] For representation at Westminster, the area of the Holyrood constituency is now divided between three constituencies: the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Westminster constituency, the Ross, Skye and Lochaber Westminster constituency and the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Westminster constituency.

Council area[edit]

See also Politics of the Highland council area

Ross, Skye and Inverness West is one of three Holyrood constituencies covering the Highland council area. The other two are Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber. Ross, Skye and Inverness West covers a central portion of the council area, with Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross to the north and Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber to the south. All three are within the Highlands and Islands electoral region.

When created in 1999 the constituency boundaries were definable with reference to council wards which were grouped, by the Highland Council, in relation to eight council management areas. Constituency and management area names have many elements in common, and the management areas had the boundaries of former districts of the Highland region, as abolished in 1996, namely Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Inverness, Nairn, Lochaber, Badenoch and Strathspey, Caithness and Sutherland.

The management areas were abolished in 2007, and the council has now three new corporate management areas, defined as groups of new wards, also introduced this year, 2007. The boundaries of the corporate management areas are similar to those of Westminster constituencies created in 2005. One corporate management area, the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross area, has boundaries, therefore, which are also similar to those of a Holyrood constituency. The boundaries of the other two corporate areas, the Ross, Skye and Lochaber area and the Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch and Strathspey area, are quite unlike those of any Holyrood constituency.

The most recent general election of the Highland Council was in 2007, and its current political composition is as follows:

Independents Scottish National Party Liberal Democrats Labour
35 23 14 8

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrat
2003
2007

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Farquhar Munro 13,501 42.6 -0.5
SNP David Thompson 10,015 31.6 +12.1
Labour Maureen Macmillan 4,789 15.1 -3.8
Conservative John Hodgson 3,122 9.8 -3.2
Scottish Enterprise Iain Brodie of Falsyde 292 0.9 +0.9
Majority 3,486 11.0 -12.6
Turnout 31,719 53.6 +1.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Farquhar Munro 12,495 43.1 +10.2
SNP David Thompson 5,647 19.5 -3.1
Labour Maureen MacMillan 5,464 18.9 -9.7
Conservative Jamie McGrigor 3,772 13.0 +3.1
Scottish Socialist Anne MacLeod 1,593 5.5 (+5.5)
Majority 6,848 23.6 +19.3
Turnout 28,971 51.9 -10.9
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Farquhar Munro 11,652 32.9 N/A
Labour Donnie Munro 10,113 28.6 N/A
SNP Jim Mather 7,997 22.6 N/A
Conservative John Scott 3,351 9.5 N/A
Independent William Briggs 2,302 6.5 N/A
Majority 1,539 4.3 N/A
Turnout 35,415 62.8 N/A

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland