Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (UK Parliament constituency)

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Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19551983
Number of members One
Replaced by Roxburgh & Berwickshire
Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale
Created from Roxburgh & Selkirk
Midlothian & Peebles

Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster) from 1955 to 1983. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was first defined by the First Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission, and first used in the 1955 general election, to cover the counties of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles.

The counties of Roxburgh and Selkirk were previously covered by the Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency, and the county of Peebles was previously covered by the Midlothian and Peebles constituency.

The boundaries of the Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles constituency were unaltered when the results of the Second Periodical Review were implemented for the February 1974 general election.

In 1975, Scottish counties were abolished under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

The Third Periodical Review took account of new local government boundaries, and results were implemented for the 1983 general election. The Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles constituency was abolished. The Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency, related to the Roxburgh and Berwickshire districts of the Borders region, and the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency, related to the Tweeddale and Ettrick and Lauderdale districts of the same region, were created. The Tweedale district had been created with the boundaries of the former county of Peebles.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1955 Charles Donaldson Conservative died in office December 1964
1965 by-election David Steel Liberal later Baron Steel of Aikwood
1983 constituency abolished: see Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale & Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Election Results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Steel 25,993 53.1
Conservative Gerry Malone 15,303 31.3
Labour David Albert Heald 4,150 8.5
SNP Angus Stewart 3,502 7.2
Majority 10,690 21.8
Turnout 82.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Steel 20,006 43.6
Conservative C. Anderson 12,573 27.4
SNP A. Edmonds 9,178 20.0
Labour D.A. Graham 4,076 8.9
Majority 7,433 16.2
Turnout 79.3
Liberal hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Steel 25,707 52.0
Conservative J.S. Thom 16,690 33.8
SNP D. Purves 3,953 8.0
Labour D.A. Graham 3,089 6.2
Majority 9,017 18.2
Turnout 86.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1970: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Steel 19,524 42.26
Conservative Russell Fairgrieve 18,974 41.07
Labour L. Griffiths 4,454 9.64
SNP H. Hastie 3,147 6.81
Anti-Abortion W.R. Cassell 103 0.22
Majority 550 1.19
Turnout 80.70
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Steel 20,607 45.66
Conservative I.J. McIntyre 18,396 40.76
Labour C. Lindsay 6,131 13.58
Majority 2,211 4.90
Turnout 84.80
Liberal hold Swing
Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles By-Election March 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David M S Steel 21,549 49.2 + 10.4
Conservative Robert L McEwen 16,942 38.6 - 4.2
Labour Ronald K Murray 4,936 11.2 - 4.6
Independent Scottish Nationalist A J C Kerr 411 0.9 - 1.6
Majority 4,607 10.5
Turnout 43,838 81.5% - 0.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing 7.3
General Election 1964: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Donaldson 18,924 42.81
Liberal David Steel 17,185 38.87
Labour R.K. Murray 7,007 15.85
SNP A.J.C. Kerr 1,093 2.47
Majority 1,739 3.93
Turnout 82.24
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Edward McArthur Donaldson 22,275 50.20
Liberal John MacDonald MacCormick 12,762 28.76
Labour Thomas Dalyell Loch 9,336 21.04
Majority 9,513 21.44
Turnout 80.01
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles

Electorate : 56,907

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Edward McArthur Donaldson 21,925 47.69
Liberal Stanley E. Graham 14,755 32.09
Labour Lawrence A. Morrison 9,296 20.22
Majority 7,170 15.60
Turnout 80.79
Conservative win (new seat)

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