Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Scottish Parliament constituency)
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|Roxburgh and Berwickshire|
|Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Scottish Borders|
Roxburgh and Berwickshire was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament until 2011. 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 South of 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.
The other eight constituencies of the South of Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Cunninghame South, Dumfries, East Lothian, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale and Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale.
The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, part of the North Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
The Holyrood constituency covers an eastern portion of the Scottish Borders council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency, which also covers a western portion of the Midlothian council area.
Following its First Periodic review of constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland has recommended the Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat be expanded to form the newly shaped Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency in time for the 2011 election.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Euan Robson||Liberal Democrats|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Roxburgh and Berwickshire|
Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Robson||8,571||33.38||-7.85||5,956||23.47|
|Scottish Senior Citizens||423||1.67|
|Independent - Paddy Scott Hogg||28||0.11|
|Total Valid votes||25,680||25,380|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Majority||1,985||7.73|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Roxburgh and Berwickshire|
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Robson||9,280||41.2||+0.6|
|Labour||Sam Held||2,802||12.5||- 2.2|
|Scottish Socialist||Graeme McIver||823||3.7||n/a|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||0.9 from LD to Con|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Roxburgh and Berwickshire|
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Robson||11,320||40.6||n/a|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||n/a|
Scottish Youth Parliament
Christina Hendry and Andrew McGowan were elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) in March 2011 for Roxburgh & Berwickshire.
Andrew McGowan MSYP took part in the 'Live Below the Line UK' challenge to raise money for the Global Poverty Project between 2 May - 6 May. The MSYP undertook the challenge to survive off £1 each day, for five days. Andrew raised just under £400 for the charity. The donations raised will go towards eradicating polio, ensuring a fair price for workers, exposing and tackling corruption as well as other anti-poverty strategies.
Andrew McGowan, who was also a Trustee/Director of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and Christina Hendrie stood down in June 2013.
In the SYP elections that followed, Nicola Pringle MSYP, Scott Redmond MSYP and Finlay Duff MSYP were elected to serve as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Borders.
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
- Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections - data-Scotland Office, 30 April 2008 (retrieved 5 April 2011)