Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions 1999 to 2011

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The Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) has 73 constituencies, each electing one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) system of election, and eight additional members regions, each electing seven additional MSPs.

Each region is a group of constituencies, and the D'Hondt method of allocating additional member seats from party lists is used to produce a form of proportional representation for each region

The total number of parliamentary seats is 129. For links to lists of MSPs, see Member of the Scottish Parliament.

The constituencies and regions were first used in 1999, for the first election of the Scottish Parliament, and were used also for the 2003 and 2007 elections.

The First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries[1][2] by the Boundary Commission for Scotland was started in 2007, and the Commission reported to the Secretary of State for Scotland on 26 May 2010. The Commission's recommendations are expected to be implemented for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election and to form the Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions from 2011.

Boundaries[edit]

The Scottish Parliament constituencies from 1999 were created with the boundaries of the constituencies of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster) as they were in 1999, apart from Orkney and Shetland, which are separate constituencies, unlike the single Orkney and Shetland Westminster constituency.

Under the Scotland Act 1998, changes to Westminster boundaries were also to be changes to Holyrood boundaries. This link between the two sets of constituencies was broken, however, by the Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004, before the results of the fifth periodical review of Westminster constituencies were implemented for the 2005 United Kingdom general election. The fifth Westminster review reduced the number of Westminster constituencies and, therefore, the number of Scottish Members of Parliament, from 72 to 59.

The boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as they existed until 2005, had not been subject to review since the removal of local government regions and districts. Many Holyrood constituencies, retaining those boundaries as they do, now straddle boundaries between the current council areas created in 1996. Newer Westminster constituencies also straddle council area boundaries but, in Westminster representation, there is a clear sense of council areas being grouped into larger areas: the East Ayrshire council area and South Ayrshire council area, for example, are treated as a single area.

Various council areas are divided between two Holyrood electoral regions. One council area, the South Lanarkshire council area, is divided between three different electoral regions.

The Arbuthnott Commission, in its final report, January 2006, recommended that council area boundaries and Holyrood and Westminster constituency boundaries should all be reviewed together. This recommendation has not been implemented.

Constituencies (first past the post seats)[edit]

Constituency Council area or areas Additional members region
A
Aberdeen Central Part of Aberdeen City North East Scotland
Aberdeen North Part of Aberdeen City North East Scotland
Aberdeen South Part of Aberdeen City North East Scotland
Airdrie and Shotts Part of North Lanarkshire Central Scotland
Angus Part of Angus, part of Dundee City, and part of Perth and Kinross North East Scotland
Argyll and Bute Part of Argyll and Bute Highlands and Islands
Ayr Part of South Ayrshire South of Scotland
B
Banff and Buchan Part of Aberdeenshire North East Scotland
C
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Part of Highland Highlands and Islands
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Part of East Ayrshire, and part of South Ayrshire South of Scotland
Central Fife Part of Fife Mid Scotland and Fife
Clydesdale Part of South Lanarkshire South of Scotland
Clydebank and Milngavie Part of East Dunbartonshire, and part of West Dunbartonshire West of Scotland
Coatbridge and Chryston Part of East Dunbartonshire, and part of North Lanarkshire Central Scotland
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Part of North Lanarkshire Central Scotland
Cunninghame North Part of North Ayrshire West of Scotland
Cunninghame South Part of North Ayrshire South of Scotland
D
Dumbarton Part of Argyll and Bute, and part of West Dunbartonshire West of Scotland
Dumfries Part of Dumfries and Galloway South of Scotland
Dundee East Part of Dundee City North East Scotland
Dundee West Part of Dundee City North East Scotland
Dunfermline East Part of Fife Mid Scotland and Fife
Dunfermline West Part of Fife Mid Scotland and Fife
E
East Kilbride Part of South Lanarkshire Central Scotland
East Lothian Part of East Lothian South of Scotland
Eastwood East Renfrewshire West of Scotland
Edinburgh Central Part of City of Edinburgh Lothians
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh Part of East Lothian, and part of City of Edinburgh Lothians
Edinburgh North and Leith Part of City of Edinburgh Lothians
Edinburgh Pentlands Part of City of Edinburgh Lothians
Edinburgh South Part of City of Edinburgh Lothians
Edinburgh West Part of City of Edinburgh Lothians
F
Falkirk East Part of Falkirk Central Scotland
Falkirk West Part of Falkirk Central Scotland
G
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale Part of Dumfries and Galloway South of Scotland
Glasgow Anniesland Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Baillieston Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Cathcart Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Govan Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Kelvin Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Maryhill Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Pollok Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Rutherglen Part of Glasgow City, and part of South Lanarkshire Glasgow
Glasgow Shettleston Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Glasgow Springburn Part of Glasgow City Glasgow
Gordon Part of Aberdeenshire, and part of Moray North East Scotland
Greenock and Inverclyde Part of Inverclyde West of Scotland
H
Hamilton North and Bellshill Part of North Lanarkshire, and part of South Lanarkshire Central Scotland
Hamilton South Part of South Lanarkshire Central Scotland
I
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber Part of Highland Highlands and Islands
K
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Part of East Ayrshire Central Scotland
Kirkcaldy Part of Fife Mid Scotland and Fife
L
Linlithgow Part of West Lothian Lothians
Livingston Part of West Lothian Lothians
M
Midlothian Part of Midlothian Lothians
Moray Part of Moray Highlands and Islands
Motherwell and Wishaw Part of North Lanarkshire Central Scotland
N
North East Fife Part of Fife Mid Scotland and Fife
North Tayside Part of Angus, and part of Perth and Kinross Mid Scotland and Fife
O
Ochil Clackmannanshire, part of Perth and Kinross, and part of Stirling Mid Scotland and Fife
Orkney Orkney Islands Highlands and Islands
P
Paisley North Part of Renfrewshire West of Scotland
Paisley South Part of Renfrewshire West of Scotland
Perth Part of Perth and Kinross Mid Scotland and Fife
R
Ross, Skye and Inverness West Part of Highland Highlands and Islands
Roxburgh and Berwickshire Part of Scottish Borders South of Scotland
S
Shetland Shetland Islands Highlands and Islands
Stirling Part of Stirling Mid Scotland and Fife
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Part of East Dunbartonshire West of Scotland
T
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale Part of Midlothian, and part of Scottish Borders South of Scotland
W
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Part of Aberdeenshire North East Scotland
Western Isles Na h-Eileanan Siar Highlands and Islands
West Renfrewshire Part of Inverclyde, and part of Renfrewshire West of Scotland

Additional member regions[edit]

Region Constituencies map
Central Scotland Airdrie and Shotts
Coatbridge and Chryston
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
East Kilbride
Falkirk East
Falkirk West
Hamilton North and Bellshill
Hamilton South
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Motherwell and Wishaw
Central Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Glasgow Glasgow Anniesland
Glasgow Baillieston
Glasgow Cathcart
Glasgow Govan
Glasgow Kelvin
Glasgow Maryhill
Glasgow Pollok
Glasgow Rutherglen
Glasgow Shettleston
Glasgow Springburn
Glasgow 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Highlands and Islands Argyll and Bute
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Moray
Orkney
Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Shetland
Western Isles
Highlands and Islands 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Lothians Edinburgh Central
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Edinburgh North and Leith
Edinburgh Pentlands
Edinburgh South
Edinburgh West
Linlithgow
Livingston
Midlothian
Lothians 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Mid Scotland and Fife Central Fife
Dunfermline East
Dunfermline West
Kirkcaldy
North East Fife
North Tayside
Ochil
Perth
Stirling
Mid Scotland and Fife 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
North East Scotland Aberdeen Central
Aberdeen North
Aberdeen South
Angus
Banff and Buchan
Dundee East
Dundee West
Gordon
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
North East Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
South of Scotland Ayr
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Clydesdale
Cunninghame South
Dumfries
East Lothian
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
South of Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
West of Scotland Clydebank and Milngavie
Cunninghame North
Dumbarton
Eastwood
Greenock and Inverclyde
Paisley North
Paisley South
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
West Renfrewshire
West of Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries, Boundary Commission for Scotland website, accessed 20 December 2008
  2. ^ Constituencbutts reviewed, BBC News website, 3 July 2007, accessed 3 January 2009

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