Shetland (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Shetland
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Shetland (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Shetland shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Tavish Scott
Council area Shetland Islands
Party Liberal Democrat

Shetland is 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.

Electoral region[edit]

Shetland is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies of are Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

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

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Shetland constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, to cover the Shetland Isles council area. In the House of Commons of the British Parliament at (Westminster), the council area is covered by the Orkney and Shetland constituency, which also covers the Orkney Islands council area.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

It has been represented by Tavish Scott, former Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, since the 1999 election.

Election Member Party
1999 Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat
2003
2007
2011

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 4,462 47.5 -19.2
Independent Billy Fox 2,845 30.3 +30.3
SNP Jean Urquhart 1,134 12.1 -4.5
Labour Jamie Kerr 620 6.6 -0.2
Conservative Sandy Cross 330 3.5 -6.4
Majority 1,617 17.2
Turnout 9,391 53.4 -404
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 6,531 66.7 +20.7
SNP Val Simpson 1,622 16.6 -3.4
Conservative Mark Jones 972 9.9 -4.9
Labour Scott Burnett 670 6.8 -3.9
Majority 4,409 50.1
Turnout 9,795 57.3 +5.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament Election 2003: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 3,989 46.14 - 8.33
SNP Willie Ross 1,729 20.00 + 5.67
Conservative John Firth 1,281 14.82 + 6.08
Labour Peter Hamilton 880 10.18 - 12.28
Scottish Socialist Peter Andrews 766 8.86 + 8.86
Majority 2,260 26.14 - 5.87
Turnout 8,645, 51.84 - 6.93
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament Election 1999: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 5,455 54.47 N/A
Labour Jonathan Wills 2,241 22.46 N/A
SNP Willie Ross 1,430 14.33 N/A
Conservative Gary Robinson 872 8.74 N/A
Majority 3,214 32.01
Turnout 9,998 58.3
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Notes[edit]

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

See also[edit]