South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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South Scotland
electoral region
for the Scottish Parliament
South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
South Scotland shown within Scotland
Current electoral region
Created 2011
MSPs Scottish National Party 8
Labour 4
Scottish Conservative Party 3
Liberal Democrats 1
Council areas Dumfries and Galloway
East Ayrshire (part)
East Lothian (part)
Midlothian (part)
Scottish Borders
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire (part)
Constituencies Ayr
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Clydesdale
Dumfriesshire
East Lothian
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Galloway and West Dumfries
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Midlothian South, Tweeddale, and Lauderdale

South Scotland is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament. Nine of the parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elects a total of 16 MSPs.

The South Scotland region was created as a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries and largely replaced the South of Scotland region.[1]

Constituencies and local government areas[edit]

As a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries the boundaries for the region and constituencies were redrawn for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Constituencies
  1. Ayr
  2. Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
  3. Clydesdale
  4. Dumfriesshire
  5. East Lothian
  6. Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
  7. Galloway and West Dumfries
  8. Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
  9. Midlothian South, Tweeddale, and Lauderdale

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Constituency MSPs[edit]

as South of Scotland
Term Election Ayr Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Clydesdale Galloway and Upper Nithsdale Dumfries Roxburgh and Berwickshire Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale East Lothian Cunninghame South area formerly within the Central Scotland Region prior to 2011
1st 1999 Ian Welsh
(Labour)
Cathy Jamieson
(Labour)
Karen Gillon
(Labour)
Alasdair Morgan
(SNP)
Elaine Murray
(Labour)
Euan Robson
(LD)
Ian Jenkins
(LD)
John Home Robertson
(Labour)
Irene Oldfather
(Labour)
2000 by John Scott
(Conservative)
2nd 2003 Alex Fergusson
(Conservative)
Jeremy Purvis
(LD)
3rd 2007 John Lamont
(Conservative)
Iain Gray
(Labour)
as South Scotland
Term Election Ayr Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Clydesdale Galloway and West Dumfries Dumfriesshire Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale East Lothian area covered by former constituency moved to the West Scotland Region from 2011 Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
4th 2011 John Scott
(Conservative)
Adam Ingram
(SNP)
Aileen Campbell
(SNP)
Alex Fergusson
(Conservative)
Elaine Murray
(Labour)
John Lamont
(Conservative)
Christine Grahame
(SNP)
Iain Gray
(Labour)
Willie Coffey
(SNP)

Regional List MSPs[edit]

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Parliament MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP
as South of Scotland
1st
(1999-2003)
Christine Grahame
(SNP)
Adam Ingram
(SNP)
Michael Russell
(SNP)
Alex Fergusson
(Conservative)
Murray Tosh
(Conservative)
David Mundell
(Conservative)
Phil Gallie
(Conservative)
2nd
(2003-07)
Alasdair Morgan
(SNP)
Rosemary Byrne
(Socialist)
Chris Ballance
(Green)
Derek Brownlee
(Conservative)
3rd
(2007-11)
Michael Russell
(SNP)
Aileen Campbell
(SNP)
Jim Hume
(Lib Dem)
as South Scotland
4th
(2011-15)
Joan McAlpine
(SNP)
Aileen McLeod
(SNP)
Paul Wheelhouse
(SNP)
Chic Brodie
(SNP)
Claudia Beamish
(Labour)
Graeme Pearson
(Labour)
Jim Hume
(Lib Dem)

2011 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: South Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Ayr John Scott Conservative hold
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Adam Ingram SNP gain from Labour
Clydesdale Aileen Campbell SNP gain from Labour
Dumfriesshire Elaine Murray Labour gain from [[{{{loser}}}|{{Template:{{{loser}}}/meta/shortname}}]]
East Lothian Iain Gray Labour hold
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont Conservative hold
Galloway and West Dumfries Alex Fergusson Conservative hold
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Willie Coffey SNP hold
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Christine Grahame SNP hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: South Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Joan McAlpine
Aileen McLeod
Paul Wheelhouse
Chic Brodie
4 -1 114,270 40.96% +12.4
Labour Claudia Beamish
Graeme Pearson
2 +2 70,596 25.3% -3.5
Conservative 0 -1 54,352 19.48% -2.8
Liberal Democrats Jim Hume 1 ±0 15,096 5.41% -4.5
Scottish Green 0 ±0 8,656 3.1% -0.3
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 ±0 4,418 1.58% -0.4
UKIP 0 ±0 3,343 1.16% +0.6
Socialist Labour 0 ±0 2,906 1.04% +0.5
BNP 0 ±0 2,017 0.72% -0.4
Scottish Christian 0 ±0 1,924 0.69% -0.1
Solidarity 0 ±0 813 0.29% -0.7
Scottish Socialist 0 ±0 697 0.25% -0.2

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/1st_holyrood/1st_holyrood.asp