Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (November 2011)|
|Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale|
|Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Scottish Borders (part)
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). 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 Roxburgh and Berwickshire.
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 areas
The Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale 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 (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
The Holyrood constituency covers a western portion of the Scottish Borders council area and a western portion of the Midlothian council area. The rest of the Scottish Borders area is covered by the Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency. The rest of the Midlothian area is covered by the Midlothian constituency, which is in the Lothians electoral region.
Following their First Periodic review into constituencies for the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland has recommendated altering the Tweedale, Ettrick, and Lauderdale constituency into a newly formed Midlothian South, Tweedale and Lauderdale seat. The neighbouring constituency is an altered Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Ian Jenkins||Liberal Democrats|
|2003||Jeremy Purvis||Liberal Democrats|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Purvis||10,656||35.1||+8.1|
|Labour||Catherine Maxwell Stuart||4,019||13.2||-8.4|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Purvis||7,197||26.96||−8.86|
|SNP||Christine Grahame||6,659||24.94||+ 2.40|
|Labour||Catherine Maxwell Stuart||5,757||21.56||−0.82|
|Conservative||Derek Brownlee||5,686||21.30||+ 2.05|
|Scottish Socialist||Norman Lockhart||1,055||3.95||+ 3.95|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale|
|Liberal Democrats||Ian Jenkins||12,078||35.82||n/a|