Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Tweedale Ettrick and Lauderdale ScottishParliamentConstituency.PNG
South of Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale shown within the South of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Scottish Borders (part)
Midlothian (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.

For the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, the seat of Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale was re-established as Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

Electoral region[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Boundary review[edit]

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[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Ian Jenkins Liberal Democrats
2003 Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrats

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Purvis 10,656 35.1 +8.1
SNP Christine Grahame 10,058 33.2 +8.3
Conservative Derek Brownlee 5,594 18.4 -2.8
Labour Catherine Maxwell Stuart 4,019 13.2 -8.4
Majority 598 2.0
Turnout 30,327 56.3 +3.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
Majority 538 2.01 n/a
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Jenkins 12,078 35.82 n/a
SNP Christine Creech 7,600 22.54 n/a
Labour George McGregor 7,546 22.38 n/a
Conservative John Campbell 6,491 19.25 n/a
Majority 4,478 13.28 n/a

Footnotes[edit]

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