( Na h-Eileanan an Iar ; / / Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: ), formerly [nəˈhelanən əˈɲiəɾ] , is a Western Isles constituency of the Scottish Parliament ( Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It is also one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
Electoral region [ edit ]
The Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies are
Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Orkney, Shetland 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 Western Isles constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, with the name and boundaries of an existing
Westminster constituency. It voted for the first time in the Scottish Parliament election, 1999. From the United Kingdom general election, 2005, however, the name of the Westminster ( House of Commons) constituency was changed to Na h-Eileanan an Iar.
The Holyrood constituency covers
Na h-Eileanan Siar (the Western Isles council area).
Geographically, the constituency consists of the
Outer Hebridean islands. The major islands are Barra, Benbecula, Lewis and Harris, North Uist and South Uist. On the grounds of the remoteness of the constituency from the rest of Scotland, and the difficulties involved in getting from island to island, there is a significantly smaller electorate than in the mainland Scottish Parliament constituencies. [1 ]
Member of the Scottish Parliament [ edit ]
Election results [ edit ]
Conservative and Liberal Democrat both gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit
^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
^ Statement of Persons Nominated Western Isles Council