Aberdeen Central (Scottish Parliament constituency)
Aberdeen Central shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
|• MSP||Kevin Stewart|
|• Total||17.0 km2 (6.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)|
Aberdeen Central is a burgh 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 ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The other nine constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Donside, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East and Dundee City West.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Aberdeen Central 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, the Westminster constituency was abolished.
The Holyrood constituency is within the Aberdeen City council area, which is divided between three constituencies: Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine. Central and Donside are entirely within the city area, while South and North Kincardine also takes in North Kincardine in the Aberdeenshire council area.
Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area.
In forming the new Aberdeen Central, the electoral wards used are:
- In full: Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen, Midstocket/Rosemount, George Street/Harbour
- In part: Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill (shared with Aberdeen Donside), Hazlehead/Ashley/Queens Cross, Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee, Torry/Ferryhill (shared with Aberdeen South and North Kincardine)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Liberal Democrats||Ken McLeod||1,735||6.5||-2.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Sheila Thomson||2,349||9.3||-17.6|
|National Front||Mike Phillips||201||0.8||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||John Stewart||4,693||22.2||-0.4|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Aberdeen Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Eleanor Anderson||4,744||22.6||+6.0|
|Scottish Socialist||Andy Cumbers||1,176||5.6||+3.6|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Aberdeen Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Eleanor Anderson||4,403||16.6||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Andy Cumbers||523||2||N/A|