Aberdeen North (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Aberdeen North
Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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North East Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Aberdeen North shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Aberdeen City (part)
Replaced by Aberdeen Donside

Aberdeen North was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament from 1999–2011. It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, it was one of nine constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine (now ten) constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

See also North East Scotland Scottish Parliament region#1999–2011

Between 1999 and 2011, the North East Scotland electoral region consisted of Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen North, Aberdeen South, Angus, Banff and Buchan, Dundee East, Dundee West, Gordon, and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.

The region covered the Aberdeenshire council area, the Aberdeen City council area, the Dundee City council area, part of the Angus council area, a small part of the Moray council area, and a small part of the Perth and Kinross council area.

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Aberdeen North 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 boundaries of the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency were subject to major alterations.

Boundary review[edit]

See Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions from 2011

Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament,[1] the Boundary Commission for Scotland has created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area. These seats, first contested at the 2011 election, are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine. Aberdeen North will be succeeded by Aberdeen Donside.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Elaine Thomson Scottish Labour Party
2003 Brian Adam Scottish National Party
2011 constituency abolished: replaced by Aberdeen Donside

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Aberdeen North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Brian Adam 11,406 45.8 +12.3
Labour Elaine Thomson 7,657 30.8 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Steve Delaney 3,836 15.4 -7.6
Conservative Carol Garvie 1,992 8.0 -1.2
Majority 3,749 15.1 +13.3
Turnout 24,891 48.3 +1.0
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Aberdeen North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Brian Adam 8,381 33.5 -2.2
Labour Elaine Thomson 7,924 31.7 -5.5
Liberal Democrats John Reynolds 5,767 23.0 +5.9
Conservative Jim Gifford 2,311 9.2 -0.7
Scottish Socialist Katrine Trolle 644 2.6 +2.6
Majority 457 1.8
Turnout 25027 47.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing +1.7
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Aberdeen North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elaine Thomson 10,340 37.2 N/A
SNP Brian Adam 9,942 35.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats James Donaldson 4,767 17.1 N/A
Conservative Iain Haughie 2,772 10 N/A
Majority 398 1.4
Turnout 27,821


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-04-11.  Review of Constituencies at the Scottish Parliament, news release, Boundary Commission for Scotland

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