Aberdeen South (Scottish Parliament constituency)
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|Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Aberdeen City (part)|
|Replaced by||Aberdeen Central,
Aberdeen South & North Kincardine
Aberdeen South was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it was one of nine constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elected seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The region covers 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.
The Aberdeen South 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 some alteration.
The Holyrood constituency was within the Aberdeen City council area, which was divided between three North East Scotland constituencies: Aberdeen South, Aberdeen Central and Aberdeen North. All three are entirely within the city area.
Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland has created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area. These seats, which were formed in time for the elections in 2011, wereAberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Nicol Stephen||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|2011||constituency abolished: replaced by Aberdeen South and North Kincardine|
|Liberal Democrats||Nicol Stephen||10,843||36.3||-9.6|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-11.2%|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal Democrats||Nicol Stephen||13,821||45.9||+13.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Keith Farnsworth||953||3.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+10.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Nicol Stephen||11,300||32.6||N/A|
|Socialist Workers||Scott Sutherland||206||0.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
Politics and history of the constituency
|Constituency represented by the Deputy First Minister
2005 – 2007