Aberdeen South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Aberdeen South in Scotland for the 2005 general election.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||City of Aberdeen|
|Member of parliament||Callum McCaig (SNP)|
|Number of members||One|
|Scottish Parliament||North East Scotland|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Aberdeen South is a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The current MP is Callum McCaig of the Scottish National Party.
The constituency was first used in the 1885 general election, but has undergone boundary changes since then. There is also an Aberdeen South Holyrood constituency, a constituency of the Scottish Parliament, created in 1999 with the boundaries of the Westminster constituency at that time.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Election results
- 3.1 Elections in the 2010s
- 3.2 Elections in the 2000s
- 3.3 Elections in the 1990s
- 3.4 Elections in the 1980s
- 3.5 Elections in the 1970s
- 3.6 Elections in the 1960s
- 3.7 Elections in the 1950s
- 3.8 Elections in the 1940s
- 3.9 Elections in the 1930s
- 3.10 Elections in the 1920s
- 3.11 Elections in the 1910s
- 3.12 Elections in the 1900s
- 3.13 Elections in the 1890s
- 3.14 Elections in the 1880s
- 4 References
grouped by the Fifth Review
|Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire|
As redefined by the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland, and subsequently first used in the 2005 general election, Aberdeen South is entirely within the Aberdeen City council area and one of five constituencies covering that council area and the Aberdeenshire council area.
To the south and west of Aberdeen South there is West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, which is entirely within the Aberdeenshire area. To the north there is Aberdeen North which, like Aberdeen South is entirely within the Aberdeen City area. Further north there is Gordon, which covers part of the Aberdeen City area and part of the Aberdeenshire area. To the north of Gordon there is Banff and Buchan which, like West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, is entirely within the Aberdeenshire area.
1885 to 1918
When Aberdeen South was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and first used in the 1885 general election, so was Aberdeen North. Aberdeen South then consisted of the municipal wards of St Nicholas, Rosemount, Rubislaw and Ferryhill, and the 9th Parliamentary Polling District. The rest of the county of Aberdeen was covered by the county constituencies of Eastern Aberdeenshire and Western Aberdeenshire.
The same boundaries were used in the 1886 general election, the 1892 general election, the 1895 general election, the 1900 general election, the 1906 general election, the January 1910 general election and the December 1910 general election.
1918 to 1950
In 1918 constituency boundaries were redefined by the Representation of the People Act 1918. By then the City of Aberdeen had been created; Aberdeen North and Aberdeen South became the two constituencies covering the city (which was one of four counties of cities in Scotland) and entirely within the city. The new boundaries were first used in the 1918 general election, and Aberdeen South then consisted of the wards of Ferryhill, Rosemount, Rubislaw, Ruthrieston and St Nicholas. The county of Aberdeen was covered by Aberdeen and Kincardine East, Central Aberdeenshire and Kincardine and West Aberdeenshire. East Aberdeenshire and West Aberdeenshire were entirely within the county of Aberdeen. Kincardine and West Aberdeenshire covered the county of Kincardine (minus the burgh of Inverbervie, which was included in Montrose Burghs) and part of the county of Aberdeen.
1950 to 1955
For the 1950 general election boundaries were redefined again, by the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949. A new list of wards defined Aberdeen South - Ferryhill, Holburn, Rosemount, Rubislaw, Ruthrieston and Torry - but the City of Aberdeen remained a two-constituency city, divided between Aberdeen South and Aberdeen North, with both constituencies entirely within the city.
The same boundaries were used for the 1951 general election.
1955 to 1983
By the time of the 1955 general election, a boundary review had taken account of a small enlargement of the city area. However, the same list of wards - Ferryhill, Holburn, Rosemount, Rubislaw, Ruthrieston and Torry - continued to define Aberdeen South, and the same boundaries were used for the 1959 general election, the 1964 general election, the 1966 general election, the 1970 general election, the February 1974 general election and the October 1974 general election.
In 1975, throughout Scotland, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, counties were abolished, and the City of Aberdeen was enlarged to include areas formerly within the county of Aberdeen and the county of Kincardine. Also, the city became a district within the Grampian region. The enlarged city included areas covered by the constituencies of West Aberdeenshire and North Angus and Mearns. North Angus and Mearns had been created in 1950 to cover the county of Kincardine and part of the county of Angus.
The 1979 general election was held before a review of constituency boundaries took account of new local government boundaries.
1983 to 1997
The 1983 general election, the 1987 general election and the 1992 general election took place during this period. At the 1992 General Election the constituency was the only seat which Labour had won at the 1987 election to be gained by the Conservatives.
In 1996, under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994, local government regions and districts were abolished and the city became one of 32 unitary council areas of Scotland. Also, the name of the city became, officially, Aberdeen City.
1997 to 2005
As redefined for the 1997 general election Aberdeen South was one of three constituencies covering and entirely within the Aberdeen City area, the other two being Aberdeen North and Aberdeen Central. Aberdeen South shared boundaries with both of the other two constituencies.
The same boundaries were used for the 2001 general election.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal Democrat||Denis Rixon||2,252||4.6||−23.7|
|Scottish Green||Dan Yeats||964||2.0||+1.0|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+19.8|
|General Election 2010: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal Democrats||John Sleigh||12,216||28.4||−5.1|
|Scottish Green||Rhonda Reekie||413||1.0||−0.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal Democrat||Vicki Harris||13,924||33.5||+4.9|
|Scottish Green||Rhonda Reekie||768||1.8||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Donald Munro||403||1.0||−0.4|
|General Election 2001: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Yuill||10,308||27.9||+0.3|
|Scottish Socialist||David Watt||495||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal Democrat||Nicol Stephen||12,176||27.6||+1.0|
|Conservative||Raymond Scott Robertson||11,621||26.4||−11.0|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.2|
|General Election 1992: Aberdeen South, revised boundaries (Notional)|
|General Election 1992: Aberdeen South|
|Conservative||Raymond Scott Robertson||15,808||38.5||+3.6|
|SNP||James Cameron Davidson||6,223||15.1||+8.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Ms. Irene Keith||4,767||11.6||−9.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Aberdeen South|
|Social Democratic||Ian Gordon Philip||8,844||20.9||−5.3|
|SNP||Michael Fraser Weir||2,776||6.6||+1.6|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.0|
|General Election 1983: Aberdeen South|
|Social Democratic||Ian Gordon Philip||10,372||26.2|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Aberdeen South|
|Conservative||Iain MacDonald Sproat||20,820||40.72|
|Labour||Norman Anthony Godman||20,048||39.21|
|General Election October 1974: Aberdeen South|
|Conservative||Iain MacDonald Sproat||18,475||35.47|
|General Election February 1974: Aberdeen South|
|Conservative||Iain MacDonald Sproat||21,938||39.63|
|General Election 1970: Aberdeen South|
|Conservative||Iain MacDonald Sproat||23,843||45.41|
|Labour||Donald Campbell Dewar||22,754||43.33|
|Liberal||Kenneth J.B.S. McLeod||3,135||5.97|
|SNP||Bruce M. Cockie||2,777||5.29|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Aberdeen South|
|Labour||Donald Campbell Dewar||23,291||46.1|
|Liberal||Norman W. King||5,797||11.5|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.6|
|General Election 1964: Aberdeen South|
|Labour||Donald Campbell Dewar||21,926||42.45|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Aberdeen South|
|Labour||Peter Muir Doig||17,349||36.6|
|Liberal||Elma Tryphosa Dangerfield||4,558||9.6|
|General Election 1955: Aberdeen South|
|General Election 1951: Aberdeen South|
|General Election 1950: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||Richard Thomas Pirie||5,248||10.78|
Elections in the 1940s
|Aberdeen South by-election, 1946|
|Labour||Arthur James Irvine||17,911|
|General Election 1945: Aberdeen South|
|Unionist||James Douglas Wishart Thomson||19,214||46.73|
|Liberal||James Logie Milne||4,501||10.95|
Elections in the 1930s
|General Election 1935: Aberdeen South|
|Unionist||Sir James Douglas Wishart Thomson||25,270||68.14|
|Aberdeen South by-election, 1935|
|Unionist||Sir James Douglas Wishart Thomson||20,925|
|Labour||Joseph Forbes Duncan||10,760|
|General Election 1931: Aberdeen South|
|Unionist||Sir Frederick Charles Thomson||33,988||83.68|
Elections in the 1920s
|General Election 1929: Aberdeen South |
|Unionist||Sir Frederick Charles Thomson||21,540||60.1|
|Labour||William Henry Porteous Martin||13,856||39.1|
|General Election 1924: Aberdeen South|
|Unionist||Frederick Charles Thomson||16,092|
|General Election 1923: Aberdeen South |
|Unionist||Frederick Charles Thomson||11,258||47.3||-10.7|
|Liberal||Sir Charles Edward Mallet||5,641||23.7||-18.3|
|General Election 1922: Aberdeen South |
|Unionist||Frederick Charles Thomson||13,208||58.0||-4.4|
|Liberal||Sir Charles Edward Mallet||9,573||42.0||+21.2|
Elections in the 1910s
|General Election 1918: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||Sir John Fleming||3,535|
|Independent||James Robertson Watson||2,868|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
- endorsed by Coalition Government
|Aberdeen South by-election, 1917|
|Liberal||Sir John Fleming||3,283||64.1|
|Independent||James Robertson Watson||1,507||29.4|
|Independent||Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence||333||6.5|
|General Election December 1910: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||George Birnie Esslemont||5,862|
|Conservative||William C Smith||3,997|
|General Election January 1910: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||George Birnie Esslemont||6,749|
|Conservative||Ronald John McNeill||4,433|
Elections in the 1900s
|Aberdeen South by-election, 1907|
|Liberal||George Birnie Esslemont||3,779|
|Conservative||Ronald John McNeill||3,412|
|Independent Labour||Fred Bramley||1,740|
|General Election 1906: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||Rt Hon James Bryce||6,778|
|Liberal Unionist||W.G. Black||2,334|
|General Election 1900: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||Rt Hon James Bryce||4,238|
|Liberal Unionist||William Charles Smith||3,830|
Elections in the 1890s
|General Election 1895: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||Rt Hon James Bryce||3,985|
|Liberal Unionist||David Stewart||3,121|
By-election, 23 August 1892 - James Bryce re-elected unopposed
|General Election 1892: Aberdeen South|
|Liberal||Rt Hon James Bryce||3,513|
|Liberal Unionist||James S.G. McCullagh||1,768|
|Scottish Trades Councils||Henry Hyde Champion||991|
Elections in the 1880s
|General Election 1886: Aberdeen South|
|General Election 1885: Aberdeen South|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- The boundaries of Holyrood constituencies remain as when the constituencies were created in 1999
Holyrood refers to the fact that the Scottish Parliament Building is in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh
See also Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions
- Boundary Commission for Scotland website
See also List of UK Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland
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