Angus (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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Angus shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Angus (part)
Dundee City (part)
Perth and Kinross (part)
Replaced by Angus North and Mearns,
Angus South

Angus 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 elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Angus was expanded and ultimatey split into two separate constituencies; Angus North and Mearns and Angus South

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen North, Aberdeen South, Banff and Buchan, Dundee East, Dundee West, Gordon and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

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.

Constituency boundaries and council areas[edit]

The Angus 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.

The Holyrood constituency covers a southern portion of the Angus council area, north-eastern and north-western portions of the Dundee City council area and a small eastern portion of the Perth and Kinross council area. The rest of the Angus council area is covered by the North Tayside constituency. The rest of the City of Dundee area is covered by the Dundee West and Dundee East constituencies, and the rest of the Perth and Kinross area is covered by the North Tayside constituency, the Perth constituency and the Ochil constituency. The North Tayside, Perth and Ochil constituencies are all within the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region.

Boundary review[edit]

Following the First Periodic review of constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, Angus will be split into two newly drawn seats in time for the election in 2011. These will be Angus North and Mearns and Angus South.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

The constituency was represented for its entirety by the Scottish National Party MSP Andrew Welsh.

Election Member Party
1999 Andrew Welsh Scottish National Party
2011 constituency abolished: replaced by Angus South

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Angus
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Andrew Welsh 15,686 49.1 +4.6
Conservative Alex Johnstone 7,443 23.3 +1.3
Labour Doug Bradley 5,032 15.7 -0.7
Liberal Democrats Scott Rennie 3,799 11.9 -0.9
Majority 8,243 25.8
Turnout 31,960 53.0 +3.8
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Angus
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Andrew Welsh 13,251 44.48 -2.01
Conservative Alex Johnstone 6,564 22.03 +1.32
Labour John Denning 4,871 16.35 -3.67
Liberal Democrats Dick Spiers 3,802 12.76 -0.02
Scottish Socialist Bruce Wallace 1,301 4.37 +4.37
Majority 6,687 22.45 -3.32
Turnout 29,787 49.15 -8.51
SNP hold Swing N/A
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Angus
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Andrew Welsh 16,055 46.49 -1.78
Conservative Ron Harris 7,154 20.71 -3.90
Labour Ian McFatridge 6,914 20.02 +4.39
Liberal Democrats Dick Spiers 4,413 12.78 -7.66
Majority 7,893 32.40 N/A
SNP hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]