Banff and Buchan (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Banff and Buchan|
|Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Aberdeenshire (part)|
|Replaced by||Aberdeenshire East,
Banffshire and Buchan Coast
Banff and Buchan was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) between 1999 and 2011 when it was substantially succeeded by Banffshire and Buchan Coast. 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.
Until the 2011 election, the other eight constituencies of the North East Scotland region were Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen North, Aberdeen South, Angus, 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.
The Banff and Buchan 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.
Following the First Periodic review of constituencies for the Scottish Parliament, Banff and Buchan has become the newly drawn seat of Banffshire and Buchan Coast for the elections in 2011.
The Holyrood constituency covered a northern portion of the Aberdeenshire council area. The rest of the Aberdeenshire area is covered by two other constituencies, both also in the North East Scotland electoral region: Gordon was the constituency to the south of the Banff and Buchan constituency, and the former West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine was further south. Gordon also covered a small eastern portion of the Moray council area.
Members of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Rt Hon Alex Salmond||Scottish National Party|
|2011||constituency abolished: replaced by Banffshire and Buchan Coast|
|Conservative||Geordie Burnett Stuart||5,501||20.2||-0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Alison McInnes||2,617||9.6||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Debra Storr||2,227||8.52||-8.231|
|Scottish Socialist||Alice Rowan||840||3.21||+3.211|
1. The percentage changes in the share of the vote are relative to the 1999 election not the 2001 by-election
|Liberal Democrats||Kenyon Wright||3,231||10.42||-6.33|
|Scottish Socialist||Peter Anderson||682||2.20||+2.20|
|Liberal Democrats||Maitland Mackie||5,315||16.75||+10.78|