Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (UK Parliament constituency)
|Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Scottish Borders|
|Member of parliament||John Lamont (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, and Roxburgh and Berwickshire|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in the south of Scotland within the Scottish Borders council area. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting. The current MP is John Lamont of the Conservative Party, who was first elected at the 2017 general election. As of 2017 it is the safest Conservative seat in Scotland.
As created by the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland the constituency is one of six covering the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area and the South Lanarkshire council area. The other five constituencies are: Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Lanark and Hamilton East and Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency covers part of the Scottish Borders council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, which also covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.
Michael Moore held the seat from its creation in 2005, and was MP for the predecessor seat of Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale from 1997-2005. The seat and its predecessor seats (Roxburgh and Berwickshire and Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale) had a strong Liberal Party presence since the 1960s, with former Liberal leader David Steel having represented the seat from 1965-1997. Historically, the Conservative Party has been the main challenger to the seat, and they currently hold the equivalent Holyrood seat. At the 2015 general election, Moore and the Liberal Democrats were pushed into third place in the constituency and the seat was narrowly won by Calum Kerr of the Scottish National Party over the Scottish Conservative Party candidate, John Lamont by 328 votes.
At the 2017 snap election, Lamont (who contested the seat for the fourth consecutive election) won the seat from the SNP by 11,060 votes - polling more votes than any other candidate in Scotland, and making it the safest Conservative Party seat in Scotland.
Members of Parliament
|2005||Michael Moore||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Jenny Marr |
2017 general election
|Labour Co-op||Ian Davidson||4,519||8.6||+3.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Caroline Burgess||2,482||4.7||-14.0|
|Conservative gain from SNP||Swing||+10.85|
2015 general election
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Moore||10,294||18.7||−26.7|
|Scottish Green||Pauline Stewart||631||1.1||N/A|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+27.1|
2010 general election
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Moore||22,230||45.4||+3.5|
|Scottish Jacobite||Chris Black||134||0.3||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−0.7|
Elections in the 2000s
2005 general election
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Moore||18,993||41.8|
|Scottish Socialist||Graeme McIver||695||1.5|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|
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