Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°46′34″N 2°24′40″W / 55.776°N 2.411°W / 55.776; -2.411

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in Scotland.
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Calum Kerr (SNP)
Overlaps
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 incumbent MP is Calum Kerr of the SNP.

A mostly rural seat, it includes the towns of Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose and Selkirk.

Boundaries[edit]

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.

The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency is predominantly rural, and includes the towns of Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh and Selkirk.

History[edit]

Michael Moore held the seat since its creation in 2005, and was MP for the predecessor seat of Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale from 1997-2005. The seat and its predecessor seats had a strong Liberal presence since the 1960s, with former Liberal leader David Steel having represented the seat from 1965 to 1997. Historically, the Conservative Party has been the main challenger to the seat, and they currently hold the equivalent Holyrood seat. In 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.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
2005 Michael Moore Liberal Democrat
2015 Calum Kerr SNP

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Calum Kerr[2] 20,145 36.6 +27.4
Conservative John Lamont[3] 19,817 36.0 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Michael Moore[3] 10,294 18.7 −26.7
Labour Kenryck Lloyd Jones[4] 2,700 4.9 −5.3
UKIP Peter Neilson[4] 1,316 2.4 +1.2
Scottish Green Pauline Stewart[5] 631 1.1 N/A
Independent Jesse Rae[4] 135 0.2 N/A
Majority 328 0.6 −11.0
Turnout 55,038 74.2 +7.8
SNP gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +12.6
General Election 2010: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Moore 22,230 45.4 +3.5
Conservative John Lamont 16,555 33.8 +4.9
Labour Ian Miller 5,003 10.2 −5.7
SNP Paul Wheelhouse 4,497 9.2 +0.6
UKIP Sherry Fowler 595 1.2 −0.1
Scottish Jacobite Chris Black 134 0.3 +0.3
Majority 5,675 11.6
Turnout 49,014 66.4 +2.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Moore 18,993 41.8
Conservative John Lamont 13,092 28.8
Labour Sam Held 7,206 15.9
SNP Aileen Orr 3,885 8.6
Liberal John Hein 916 2.0
Scottish Socialist Graeme McIver 695 1.5
UKIP Peter Neilson 601 1.3
Majority 5,901 13.0
Turnout 45,388 63.3
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

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