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 John Lamont (Conservative)
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 current MP is John Lamont of the Conservative Party, who was first elected at the 2017 general election.

A mostly rural constituency, 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 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, making it the safest Conservative Party seat in Scotland.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
2005 Michael Moore Liberal Democrat
2015 Calum Kerr SNP
2017 John Lamont Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2017 general election[edit]

General Election 2017: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk[2][3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lamont 28,213 53.9 +17.9
SNP Calum Kerr 17,153 32.8 -3.8
Labour Co-op Ian Davidson 4,519 8.6 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Caroline Burgess 2,482 4.7 -14.0
Majority 11,060 21.1
Turnout 52,367 71.5 -2.7
Conservative gain from SNP Swing

2015 general election[edit]

General Election 2015: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Calum Kerr[8] 20,145 36.6 +27.4
Conservative John Lamont[9] 19,817 36.0 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Michael Moore[9] 10,294 18.7 −26.7
Labour Kenryck Jones[10] 2,700 4.9 −5.3
UKIP Peter Neilson[10] 1,316 2.4 +1.2
Scottish Green Pauline Stewart[11] 631 1.1 N/A
Independent Jesse Rae[10] 135 0.2 N/A
Majority 328 0.6 n/a
Turnout 55,038 74.2 +7.8
SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +27.1

2010 general election[edit]

Michael Moore.
General Election 2010: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk[12][13]
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]

2005 general election[edit]

General Election 2005: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk[14]
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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 2)
  2. ^ "Tory MSP to quit Holyrood to stand for Westminster". 25 April 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  3. ^ Mackay, Colin (24 April 2017). "Former Pollock MP Ian Davidson going for Berwickshire Roxburgh & Selkirk". 
  4. ^ "General Election: SNP reselects 54 MPs". www.scotsman.com. 
  5. ^ "John Lamont to stand in June's general election". Border Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-08-24.  9Aug15
  8. ^ Calum Kerr, Biography on SNP website, retrieved March 2015
  9. ^ a b "UK ELECTION RESULTS". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk. 
  10. ^ a b c "Candidates for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in the 2015 UK General Election". yournextmp.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. 
  11. ^ "SCOTTISH GREENS CONFIRM BIGGEST SLATE OF WESTMINSTER CANDIDATES". scottishgreens.org.uk. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk". bbc.co.uk. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.