Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (UK Parliament constituency)
|Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross|
for the House of Commons
|Major settlements||Thurso, Wick|
|Member of Parliament||Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrats)|
|Created from||Caithness & Sutherland and Ross, Cromarty & Skye|
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It is the most northerly constituency on the British mainland. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.
The constituency is estimated to have voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52% to 48% in the 2016 Brexit referendum.
1997–2005: Caithness District, Sutherland District, and the Ross and Cromarty District electoral divisions of Easter Ross, Invergordon, and Tain.
2005–present: The Highland Council wards of Alness and Ardross, Brora, Caithness Central, Caithness North East, Caithness North West, Caithness South East, Dornoch Firth, Ferindonald, Golspie and Rogart, Invergordon, Pulteneytown, Rosskeen and Saltburn, Seaboard, Sutherland Central, Sutherland North West, Tain East, Tain West, Thurso Central, Thurso East, Thurso West, Tongue and Farr, Wick, and Wick West.
In 2005 the Westminster constituency was enlarged slightly, to include a small area from Ross, Skye and Inverness West. The rest of the latter was divided between two new constituencies, Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.
It is also the second-largest UK constituency by area, behind Ross, Skye and Lochaber.
Local government area
Since it was created in 1997 the constituency has been one of three covering the Highland council area. Since 2005 the other two have been Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. From 1997 to 2005 the other constituencies of the council area were Ross, Skye and Inverness West and Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber. Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross is the most northerly of the constituencies, and it now has the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency on its southern boundary.
As enlarged in 2005, the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency covered 23 out of the 80 wards of the council area: all ten wards of the Caithness area committee, all six wards of the Sutherland area committee and seven (Alness and Ardross, Invergordon, Ferindonald, Rosskeen and Saltburn, Seaboard, Tain East and Tain West) out of the 18 wards of the Ross and Cromarty area committee.
Ward boundaries were redrawn again in 2007, and the management areas were abolished in favour of three new corporate management areas. The new areas consist of groups of the new wards, and boundaries are similar to those of the Westminster constituencies, as defined in 2005. Two areas, the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross area and the Ross, Skye and Lochaber area, have the names of Westminster constituencies. The name of the third area, the Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch and Strathspey area, is very similar to that of the third constituency.
At Holyrood the area of the Westminster constituency is represented by an even larger constituency, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Robert Maclennan||Liberal Democrats|
|2001||John Thurso||Liberal Democrats|
|2017||Jamie Stone||Liberal Democrats|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Jamie Stone||11,705||37.2||+1.4|
|Brexit Party||Sandra Skinner||1,139||3.6||New|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−3.0|
This was the smallest Liberal Democrat majority at the 2019 general election.
|Liberal Democrats||Jamie Stone||11,061||35.8||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats gain from SNP||Swing||+8.9|
|Liberal Democrats||John Thurso||11,987||35.1||−6.3|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+16.7|
|Liberal Democrats||John Thurso||11,907||41.4||−9.1|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−6.4|
Elections in the 2000s
Fourth Periodic Review boundaries
|Liberal Democrats||John Thurso||13,957||50.5||+11.9|
|Scottish Socialist||Luke Ivory||548||2.0||−0.2|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+7.6|
|Liberal Democrats||John Thurso||9,041||36.4||+0.8|
|Scottish Socialist||Karn Mabon||544||2.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+1.6|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Maclennan||10,381||35.6||-8.8|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|
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