Caithness, Sutherland and Ross (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Gail Ross
Council area Highland

Caithness, Sutherland and Ross is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It is also one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross replaced Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and part of Ross, Skye and Inverness West.

Electoral region[edit]

The Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies are Argyll and Bute, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney, Shetland and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

The eight constituencies of the Highlands and Islands electoral region cover most of Argyll and Bute council area, all of the Highland council area, most of the Moray council area, all of the Orkney Islands council area, all of the Shetland Islands council area and all of Na h-Eileanan Siar.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Highland (council area) is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies. These are: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross; Inverness and Nairn and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

The electoral wards used to create the re-drawn Caithness, Sutherland and Ross are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
2011 Rob Gibson Scottish National Party
2016 Gail Ross

Election results[edit]

2016 Scottish Parliament Election[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Gail Ross 13,937 43.3 -5.1
Liberal Democrats Jamie Stone 10,024 31.1 +8.8
Conservative Struan Mackie 4,912 15.3 +5.0
Labour Leah Franchetti 3,334 10.4 -8.7
Majority 3,913 12.2
Turnout 58.4
SNP hold Swing

2011 Scottish Parliament Election[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Rob Gibson 13,843 48.4 +16.6
Liberal Democrats Robbie Rowantree 6,385 22.3 -18.1
Labour John MacKay 5,438 19.0 +5.8
Conservative Edward Mountain 2,934 10.3 -0.8
Majority 7,458 26.1
Turnout 28,600 51.4
SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats 12,030 40.4
SNP 9,480 31.9
Labour 3,942 13.2
Conservative 3,288 11.0
Others 1,023 3.4
Majority 2,550 8.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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