Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 58°16′37″N 3°46′44″W / 58.277°N 3.779°W / 58.277; -3.779

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in Scotland.
County Highland
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Paul Monaghan (SNP)
Created from Caithness & Sutherland and Ross, Cromarty & Skye
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

The Member of Parliament since 2015 has been Paul Monaghan, of the Scottish National Party.


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.

The constituency was created in 1997 by merging Caithness and Sutherland with an area from Ross, Cromarty and Skye which was abolished.

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.

Local government area[edit]

See also Politics of the Highland council 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.

Scottish Parliament[edit]

In 1999 a Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) constituency was created with the name and boundaries of the Westminster constituency.

For representation at Holyrood the area of the Westminster constituency is divided between two slightly smaller constituencies, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and Ross, Skye and Inverness West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1997 Robert Maclennan Liberal Democrat
2001 John Thurso Liberal Democrat
2015 Paul Monaghan Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Olivia Bell
Conservative Struan Mackie
SNP Paul Monaghan
Liberal Democrat Jamie Stone
General Election 2015: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Paul Monaghan 15,831 46.3 +27.1
Liberal Democrat John Thurso 11,987 35.1 −6.3
Labour John Erskine 3,061 9.0 −15.7
Conservative Alastair Graham 2,326 6.8 −6.2
UKIP Annie Murray 981 2.9 N/A
Majority 3,844 11.2 n/a
Turnout 34,186 71.9 +11.0
SNP gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +16.7
General Election 2010: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Thurso 11,907 41.4 −9.1
Labour John Mackay 7,081 24.6 +3.7
SNP Jean Urquhart 5,516 19.2 +5.8
Conservative Alastair Graham 3,744 13.0 +2.8
Independent Gordon Campbell 520 1.8 −1.3
Majority 4,826 16.8
Turnout 28,768 60.9 +1.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −6.4

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

Note: The constituency was slightly enlarged in 2005. Therefore +/- percentages are somewhat notional.
General Election 2005: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Thurso 13,957 50.5 +11.9
Labour Alan Jamieson 5,789 20.9 −3.4
SNP Karen Shirron 3,686 13.3 −7.0
Conservative Angus Ross 2,835 10.2 −3.3
Independent Gordon Campbell 848 3.1 +2.3
Scottish Socialist Luke Ivory 548 2.0 −0.2
Majority 8,168 29.5
Turnout 27,663 59.1 −2.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +7.6
General Election 2001: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Thurso 9,041 36.4 +0.8
Labour Michael Meighan 6,297 25.3 −2.5
SNP John MacAdam 5,273 21.2 −1.8
Conservative Robert Rowantree 3,513 14.1 +3.3
Scottish Socialist Karn Mabon 544 2.2 N/A
Independent Gordon Campbell 199 0.8 N/A
Majority 2,744 11.1
Turnout 24,867 60.2 −9.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Robert Maclennan 10,381 35.6 N/A
Labour James Hendry 8,122 27.8 N/A
SNP Euan Harper 6,710 23.0 N/A
Conservative Tom Miers 3,148 10.8 N/A
Referendum Carolyn Ryder 369 1.3 N/A
Scottish Green John Martin 230 0.8 N/A
UKIP Martin Carr 212 0.7 N/A
Majority 2,259 7.7 N/A
Turnout 29,172 70.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

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