East Lothian (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Lothian
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Lothian in Scotland.
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of parliamentMartin Whitfield (Labour)
Created fromBerwick and East Lothian, Edinburgh East and Midlothian[1]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyScotland

East Lothian is a constituency in Scotland which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

The constituency is represented by Martin Whitfield of the Scottish Labour Party.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election. Until the SNP landslide victory in 2015, it had always been represented by an MP from the Labour Party. From 2015 until the snap general election in 2017, the constituency was represented by George Kerevan of the Scottish National Party; who was defeated by Martin Whitfield of the Labour Party by 3,083 votes.

The East Lothian Labour Party voted on 22 January 2010 to deselect the previous MP Anne Moffat.[2] The National Executive Committee upheld the decision on 23 March 2010.[3] Fiona O'Donnell was elected in 2010 with an increased majority from 2005.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: East Lothian District.

1997-2005: The East Lothian District electoral divisions of Fa'side, Haddington, Luffness, Preston/Levenhall, and Tantallon.

2005–present: The area of the East Lothian Council.

The constituency covers the whole of the East Lothian council area in Scotland. The East Lothian town of Musselburgh was added to the seat from Edinburgh East and Musselburgh in 2005. Before the 1983 general election, the area lay in the Berwick and East Lothian constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 John Home Robertson Labour
2001 Anne Moffat
2010 Fiona O'Donnell
2015 George Kerevan SNP
2017 Martin Whitfield Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: East Lothian[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Martin Whitfield 20,158 36.1 +5.1
SNP George Kerevan 17,075 30.6 -12.0
Conservative Sheila Low 16,540 29.6 +10.1
Liberal Democrat Elisabeth Wilson 1,738 3.1 +0.5
Independent Mike Allan 367 0.7 +0.4
Majority 3,083 5.5
Turnout 55,878 70.6 -3.6
Labour gain from SNP Swing +8.6
General Election 2015: East Lothian[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP George Kerevan 25,104 42.5 +26.5
Labour Fiona O'Donnell 18,301 31.0 −13.6
Conservative David Roach 11,511 19.5 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Ettie Spencer 1,517 2.6 −14.3
Scottish Green Jason Rose 1,245 2.1 +0.4
UKIP Oluf Marshall 1,178 2.0 +0.9
Independent Mike Allan 158 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,803 11.5
Turnout 59,014 74.2 +7.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing +20.1
General Election 2010: East Lothian[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fiona O'Donnell 21,919 44.6 +3.1
Conservative Michael Veitch 9,661 19.7 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Stuart Ritchie 8,228 16.9 −8.0
SNP Andrew Sharp 7,883 16.0 +2.9
Scottish Green James Mackenzie 862 1.8 −0.7
UKIP Jonathan Lloyd 548 1.1 +0.4
Majority 12,258 24.9
Turnout 49,161 66.9 +2.2
Labour hold Swing −0.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: East Lothian[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Moffat 18,983 41.5 −7.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Butler 11,363 24.8 +7.6
Conservative William Stevenson 7,315 16.0 0.0
SNP Paul McLennan 5,995 13.1 −1.8
Scottish Green Michael Collie 1,132 2.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist Gary Galbraith 504 1.1 N/A
UKIP Eric Robb 306 0.7 N/A
Christian Vote William Thompson 178 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,620 16.6
Turnout 45,776 64.5 +3.6
Labour hold Swing −7.5
General Election 2001: East Lothian[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Picking 17,407 47.2 −5.5
Conservative Hamish Mair 6,577 17.8 −2.1
Liberal Democrat Judith Hayman 6,506 17.6 +7.1
SNP Hilary Brown 5,381 14.6 −1.1
Scottish Socialist Derrick White 624 1.7 N/A
Socialist Labour James Herriot 376 1.0 N/A
Majority 10,830 29.4
Turnout 36,871 62.5 −13.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: East Lothian[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Home Robertson 22,881 52.7 +6.2
Conservative Murdo Fraser 8,660 19.9 −8.3
SNP David R. McCarthy 6,825 15.7 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Alison MacAskill 4,575 10.5 −0.7
Referendum Norman S. Nash 491 1.1 N/A
Majority 14,221 32.7
Turnout 43,432 75.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: East Lothian[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Home Robertson 25,537 46.5 −1.6
Conservative James P. Hepburne-Scott 15,501 28.2 −0.1
SNP George R. Thomson 7,776 14.2 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Tim McKay 6,126 11.2 −4.3
Majority 10,036 18.3 −1.5
Turnout 54,940 82.4 +3.7
Labour hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: East Lothian[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Home Robertson 24,583 48.0 +4.1
Conservative Stanley Langdon 14,378 28.3 −2.5
Liberal Andrew Robinson 7,929 15.5 −5.4
SNP Alexander Burgon-Lyon 3,727 7.3 +2.9
Green Angus Marland 451 0.9 N/A
Majority 10,105 19.7
Turnout 51,068 78.7 +2.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: East Lothian[18][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Home Robertson 20,934 43.9 N/A
Conservative Michael Fry 14,693 30.8 N/A
Liberal M. Kibby 9,950 20.9 N/A
SNP Roger Knox 2,083 4.4 N/A
Majority 6,241 13.1 N/A
Turnout 47,660 76.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'East Lothian', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Moffat faces deselection after police called to club rebellion". Edinburgh Evening News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ Carrell, Severin (23 March 2010). "Labour party upholds decision to deselect East Lothian MP Anne Moffat". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
  5. ^ "Latest candidate announced for General Election". East Lothian Courier.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ Jones, Matt. "UK Parliamentary General Election". www.eastlothian.gov.uk.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ [1] BBC News
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Aristotle: East Lothian", Guardian Unlimited
  14. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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