for the House of Commons
|Major settlements||Dunbar, Longniddry, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Prestonpans, Tranent, Haddington|
|Member of Parliament||Kenny MacAskill (Alba Party)|
|Created from||Berwick and East Lothian, Edinburgh East and Midlothian|
East Lothian (//; Scots: East Lowden; Scottish Gaelic: Lodainn an Ear) is a constituency in Scotland which returns 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 seat is represented by Kenny MacAskill of the Alba Party who was elected as an SNP MP at the 2019 general election, where he unseated the sitting Labour incumbent, Martin Whitfield with a majority of 3,886 votes.
The seat covers small towns to the east of Edinburgh including Haddington and Dunbar which have good commuting links to the capital city; and a more rural area extending south into the Lammermuir Hills. Residents' health and wealth are around average for the UK.
The constituency was created for the 1983 general election. Until the SNP landslide victory in 2015, it had been continuously represented by an MP from the Labour Party since the constituency's creation 32 years earlier. The East Lothian Constituency Labour Party voted on 22 January 2010 to deselect the previous MP Anne Moffat. The National Executive Committee upheld the decision on 23 March 2010. Fiona O'Donnell was elected in 2010 with an increased majority for the Labour Party compared to 2005. O'Donnell lost her seat to George Kerevan of the SNP at the 2015 general election; who was elected with a majority of 6,803 votes.
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. Two years later, at the 2019 general election, Whitfield was defeated by former Scottish National Party MSP and Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. On 26 March 2021, MacAskill defected from the SNP to the Alba Party.
At the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, a majority of voters nationwide opted for Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom - with 61.72% of the electorate of East Lothian voting for staying in the United Kingdom and 38.28% voting for independence.
1983–1997: East Lothian District.
1997–2005: The East Lothian District electoral divisions of Fa'side, Haddington, Luffness, Preston/Levenhall, and Tantallon.
2005–present: East Lothian Council area.
Before the 1983 general election, the area lay in the Berwick and East Lothian constituency.
Members of Parliament
|1983||John Home Robertson||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Robert O'Riordan||4,071||7.0||+3.9|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+6.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Elisabeth Wilson||1,738||3.1||+0.5|
|Labour gain from SNP||Swing||+8.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Ettie Spencer||1,517||2.6||−14.3|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+20.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Stuart Ritchie||8,288||16.9||−7.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Butler||11,363||24.8||+7.6|
|Scottish Socialist||Gary Galbraith||504||1.1||New|
|Christian Vote||William Thompson||178||0.4||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Judith Hayman||6,506||17.6||+7.1|
|Scottish Socialist||Derrick White||624||1.7||New|
|Socialist Labour||James Herriot||376||1.0||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour||John Home Robertson||22,881||52.7||+6.2|
|SNP||David R. McCarthy||6,825||15.7||+1.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Alison MacAskill||4,575||10.5||−0.7|
|Referendum||Norman S. Nash||491||1.1||N/A|
|Labour||John Home Robertson||25,537||46.5||−1.5|
|Conservative||James P. Hepburne-Scott||15,501||28.2||−0.1|
|SNP||George R. Thomson||7,776||14.2||+6.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim McKay||6,126||11.2||−4.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||John Home Robertson||24,583||48.0||+4.1|
|Labour||John Home Robertson||20,934||43.9||-7.4|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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