Edinburgh East and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Edinburgh East and Musselburgh|
|Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||City of Edinburgh|
|Replaced by||Edinburgh Eastern,
Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Lothians electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
- See also Lothians Scottish Parliament region
The Edinburgh East and Musselburgh constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh will be abolished. Musselburgh will form part of a newly shaped Midlothian North and Musselburgh, while eastern Edinburgh will be brought together into a newly named Edinburgh Eastern.
The rest of the city area is covered by five other constituencies, all also in the Lothians electoral region: Edinburgh South, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh North and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, and Edinburgh West, which are all entirely within the city area. Edinburgh East and Musselburgh has boundaries with the Edinburgh South constituency, the Edinburgh Central constituency and the Edinburgh North and Leith constituency.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
Kenny MacAskill of the SNP, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, has represented the seat since the 2007 election. He was previously an MSP for the Lothians regional list from 1999 to 2007.
|1999||Susan Deacon||Scottish Labour Party|
|2007||Kenny MacAskill||Scottish National Party|
|2011||constituency abolished: replaced by Edinburgh Eastern|
|Liberal Democrats||Gillian Cole-Hamilton||5,473||18.3||+9.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+13.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Gary Peacock||3,582||12.33||+1.85|
|Scottish Socialist||Derek Durkin||2,447||8.43||+6.55|
|Liberal Democrats||Marjorie Thomas||4,100||11.08||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Derrick White||697||1.88||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.