Edinburgh Eastern (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh Eastern
Portobello beach
Country Scotland Flag of Scotland.svg
City Edinburgh
 • Total 30.5 km2 (11.8 sq mi)
Population [2]
 • Total 81,025
 • Density 2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Edinburgh Eastern
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh Eastern (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh Eastern shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Ash Denham
Council area City of Edinburgh
Created from Edinburgh East and Musselburgh,
Edinburgh South

Edinburgh Eastern is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects 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 Lothian 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.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh was abolished. The successor constituencies are Edinburgh Eastern, and Midlothian North and Musselburgh.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow and Midlothian North and Musselburgh

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The City of Edinburgh is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies: Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.

Edinburgh Eastern uses the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

As Edinburgh East and Musselburgh

Election Member Party
1999 Susan Deacon Scottish Labour Party
2007 Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

As Edinburgh Eastern

Kenny MacAskill of the SNP represented the seat from 2011 - 2016. He was previously an MSP for the Lothians regional list from 1999 to 2007 and for the predecessor Edinburgh East and Musselburgh seat from 2007 to 2011.

Election Member Party
2011 Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party
2016 Ash Denham

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Edinburgh Eastern[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Ash Denham 16,760 47.3 -0.1
Labour Kezia Dugdale 11,673 33.0 -7.1
Conservative Nick Cook 5,700 16.1 +7.5
Liberal Democrats Cospatric d'Inverno 1,264 3.6 -0.4
Majority 5,087 14.4 +7.1
Turnout 35,397 56.3 +1.4
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Eastern[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Kenny MacAskill 14,552 47.4 +12.9
Labour Ewan Aitken 12,319 40.1 +3.8
Conservative Cameron Buchanan 2,630 8.6 -4.5
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 1,227 4.0 -12.2
Majority 2,233 7.3
Turnout 30,728 54.9
SNP hold Swing 0.35

Liberal Democrats gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Kenny MacAskill 11,209 37.4 +14.2
Labour Norman Murray 9,827 32.8 -12.3
Liberal Democrats Gillian Cole-Hamilton 5,473 18.3 +9.1
Conservative Christine Wright 3,458 11.5 -2.3
Majority 1,382 4.6
Turnout 29,967 52.9 +4.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing +13.3


  1. ^ http://statistics.gov.scot/resource?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fstatistics.gov.scot%2Fdata%2Fland-area-2011-data-zone-based%2Fyear%2F2014%2FS16000104%2Fhectares%2Fcount
  2. ^ http://statistics.gov.scot/resource?uri=http://statistics.gov.scot/id/statistical-geography/S16000105
  3. ^ http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/politics/edinburgh-s-parliament-election-candidates-named-1-4088458
  4. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Edinburgh Council

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