Edinburgh South (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||City of Edinburgh|
|Replaced by||Edinburgh Eastern,
Edinburgh South 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 was one of nine constituencies in the Lothians electoral region, which elected seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
For the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Edinburgh South is redrawn and renamed Edinburgh Southern
The other eight constituencies of the Lothians region are Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, Edinburgh North and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh West, Linlithgow, Livingston and Midlothian.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Edinburgh South 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.
The Holyrood constituency covers a southern portion of the City of Edinburgh council area. The rest of the city area is covered by five other constituencies, all also in the Lothians electoral region: Edinburgh West, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh North and Leith, and Edinburgh East and Musselburgh.
Edinburgh South has boundaries with the Edinburgh West constituency, the Edinburgh Central constituency, and the Edinburgh East and Musselburgh constituency.
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh also covers the Musselburgh portion of the East Lothian council area. The rest of the East Lothian area is covered by the East Lothian constituency, which is in the South of Scotland electoral region.
Edinburgh South includes the wards of Alnwickhill, Gilmerton, Kaimes, Marchmont, Merchiston, Moredun, Newington, North Morningside and the Grange, Prestonfield, and Sciennes, and part of the South Morningside ward, which is split with Edinburgh Pentlands. The wards were created in 1999, at the same time as the constituency, and are due to be replaced with new wards in 2007, without change to constituency boundaries.
To create the new "Edinburgh Southern" for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the electoral wards used are Sighthill / Gorgie; Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart; Meadows / Morningside; Southside / Newington; Liberton / Gilmerton; Portobello / Craigmillar. All these wards are divided between Southern and neighbouring constituencies, not one is contained whole within the new boundaries.
Members of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Angus MacKay||Scottish Labour Party|
|2003||Mike Pringle||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|2011||constituency abolished: replaced by Edinburgh Southern|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Pringle||11,398||35.0||+2.9|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Pringle||10,005||32.07||+ 9.74|
|Conservative||Gordon Buchan||5,180||16.60||+ 0.71|
|Scottish Socialist||Shirley Gibb||1,768||5.67||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Pringle||8,961||22.33||N/A|
|Socialist Workers||William Black||482||1.20||N/A|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.