Edinburgh South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Edinburgh South in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||City of Edinburgh|
|Member of parliament||Ian Murray (Labour)|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Edinburgh South is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, first used in the general election of 1885. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The current MP is the Labour Party's Ian Murray who was first elected at the 2010 general election with a majority of just 316 votes. He held his seat at the 2015 election with an increased majority, as the only Labour MP in Scotland.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Election results
- 3.1 Elections in the 2010s
- 3.2 Elections in the 2000s
- 3.3 Elections in the 1990s
- 3.4 Elections in the 1980s
- 3.5 Elections in the 1970s
- 3.6 Elections in the 1960s
- 3.7 Elections in the 1950s
- 3.8 Election in the 1940s
- 3.9 Elections in the 1930s
- 3.10 Elections in the 1920s
- 3.11 Elections in the 1910s
- 3.12 Elections in the 1900s
- 3.13 Elections in the 1890s
- 3.14 Elections in the 1880s
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes and references
When created in 1885, the Westminster constituency was partly a replacement for the Edinburgh constituency. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency was to consist of the Municipal Wards of St. George, St. Cuthbert, and Newington.
In 1918 the constituency consisted of the "Merchiston, Morningside, and Newington Municipal Wards of Edinburgh."
In 2005, prior to the general election, Edinburgh South was one of six covering the City of Edinburgh council area. Five were entirely within the city council area. One, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, straddled the boundary with the East Lothian council area, to take in Musselburgh.
For the 2005 election, the constituency was enlarged to enclude areas from the former Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, and became one of five constituencies covering the city area, all entirely within that area.
The constituency covers a southern portion of the city area, and is predominantly suburban. In terms of wards used in elections to the City of Edinburgh Council 1999 to 2007, it includes the wards of Alnwickhill, Fairmilehead, Gilmerton, Kaimes, Marchmont, Merchiston, Moredun, Little France, Newington, North Morningside and the Grange, Sciennes, and South Morningside.
These wards were replaced with new wards in 2007, as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004. The constituency therefore contains almost no electoral division in its entirety. Those within its boundaries are Southside/Newington, Meadows/Morningside, a handful of streets from the extreme north-east of Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart ward, Colinton/Fairmilehead, and Liberton/Gilmerton.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
2015 general election
At the 2015 general election, Edinburgh South became the only constituency in Scotland with a Labour MP.
|Scottish Green||Phyl Meyer||2,090||4.2||+2.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Pramod Subbaraman||1,823||3.7||-30.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Colin Fox||197||0.4||n/a|
2010 general election
On 1 February 2010, Nigel Griffiths announced that he would not stand as the Labour candidate in the 2010 general election, and Labour then chose local councillor Ian Murray as their candidate. The Liberal Democrats selected former Edinburgh councillor Fred Mackintosh, the Scottish Conservatives selected veterinary surgeon Dr. Neil Hudson, the SNP selected financial consultant Sandy Howat, and the Green Party selected former research scientist Steve Burgess.
The constituency was a top target seat for both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives against the Labour Party — the Lib Dem candidate had been just 405 votes behind the successful Labour candidate in the previous general election. In early 2008 Charles Clarke included it in his "Doomsday Memo" of at-risk Labour constituencies, predicting that it could be taken by the Liberal Democrats with a swing of under 0.5%. In October 2009 a polling of marginal Scottish constituencies suggested that it could be taken by the Liberal Democrats. In the event, Labour managed to hold on to the seat, restricting the swing to just 0.1% to the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrats||Fred Mackintosh||14,899||34.0||+1.7|
|Scottish Green||Steve Burgess||881||2.0||-1.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Marilyne MacLaren||13,783||32.3||+7.0|
|Scottish Green||Steve Burgess||1,387||3.2||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Morag Robertson||414||1.0||-1.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Marilyne MacLaren||10,172||27.4||+9.7|
|Scottish Socialist||Colin Fox||933||2.5||N/A|
|Legalise Cannabis||Margaret Hendry||535||1.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Pringle||7,911||17.6||+4.2|
|Natural Law||Bradley Dunn||98||0.2||-0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Bob McCreadie||5,961||13.4|
|Natural Law||George Manclark||108||0.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||David Allan Graham||10,900||22.54|
|SNP||Catherina McMillan Moore||2,455||5.08|
|Green||Ruth Vera Clark||440||0.91|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Social Democratic||J. Godfrey||12,830||28.61|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Michael Clark Hutchison||14,962||35.92|
|Conservative||Michael Clark Hutchison||18,784||41.74|
|Conservative||Michael Clark Hutchison||19,851||48.12|
|Liberal||Ronald H. Guild||3,469||8.41|
|SNP||David J. Stevenson||2,861||6.94|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Michael Clark Hutchison||20,820||53.16|
|Labour||James W. Kerr||15,487||39.54|
|SNP||H. McLean Robertson||2,856||7.29|
|Unionist||Michael Clark Hutchison||21,375||53.17|
|Labour||James W. Kerr||13,555||33.72|
|Liberal||Ronald H. Guild||5,272||13.11|
Elections in the 1950s
|Unionist||Michael Clark Hutchison||22,799||57.59|
|Labour||Alex D. Reid||11,285||28.51|
|Unionist||Michael Clark Hutchison||14,421||45.58||-21.94|
|Labour||James A. Forsyth||9,781||30.91||-1.57|
|Unionist||Sir William Young Darling||24,836||67.52|
|Labour||James A. Forsyth||11,949||32.48|
|Unionist||Sir William Young Darling||25,545||72.58|
|Labour||James A. Forsyth||10,030||27.42|
|Unionist||Sir William Young Darling||23,081||65.01|
|Labour||William Paisley Earsman||8,725||24.57|
|Liberal||Lionel Henry Daiches||3,699||10.42||n/a|
Election in the 1940s
|Labour||William Paisley Earsman||9,767||29.23|
Elections in the 1930s
|Unionist||Sir Samuel Chapman||27,254||83.55||n/a|
|Labour||Mrs Barbara Woodburn||5,365||16.45||n/a|
|Unionist||Sir Samuel Chapman||unopposed||n/a||n/a|
Elections in the 1920s
|Unionist||Sir Samuel Chapman||19,541||56.7||-7.7|
|Liberal||Arthur Pillans Laurie||9,849||28.6||-7.0|
|Unionist||Sir Samuel Chapman||15,854||64.4|
|Liberal||David Cleghorn Thomson||8,777||35.6|
|Unionist||Sir Samuel Chapman||12,504|
|Unionist||Sir Samuel Chapman||14,843||67.7||+9.9|
|National Liberal||Catherine Buchanan Alderton||7,408||33.3||-9.9|
|Unionist||Charles David Murray||11,176||57.8|
|Liberal||Daniel Turner Holmes||8,177||42.3|
Elections in the 1910s
|Conservative||Charles David Murray||14,854|
|Liberal||Charles Henry Lyell||9,576|
|Conservative||Charles David Murray||7,986|
|Liberal||Charles Henry Lyell||8,694||57.7|
|Liberal Unionist||Ralph George Campbell Glyn||6,367||42.3|
|Conservative||Harold B Cox||7,901|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||William C. Smith||5,985||40.1|
|Liberal Unionist||Sir Andrew Noel Agnew||5,766|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||Andrew Gilbert Wauchope||4,989|
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Cox||4,902|
|Liberal||Herbert Woodfield Paul||4,795|
|Liberal||Herbert Woodfield Paul||4,682|
|Liberal Unionist||Lewis MacIver||4,251|
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal||Hugh Culling Eardley Childers||3,778|
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Purvis||2,191|
At a by-election on 9 February 1886, Mr Childers having accepted office, he was returned unopposed.
|Liberal||Hugh Culling Eardley Childers||4,029|
|Conservative||Hon Walter George Hepburne-Scott||1,730|
|Liberal||Sir George Harrison||4,273|
Notes and references
- Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Sixth Schedule
- Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Labour MP Nigel Griffiths to quit at election BBC News, 1 February 2010
- Battleground Seats Times Online
- THE 2009 POLITICSHOME ELECTORAL INDEX PoliticsHome
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- General Election 2010 - Edinburgh South BBC News
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
- Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1930
- Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
- The Times, 8 December 1923
- The Times, 23 April 1920. By-election followed Charles Murray's appointment as Solicitor-General for Scotland
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
- The Times, 14 May 1917
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901