Edinburgh South West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh South West
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Edinburgh South West in Scotland
Subdivisions of ScotlandCity of Edinburgh
Major settlementsWester Hailes, Bonaly, Balerno, Gorgie
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentJoanna Cherry (SNP)
Created fromEdinburgh Pentlands and Edinburgh Central

Edinburgh South West is a Scottish constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster), first used in the 2005 general election. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It is currently represented by Joanna Cherry of the SNP since 2015.

Constituency profile[edit]

Edinburgh South West covers a south western portion of the city around the Lanark Road. It has an urban north east including Gorgie and Slateford, and a suburban centre including Wester Hailes. The southwest part is rural and extends into the Pentland Hills.

The seat is left-leaning and pro-EU, with wealthier residents than the UK average.[1]


Edinburgh South West is one of five constituencies covering the City of Edinburgh council area. All are entirely within the city council area.

Prior to the 2005 general election, the city area had been covered by six constituencies and, of the six, there was one, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, which straddled the boundary with the East Lothian council area, to include Musselburgh.

Edinburgh South West is mostly a replacement for the former Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, but excludes some of the east of that constituency. Also, it includes a south western portion of the former Edinburgh Central constituency.[2] The Scottish Parliament uses different boundaries. Edinburgh South West is mostly contained within the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency for elections to the Scottish Parliament, with some parts of the north and east of the seat being located in the constituencies of Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.

The constituency comprises the following wards of the City of Edinburgh Council which were used in elections to the council at the time of the constituency's first contest in 2005: Balerno, Baberton, Colinton, Craiglockhart, Dalry, Firrhill, Fountainbridge, Moat, Murrayburn, Parkhead, Shandon and Sighthill. As a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, these wards were replaced with new wards in 2007. Current ward boundaries are not aligned with the constituency boundaries.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
2005 Alistair Darling Labour
2015 Joanna Cherry SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2019 general election: Edinburgh South West[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Joanna Cherry 24,830 47.6 Increase12.0
Conservative Callum Laidlaw 12,848 24.6 Decrease8.8
Labour Sophie Cooke 7,478 14.3 Decrease12.5
Liberal Democrats Tom Inglis 4,971 9.5 Increase5.2
Green Ben Parker 1,265 2.4 New
Brexit Party David Ballantine 625 1.2 New
SDP Mev Brown 114 0.2 New
Majority 11,982 23.0 Increase20.8
Turnout 52,131 70.9 Increase1.5
SNP hold Swing Increase10.4
2017 general election: Edinburgh South West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Joanna Cherry 17,575 35.6 Decrease7.4
Conservative Miles Briggs 16,478 33.4 Increase13.2
Labour Foysol Choudhury 13,213 26.8 Decrease0.4
Liberal Democrats Aisha Mir 2,124 4.3 Increase0.6
Majority 1,097 2.2 Decrease13.6
Turnout 49,390 69.4 Decrease2.1
SNP hold Swing Decrease10.2
2015 general election: Edinburgh South West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Joanna Cherry[8] 22,168 43.0 Increase30.8
Labour Ricky Henderson[9] 14,033 27.2 Decrease15.6
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst[10] 10,444 20.2 Decrease4.1
Green Richard Doherty[11] 1,965 3.8 Increase1.9
Liberal Democrats Daniel Farthing-Sykes[12] 1,920 3.7 Decrease14.3
UKIP Richard Lucas[13] 1,072 2.1 New
Majority 8,135 15.8 N/A
Turnout 51,602 71.5 Increase3.0
SNP gain from Labour Swing Increase23.2
2010 general election: Edinburgh South West[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alistair Darling 19,473 42.8 Increase3.0
Conservative Jason Rust 11,026 24.3 Increase1.0
Liberal Democrats Tim McKay 8,194 18.0 Decrease3.1
SNP Kaukab Stewart 5,530 12.2 Increase1.6
Green Clare Cooney 872 1.9 Decrease1.6
Scottish Socialist Colin Fox 319 0.7 Decrease0.6
Communist League Caroline Bellamy 48 0.1 New
Majority 8,447 18.5 Increase2.0
Turnout 45,462 68.5 Increase3.1
Labour hold Swing Increase1.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

2005 general election: Edinburgh South West[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alistair Darling 17,476 39.8 -4.6
Conservative Gordon Buchan 10,234 23.3 -3.2
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 9,252 21.1 +9.4
SNP Nick Elliott-Cannon 4,654 10.6 -2.8
Green John Blair-Fish 1,520 3.5 New
Scottish Socialist Pat Smith 585 1.3 -1.0
UKIP William Boys 205 0.5 +0.3
Majority 7,242 16.5
Turnout 43,926 65.4
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Electoral Calculus https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/fcgi-bin/seatdetails.py?seat=Edinburgh+South+West
  2. ^ Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "UK Parliamentary General Election - 12 December 2019". The City of Edinburgh Council. The City of Edinburgh Council. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh South West parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ Council, The City of Edinburgh. "UK Parliamentary election results 2015 | The City of Edinburgh Council". www.edinburgh.gov.uk.
  8. ^ "SNP pin election hopes on high profile Yes campaigners". HeraldScotland.
  9. ^ Stephen, Phyllis (22 November 2018). "Ricky Demarco leads the charge against demolition of St John's". The Edinburgh Reporter.
  10. ^ "Gordon Lindhurst selected for Edinburgh South West". Edinburgh.
  11. ^ https://twitter.comSighthillGorgie[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#Scotland
  13. ^ "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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