Gordon (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Aberdeenshire (part)
Gordon was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It was one of nine constituencies in the North East Scotland 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.
At the time of this constituency the other eight constituencies of the North East Scotland region were Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen North, Aberdeen South, Angus, Banff and Buchan, Dundee East, Dundee West and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
The Gordon 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, the boundaries of the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency were subject to some alteration.
The Scottish Parliament constituency of Gordon covered a central portion of the Aberdeenshire council area and a small eastern portion of the Moray council area. The rest of the Aberdeeenshire area was covered by two other constituencies, both also in the North East Scotland electoral region: Banff and Buchan to the north of the Gordon constituency, and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine to the south. The rest of the Moray area was covered by the Moray constituency, which is in the Highlands and Islands region.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
The seat was represented since the 2007 election by Alex Salmond, the First Minister. He was previously MSP for Banff and Buchan from 1999 until resigning in 2001; he also represented the Westminster seat of Banff and Buchan from 1987 until retiring from the UK Parliament in 2010.
|1999||Nora Radcliffe||Liberal Democrats|
|2007||Alex Salmond||Scottish National Party|
|2011||constituency abolished: see Aberdeenshire East|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Gordon|
|Liberal Democrats||Nora Radcliffe||12,588||35.6||-2.5|
|Scottish Enterprise||Bob Ingram||117||0.3||N/A|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Gordon|
|Liberal Democrats||Nora Radcliffe||10,963||38.1||+1.4|
|Scottish Socialist||John Sangster||730||2.5||+2.5|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Gordon|
|Liberal Democrats||Nora Radcliffe||12,353||36.7||N/A|
Motherwell and Wishaw
|Constituency represented by the First Minister
2007 – 2011