Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (UK Parliament constituency)
|Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Highland|
|Member of parliament||Drew Hendry (SNP)|
|Created from||Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber and Ross, Skye & Inverness West|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
The constituency covers a south-eastern portion of the Highland council area. It has four locations listed in its name, the most of any constituency.
The constituency was created in 2005 by merging an area from Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber with an area from Ross, Skye and Inverness West. The rest of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber was merged with most of the rest of Ross, Skye and Inverness West to form Ross, Skye and Lochaber. A small area of Ross, Skye and Inverness West was merged into Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.
For representation in the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) the area of the Westminster constituency is divided between Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (the Holyrood constituency) and Ross, Skye and Inverness West (the Holyrood constituency).
Local government area
The Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency is one of three Westminster constituencies covering the Highland council area, the other two being Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey covers a south-eastern portion of the council area, with Ross, Skye and Lochaber to its north and west, and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross further north.
When created in 2005, the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency covered 31 out of the 80 wards of the council area: 22 wards (all except Beauly and Strathglass) of the Inverness area committee, all four wards of the Nairn area committee and all five wards of the Badenoch and Strathspey area committee. Following ward boundary changes in 2007, the constituency covers all 5 Inverness wards, Culloden & Ardersier, Nairn and Badenoch & Strathspey. It contains part of Ard & Loch Ness and a few corners of Caol & Mallaig, Fort William & Ardnamurchan and Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh.
The City of Inverness, for which letters patent were granted in 2001, may be supposed to lie within the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, but this city lacks clearly defined boundaries. The Highland Council management area of Inverness, as defined 1996 to 2007, included the former burgh of Inverness, as abolished in 1975, and the urban area centred on the burgh, and these do lie within the constituency. The management area included also a large rural area. As of 2007, the council has a city management area consisting of seven of the nine wards of its Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey corporate management area. The boundaries of his city management are similar to those of the older management area.
Members of Parliament
|2005||Danny Alexander||Liberal Democrats|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Richie Cunningham||6,477||12.3||-19.0|
|Scottish Christian||Donald Boyd||612||1.2||+0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Danny Alexander||18,029||31.3||-9.4|
|Scottish Green||Isla O'Reilly||1,367||2.4||+0.7|
|Scottish Christian||Donald Boyd||422||0.7||-1.0|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+20.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Danny Alexander||19,172||40.7||+0.4|
|Scottish Christian||Donald Boyd||835||1.8||N/A|
|Scottish Green||Donnie MacLeod||789||1.7||−0.7|
|Solidarity (TUSC)||George MacDonald||135||0.3||N/A|
|Joy of Talk||Kit Fraser||93||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+4.6|
Elections in the 2000s
- Note: The constituency was new in 2005 and +/- percentages are notional.
|Liberal Democrats||Danny Alexander||17,830||40.3||+10.8|
|Scottish Green||Donnie MacLeod||1,065||2.4||N/A|
|Publican Party||Donald Lawson||678||1.5||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||George MacDonald||429||1.0||−1.0|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Labour||Swing||+6.0|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I"
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- http://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/8587/inverness_nairn_badenoch_and_strathspey_constituency_-_uk_parliamentary_general_election_result 6Aug15
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.