Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber|
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Highland|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber and Ross, Skye & Inverness West|
|Created from||Argyll, Inverness and Moray and Nairn|
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 to 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.
Throughout the 1983 to 1997 period, this marginal constituency was represented by a Liberal, and then Liberal Democrat, MP: Sir David Russell Johnston (later Baron Russell-Johnston), who had been, previously, MP for the Inverness constituency.
The constituency was created to cover four of the eight districts of Highland local government region: the Inverness district, the Nairn district, the Lochaber district and the Badenoch and Strathspey district. The region and districts had been created in 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, when the county and burgh system of local government was abolished. The other districts of the region were covered by the Ross, Cromarty and Skye constituency and the Caithness and Sutherland constituency.
In 1997, constituency boundaries were redrawn to divide the Highland area between three new constituencies: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, Ross, Skye and Inverness West and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. New constituency boundaries divided the areas of some of the former districts.
Member of Parliament
|1997||constituency abolished: see Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber
and Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1983: Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber|
|Liberal||David Russell Johnston||20,671||46.0||N/A|
|Conservative||David John Maclean||13,373||29.8||N/A|
|SNP||Hamish William Vernal||4,395||9.8||N/A|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
|General Election 1987: Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber|
|Liberal||Sir David Russell Johnston||17,422||36.8||−9.2|
|Labour||David John Stewart||11,991||25.4||+11.0|
|Conservative||Mrs. Annabel Therese Keswick||10,901||23.0||−6.8|
|SNP||Niall Peter Johnson||7,001||14.8||+5.0|
Elections in the 1990s
In the 1992 election, the four major parties were separated by only 3.41%, the closest four-way result in an election to the UK Parliament since 1918.
|General Election 1992: Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber|
|Liberal Democrat||Sir David Russell Johnston||13,258||26.0||−10.8|
|Labour||David John Stewart||12,800||25.1||−0.2|
|SNP||Fergus Stewart Ewing||12,562||24.7||+9.9|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−5.3|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" [self-published source][better source needed]
- "Closest Three- and Four-Way Marginals since 1918". Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.