Linlithgow (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Linlithgow
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Linlithgow shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Fiona Hyslop
Council area West Lothian
Party Scottish National Party

Linlithgow is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Lothian electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western and Midlothian North and Musselburgh

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The West Lothian council area is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Almond Valley and Linlithgow.

The Linlithgow 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, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

The electoral wards used in this seat are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Mary Mulligan Labour
2003
2007
2011 Fiona Hyslop SNP

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Fiona Hyslop 17,027 49.8 +10.8
Labour Mary Mulligan 12,936 37.8 -2.1
Conservative Chris Donnelly 2,646 7.7 -2.9
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Lang 1,015 3.0 -4.6
National Front Michael Coyle 558 1.6 N/A
Majority 4,091 12.0
Turnout 34,182 52.5

Liberal Democrats and National Front both gained under 5% of the vote and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 13,402 39.9
SNP 13,108 39.0
Conservative 3,570 10.6
Liberal Democrats 2,547 7.6
Others 993 3.0
Majority 294 0.9
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Mulligan 12,715 42.9 +1.1
SNP Fiona Hyslop 11,565 39.0 +4.4
Conservative Donald Cameron 3,125 10.5 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 2,232 7.5 -0.1
Majority 1,150 3.9 -3.2
Turnout 29,637 52.7 1.6
Labour hold Swing -3.2
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Mulligan 11,548 41.77 -3.36
SNP Fiona Hyslop 9,578 34.65 -1.82
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 3,059 11.07 +1.72
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 2,093 7.57 -0.25
Scottish Socialist Steven Nimmo 1,367 4.94 N/A
Majority 1,970 7.13 -1.54
Turnout 27,645 51.09 -11.17
Labour hold Swing -3.36
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Mulligan 15,247 45.13 -9.01
SNP Stewart Stevenson 12,319 36.47 +9.66
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 3,158 9.35 -3.17
Liberal Democrats John Barrett 2,643 7.82 +1.94
Independent Irene Overstone 415 1.23 + 1.23
Majority 2,928 8.66 -18.67
Turnout 36,710
Labour hold Swing -9.01

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland