Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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Lothian
electoral region
for the Scottish Parliament
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Lothian shown within Scotland
Current electoral region
Created 2011
MSPs Scottish National Party 6
Conservative 4
Labour 3
Scottish Green 2
Liberal Democrats 1
Council areas City of Edinburgh
East Lothian (part)
Midlothian (part)
West Lothian
Constituencies Almond Valley
Edinburgh Central
Edinburgh Eastern
Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Edinburgh Pentlands
Edinburgh Southern
Edinburgh Western
Linlithgow
Midlothian North and Musselburgh

Lothian is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament. Nine of the parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elects a total of 16 MSPs.

The Lothian region was created as a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries and largely replaced the Lothians region.[1]

Constituencies and local government areas[edit]

As a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries the boundaries for the region and constituencies were redrawn for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Constituency
  1. Almond Valley
  2. Edinburgh Central
  3. Edinburgh Eastern
  4. Edinburgh Northern and Leith
  5. Edinburgh Pentlands
  6. Edinburgh Southern
  7. Edinburgh Western
  8. Linlithgow
  9. Midlothian North and Musselburgh

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Constituency MSPs[edit]

as Lothians
Term Election Midlothian Edinburgh East and Musselburgh Edinburgh Central Edinburgh North and Leith Edinburgh Pentlands Edinburgh South Edinburgh West Linlithgow Livingston
1st 1999 Rhona Brankin
(Labour)
Susan Deacon
(Labour)
Sarah Boyack
(Labour)
Malcolm Chisholm
(Labour)
Iain Gray
(Labour)
Angus MacKay
(Labour)
Margaret Smith
(LD)
Mary Mulligan
(Labour)
Bristow Muldoon
(Labour)
2nd 2003 David McLetchie
(Conservative)
Mike Pringle
(LD)
3rd 2007 Kenny MacAskill
(SNP)
Angela Constance
(SNP)
as Lothian
Term Election Midlothian North and Musselburgh Edinburgh Eastern Edinburgh Central Edinburgh Northern and Leith Edinburgh Pentlands Edinburgh Southern Edinburgh Western Linlithgow Almond Valley
4th 2011 Colin Beattie
(SNP)
Kenny MacAskill
(SNP)
Marco Biagi
(SNP)
Malcolm Chisholm
(Labour)
Gordon MacDonald
(SNP)
Jim Eadie
(SNP)
Colin Keir
(SNP)
Fiona Hyslop
(SNP)
Angela Constance
(SNP)
5th 2016 Ash Denham
(SNP)
Ruth Davidson
(Conservative)
Ben Macpherson
(SNP)
Daniel Johnson
(Labour)
Alex Cole-Hamilton
(LD)

Regional List MSPs[edit]

Elections take place on a whole-region basis: candidates shown in the same column have no particular relationship to each other.

Parliament MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP
as Lothians
1st
(1999–2003)
Robin Harper
(Green)
Margo MacDonald
(SNP)
Fiona Hyslop
(SNP)
Kenny MacAskill
(SNP)
David Steel
(Lib Dem)
James Douglas-Hamilton
(Conservative)
David McLetchie
(Conservative)
2nd
(2003–07)
Margo MacDonald
(Ind)
Colin Fox
(Socialist)
Mark Ballard
(Green)
3rd
(2007–11)
Ian McKee
(SNP)
Stefan Tymkewycz
(SNP)
Gavin Brown
(Conservative)
George Foulkes
(Labour)
Shirley-Anne Somerville
(SNP)
as Lothian
4th
(2011–16)
Alison Johnstone
(Green)
Margo MacDonald *
(Ind)
Kezia Dugdale
(Labour)
Neil Findlay
(Labour)
Sarah Boyack
(Labour)
Gavin Brown
(Conservative)
David McLetchie *
(Conservative)
vacant Cameron Buchanan
(Conservative)
5th
(2016–21)
Andy Wightman
(Green)
Gordon Lindhurst
(Conservative)
Miles Briggs
(Conservative)
Jeremy Balfour
(Conservative)
  • Upon the death of David McLetchie, he was replaced by Cameron Buchanan as the next name on the Lothian regional list for the Scottish Conservatives. As Margo MacDonald was elected as an Independent MSP, there was no mechanism to appoint a replacement; following her death, her seat remained vacant until the Scottish Parliament general election in May 2016.

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election 2016[edit]

In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Lothian
Constituency Elected member Result
Almond Valley Angela Constance SNP hold
Edinburgh Central Ruth Davidson Conservative gain from SNP
Edinburgh Eastern Ash Denham SNP hold
Edinburgh Northern and Leith Ben Macpherson SNP gain from Labour
Edinburgh Pentlands Gordon MacDonald SNP hold
Edinburgh Southern Daniel Johnson Labour gain from SNP
Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrats gain from SNP
Linlithgow Fiona Hyslop SNP hold
Midlothian North and Musselburgh Colin Beattie SNP hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Lothians
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 ±0 118,546 36.2% -2.9%
Conservative Miles Briggs
Gordon Lindhurst
Jeremy Balfour
3 +1 74,972 22.9% +11.3%
Labour Kezia Dugdale
Neil Findlay
2 -1 67,991 20.8% -4.1%
Scottish Green Alison Johnstone
Andy Wightman
2 +1 34,551 10.6% +3.0%
Liberal Democrats 0 ±0 18,479 5.6% +0.1%
UKIP 0 ±0 5,802 1.8% +1.2%
Women's Equality 0 ±0 3,877 1.2% +1.2%
RISE 0 ±0 1,641 0.5% +0.5%
Solidarity 0 ±0 1,319 0.4% +0.3%

Scottish Parliament election 2011[edit]

In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Lothian
Constituency Elected member Result
Almond Valley Angela Constance SNP hold
Edinburgh Central Marco Biagi SNP gain from Labour
Edinburgh Eastern Kenny MacAskill SNP gain from Labour
Edinburgh Northern and Leith Malcolm Chisholm Labour hold
Edinburgh Pentlands Gordon MacDonald SNP gain from Conservative
Edinburgh Southern Jim Eadie SNP gain from Liberal Democrats
Edinburgh Western Colin Keir SNP gain from Liberal Democrats
Linlithgow Fiona Hyslop SNP gain from Labour
Midlothian North and Musselburgh Colin Beattie SNP gain from Labour

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Lothians
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 -3 110,953 39.2% +12.7
Labour Sarah Boyack
Kezia Dugdale
Neil Findlay
3 +2 70,544 24.9% -1.3
Conservative David McLetchie
Gavin Brown
2 +1 33,019 11.7% -1.5
Scottish Green Alison Johnstone 1 ±0 21,505 7.6% +0.5
Independent Margo MacDonald 1 ±0 18,732 6.6% ±0
Liberal Democrats 0 15,588 5.5% -7.3
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 ±0 3,218 1.1% -0.3
BNP 0 ±0 1,978 0.7% -0.2
UKIP 0 ±0 1,822 0.6% +0.4
Socialist Labour 0 ±0 1,681 0.6% -0.2
Scottish Socialist 0 ±0 1,183 0.4% -0.3
Scottish Christian 0 ±0 914 0.3% -0.4
Liberal 0 ±0 697 0.2% ±0
Christian Peoples 0 ±0 553 0.2% -0.1
Solidarity 0 ±0 327 0.1% -0.9
Independent 0 ±0 294 0.1% N/A
Independent 0 ±0 134 0.0% N/A
Independent 0 ±0 61 0.0% N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries". Boundary Commission for Scotland. Retrieved 21 September 2014.