Midlothian (UK Parliament constituency)

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Midlothian
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Midlothian in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland Midlothian
Current constituency
Created 1955
Member of parliament Owen Thompson (SNP)
Created from Midlothian and Peeblesshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Midlothian in Scotland, is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.

It replaced Midlothian and Peeblesshire at the 1955 general election. A similar constituency, also called Midlothian, was used by the Scottish Parliament until 2011.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the whole of the Midlothian council area. Until recently, it covered a slightly smaller area, but in 2005 Penicuik was moved into the constituency from Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale.[1]

It has covered a much larger area in the past, once covering the whole of the traditional county of Midlothian, apart from Edinburgh.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Elected Member[2] Party
1955 David Johnstone Pryde Labour
1959 James Hill Labour
1966 Alex Eadie Labour
1992 Eric Clarke Labour
2001 David Hamilton Labour
2015 Owen Thompson SNP

Election Results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Midlothian [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Chris Donnelly[4]
Liberal Democrat Ross Laird
Labour Danielle Rowley
SNP Owen Thompson
General Election 2015: Midlothian[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Owen Thompson[7] 24,453 50.6 +30.0
Labour Kenny Young[8] 14,594 30.2 −16.8
Conservative Michelle Ballantyne[7] 5,760 11.9 0.0
Scottish Green Ian Baxter[9] 1,219 2.5 +1.0
UKIP Gordon Norrie[10] 1,173 2.4 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Aisha Mir 1,132 2.3 −14.8
Majority 9,859 20.4
Turnout 48,331 71.2 +7.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing +23.4
General Election 2010: Midlothian[11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Hamilton 18,449 47.0 +1.5
SNP Colin Beattie 8,100 20.6 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Ross Laird 6,711 17.1 −9.1
Conservative James E. Callander 4,661 11.9 +2.5
Scottish Green Ian G. Baxter 595 1.5 N/A
UKIP Gordon Norrie 364 0.9 N/A
Independent George McCleery 196 0.5 N/A
TUSC Willie C. Duncan 166 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,349 26.4
Turnout 39,242 63.9 +1.3
Labour hold Swing −1.1

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Midlothian[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Hamilton 17,153 45.5 −5.0
Liberal Democrat Fred Mackintosh 9,888 26.2 +8.9
SNP Colin Beattie 6,400 17.0 −2.2
Conservative Iain McGill 3,537 9.4 +0.2
Scottish Socialist Norman V. Gilfillan 726 1.9 −1.2
Majority 7,265 19.3
Turnout 37,704 62.2 +1.0
Labour hold Swing −7.0
General Election 2001: Midlothian[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Hamilton 15,145 52.7 −0.8
SNP Ian Goldie 6,131 21.3 −4.2
Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Bell 3,686 12.8 +3.7
Conservative Robin Traquair 2,748 9.6 −1.3
Scottish Socialist Robert Goupillot 837 2.9 N/A
ProLife Alliance Terence Holden 177 0.6 N/A
Majority 9,014 31.4
Turnout 28,724 59.1 −15.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Midlothian[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Clarke 18,861 53.5 +9.6
SNP Lawrence Millar 8,991 25.5 +3.6
Conservative Anne C. Harper 3,842 10.9 −9.2
Liberal Democrat Richard F. Pinnock 3,235 9.2 −3.9
Referendum Keith K. Docking 320 0.9 N/A
Majority 9,870 28.0
Turnout 35,249 74.1 −3.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Midlothian[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Clarke 20,588 43.9 −4.4
SNP Andrew Lumsden 10,254 21.9 +11.3
Conservative Jeff Stoddart 9,443 20.1 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Paul L. Sewell 6,164 13.1 −8.9
Scottish Green Iain D. Morrice 476 1.0 +0.9
Majority 10,334 22.0
Turnout 46,925 77.9 +1.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Midlothian[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 22,553 48.3 +5.6
Social Democratic Alan Dewar 10,330 22.0 −7.2
Conservative Frank Riddell 8,527 18.2 −3.7
SNP Ian Chisholm 4,947 10.6 +4.2
Green Ian Smith 412 0.9 N/A
Majority 9,402 24.0
Turnout 45,291 76.9 +1.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Midlothian[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 19,401 42.7 −9.7
Social Democratic Alan Dewar 13,245 29.2 +21.1
Conservative Duncan Menzies 9,922 21.9 −3.6
SNP Marjory Hird 2,826 6.2 −7.7
Majority 6,156 13.5
Turnout 45,394 75.0 −3.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 37,773 47.8 +6.3
Conservative Hugh Wallace Mann 20,797 26.4 +10.4
SNP Glen Anthony Frederick Spiers 13,260 16.8 −18.8
Liberal Alexander Paton Brodie 7,129 9.0 +2.1
Majority 16,936 21.5
Turnout 78,959 77.8 +0.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 28,652 41.5 −3.2
SNP John Gerard McKinlay 24,568 35.6 +8.6
Conservative Alistair Ballantyne 11,046 16.0 −12.4
Liberal Philip Wheeler 4,793 6.9 N/A
Majority 4,084 5.9
Turnout 69,059 77.4 −4.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 32,220 44.7 −8.2
Conservative David Louis Mowat 20,478 28.4 −3.1
SNP John Gerard McKinlay 19,450 27.0 +11.5
Majority 11,742 16.3
Turnout 72,148 81.6 +6.0
Labour hold Swing −2.6
General Election 1970: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 30,802 52.9 −3.7
Conservative John L.G. Lamotte 18,328 31.5 +4.5
SNP George Park 9,047 15.5 −0.8
Majority 12,474 21.4
Turnout 58,177 75.6 −1.9
Labour hold Swing −4.1

Elections of the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Eadie 27,608 56.6 −4.7
Conservative John L.G. Lamotte 13,192 27.0 −11.7
SNP Steven Rae 7,974 16.3 N/A
Majority 14,416 29.6
Turnout 48,774 77.5 −1.4
Labour hold Swing +3.5
General Election 1964: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Hill 29,820 61.3 +1.1
Unionist Daniel A.P. Buchanan 18,861 38.7 −1.1
Majority 10,959 22.5
Turnout 48,681 78.9 −2.4
Labour hold Swing +1.1

Elections of the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Hill 28,457 60.2 +0.0
Unionist William S. How 18,797 39.8 +0.0
Majority 9,660 20.4
Turnout 47,254 81.3 +3.2
Labour hold Swing +0.0
General Election 1955: Midlothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Pryde 25,994 60.2 N/A
Unionist Anthony Stodart 12,208 39.8 N/A
Majority 8,786 20.3 N/A
Turnout 38,202 78.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (Scotland) Order 2005 (SI 2005/250). The Schedule provides that the Midlothian constituency is composed of the area of the Midlothian Council
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/general-election-snp-reselects-54-mps-1-4426658
  4. ^ http://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2017/04/vicky-ford-in-final-chelmsford-three-lee-scott-back-for-ilford-north-all-the-latest-candidate-selections-and-shortlists.html
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/S14000045
  7. ^ a b "Midlothian". YourNextMP. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  8. ^ http://labourlist.org/2015/03/kenny-young-selected-as-labours-candidate-for-midlothian/
  9. ^ http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/news/scottish-greens-confirm-32-candidates-for-biggest-mp-push/
  10. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/midlothian/
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Midlothian candidates
  13. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/constituency/844.stm
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Aristotle: Midlothian", Guardian Unlimited
  18. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 55°49′18″N 3°06′28″W / 55.82167°N 3.10778°W / 55.82167; -3.10778