Moray (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
Moray is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The Moray constituency is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies are Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney, Shetland and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.
The region covers most of Argyll and Bute council area, all of the Highland council area, most of the Moray council area, all of the Orkney Islands council area, all of the Shetland Islands council area and all of Na h-Eileanan Siar.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Moray 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, the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was enlarged slightly.
The Holyrood constituency covers most of the Moray council area; the rest of the council area is covered by the Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituency, which is in the North East Scotland electoral region. The Moray Westminster constituency has covered the whole of the council area since 2005.
The electoral wards used in the creation of the Moray constituency are:
- In full: Speyside-Glenlivet, Fochabers-Lhanbryde, Heldon and Laich, Elgin City North, Elgin City South and Forres
- In part: Keith and Cullen (shared with Banffshire and Buchan Coast)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Margaret Ewing||Scottish National Party|
|2006 by-election||Richard Lochhead|
|Liberal Democrats||Jamie Paterson||1,265||3.8||-0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Jamie Paterson||1,327||4.6||-7.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Dominique Rommel||3,528||11.6||-0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Linda Gorn||5,310||19.37||+7.20|
|NHSFirst Party||Melville Brown||493||1.80||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Linda Gorn||3,283||12.16%||+3.06%|
|Scottish Socialist||Norma Anderson||1,015||4.02%||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Patsy Kenton||3,056||9.10%||n/a|
|SNP win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.