Perthshire North (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||Perth and Kinross|
|Created from||North Tayside,|
Perthshire North 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, it is one of nine constituencies in the Mid Scotland and Fife 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.
The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, North East Fife, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire and Stirling.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of a pre-existing Westminster (House of Commons) constituency. The area has been covered by Westminster constituencies with differing names but similar boundaries since 1918, but in 2005 Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies. Most of the Perth Westminster constituency was merged into Ochil and South Perthshire. Part, including the town of Perth, was merged into Perth and North Perthshire.
The electoral wards used in Perthshire North are:
Member of the Scottish Parliament
John Swinney has represented the constituency for the SNP since the first Scottish election in 1999. He is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, and was SNP leader from 2000 to 2004.
|1999||John Swinney||Scottish National Party|
As Perthshire North
|2011||John Swinney||Scottish National Party|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Barrett||1,750||5.0||+1.0|
Scottish Parliamentary election, 2011
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Perthshire North|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Liberal Democrats||Victor Clements||1,196||3.99||-7.81||1,121||3.73|
|Scottish Senior Citizens||440||1.46|
|Independent - Andrew Rodger||42||0.14|
|Total Valid votes||29,953||30,075|
Scottish Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit