Perthshire South and Kinross-shire (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Mid Scotland and Fife (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire shown within the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Roseanna Cunningham
Council area Perth and Kinross
Created from Ochil,
Perth

Perthshire South and Kinross-shire 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 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.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the constituency of Perth, was abolished and replaced by Perthshire North and Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.

Electoral region[edit]

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 North and Stirling.

The region covers all of the Clackmannanshire council area, all of the Fife council area, all of the Perth and Kinross council area and all of the Stirling council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Perth and Kinross council area is represented in the Scottish Parliament by two constituencies, Perthshire North and Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, defined by the 2011 first periodical review of Scottish Parliament constituencies. Prior to this, Perth and Kinross was represented by three constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, which were used from the opening of the Parliament in 1999 until the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, these were: North Tayside, Perth and Ochil.

The electoral wards used in Perthshire South and Kinross-shire are:

Constituency profile[edit]

BBC profile:[1]

This is a relatively prosperous, largely rural, lowland constituency on the fringe of the Highlands with successful livestock and fruit-growing sectors reliant on its good soil quality. The beautiful scenery also attracts tourism, and the constituency as a whole enjoys relatively low unemployment. A sizeable amount of the electorate lives in the city of Perth while other towns in the constituency include Auchterarder, Crieff, and Bridge of Earn. Kinross was added to the constituency in the border review of 2011. The Tories held Perth's predecessor seats at Westminster for most of the post-war period. But in the 1995 by-election, the SNP's Roseanna Cunningham won through and retained the seat at the 1997 General Election. She went on to be elected to Holyrood when the Scottish Parliament was formed in 1999, and was returned in 2003, 2007 and again in 2011.

The Perthshire South and Kinross-shire constituency covers the southern half of the Perth and Kinross council area, forming its northern boundaries with the Perthshire North constituency following the River Almond and the River Tay east of Perth. The seat covers a majority of the city of Perth to the north-east, covering the western side of the city from Dunkeld Road and the railway line.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

As Perth

Election Member Party
1999 Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party
2003
2007

As Perthshire South and Kinross-shire

Election Member Party
2011 Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party
2016

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
SNP Green tickY Roseanna Cunningham 15,315 42.4 -9.1 13,668 37.7 -10
Conservative Elizabeth Smith 13,893 38.4 +9.9 13,966 38.5 +13.3
Labour Scott Nicholson 3,389 9.4 -3.4 3,429 9.4 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Willie Robertson 3,008 8.3 +1.1 1,949 5.4 +0.5
Independent Craig Finlay 544 1.5 +1.5 N/A N/A N/A
Scottish Green   2,264 6.2 +1.4
UKIP   635 1.8 +0.7
RISE   123 0.3 +0.3
Solidarity   95 0.3 +0.3
Libertarian   70 0.2 +0.2
Informal votes 112 72
Total Valid votes 36,149 36,271
SNP hold Majority 1,422 4.00 -19.04


Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Perthshire South and Kinross-shire[2][3]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
SNP Green tickY Roseanna Cunningham 16,073 51.49 +14.63 14,957 47.73
Conservative Elizabeth Smith 8,907 28.53 -3.86 7,865 25.10
Labour Patricia Duncan 3,980 12.75 +0.16 3,907 12.47
Liberal Democrats Willie Robertson 2,256 7.23 -9.57 1,527 4.87
Scottish Green   1,512 4.82
Scottish Senior Citizens   522 1.67
UKIP   349 1.11
BNP   183 0.58
Scottish Christian   107 0.34
Socialist Labour   104 0.33
Scottish Socialist   86 0.27
Christian Peoples   75 0.24
Independent - Andrew Rodger 55 0.18
Solidarity   14 0.04
Informal votes 90 75
Total Valid votes 31,216 31,338
SNP hold Majority 7,166 22.96
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP 11,431 36.9
Conservative 10,047 32.4
Liberal Democrats 5,211 16.8
Labour 3,906 12.6
Others 420 1.4
Majority 1,384 4.5
SNP hold Swing

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 'Perthshire South and Kinross-shire'
  2. ^ Constituency profile: Perthshire South and Kinross-shire- Scotland Votes; retrieved 14.05.2011
  3. ^ Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Results 2011- Perth and Kinross Council; retrieved 14.05.2011