Ross, Skye and Lochaber (UK Parliament constituency)
|Ross, Skye and Lochaber|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Ross, Skye and Lochaber in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Highland|
|Member of parliament||Ian Blackford (SNP)|
|Created from||Ross, Skye & Inverness West and Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Ross, Skye and Lochaber is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
The constituency covers a central portion of the Highland council area, and at 12,000 square kilometres (4,600 sq mi), it covers the largest area of any House of Commons constituency in Britain. Until the 2015 General Election it was represented by former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.
The constituency was created in 2005 by merging an area from Ross, Skye and Inverness West with an area from Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber. Most of the rest of Ross, Skye and Inverness West was merged with the rest of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber to form Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. A small area of Ross, Skye and Inverness West was merged into Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.
For representation in the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) the area of the Westminster constituency is divided between Ross, Skye and Inverness West (the Holyrood constituency) and Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (the Holyrood constituency).
Local government area
The Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency is one of three Westminster constituencies covering the Highland council area, the other two being Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. Ross, Skye and Lochaber covers a central portion of the council area, with Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey to its south and east and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross to its north. Ross, Skye and Lochaber includes the Black Isle on the east coast of Scotland and, in the west, the Hebridean island of Skye.
When created in 2005, the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency covered 26 out of the 80 wards of the council area: 11 wards (Avoch and Fortrose, Black Isle North, Conon and Maryburgh, Dingwall North, Dingwall South, Gairloch, Knockbain and Killearnan, Lochbroom, Lochcarron, Muir of Ord and Strathpeffer and Strathconon) out of the 18 wards of the Ross and Cromarty committee area, all of the six wards of the Skye and Lochalsh area committee, all of the eight wards of the Lochaber committee area and one ward (Beauly and Strathglass) out of the 23 wards of the Inverness area committee.
Ward boundaries were redrawn again in 2007, and the management areas were abolished in favour of three new corporate management areas. The new areas consist of groups of the new wards, and boundaries are similar to those of the Westminster constituencies, as created in 2005. Two areas, the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross area and the Ross, Skye and Lochaber area, have the names of Westminster constituencies. The name of the third area, the Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch and Strathspey area, is very similar to that of the third constituency.
Members of Parliament
|2005||Charles Kennedy||Liberal Democrat|
|2015||Ian Blackford||Scottish National Party|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Jean Davis||8,042||20.9||-15.0|
|Labour||Peter Ó Donnghaile||4,695||12.2||+7.3|
|Something New||Stick Sturrock||177||0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Charles Kennedy||14,995||35.9||-16.8|
|Scottish Green||Anne Thomas||1,051||2.5||+0.3|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+24.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Charles Kennedy||18,335||52.6||-6.1|
|Scottish Green||Eleanor Scott||777||2.2||-1.1|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-3.1|
- Note: The constituency was new in 2005 and +/- percentages are notional.
|Liberal Democrats||Charles Kennedy||19,100||58.7||+14.4|
|Scottish Green||David Jardine||1,097||3.4|
|Scottish Socialist||Anne Macleod||412||1.3||-0.7|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+11.2|
Notes and references
- "Frequently Asked Questions: Elections". UK Parliament. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)
- "General Election: SNP reselects 54 MPs". www.scotsman.com.
- Butlin, Heather. "UK Parliamentary General Election". www.highland.gov.uk.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- http://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/8586/ross_skye_and_lochaber_constituency_-_uk_parliamentary_general_election_result 6Aug15
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election 2010: Ross, Skye & Lochaber". BBC News. Retrieved 3 July 2010.*