Shetland (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Shetland Islands|
Shetland 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.
Shetland is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies of are Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney 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 Shetland constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, to cover the Shetland Isles council area. In the House of Commons of the British Parliament at (Westminster), the council area is covered by the Orkney and Shetland constituency, which also covers the Orkney Islands council area.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Tavish Scott||Liberal Democrat|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Shetland|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||7,440||67.4||19.9|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+4.5|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Shetland|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||4,462||47.5||-19.2|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-7.4|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Shetland|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||6,531||66.7||+20.7|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+12.1|
|Scottish Parliament Election 2003: Shetland|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||3,989||46.14||- 8.33|
|SNP||Willie Ross||1,729||20.00||+ 5.67|
|Conservative||John Firth||1,281||14.82||+ 6.08|
|Labour||Peter Hamilton||880||10.18||- 12.28|
|Scottish Socialist||Peter Andrews||766||8.86||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-7.0|
|Scottish Parliament Election 1999: Shetland|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||5,455||54.47||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|