Shetland (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Local council||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. 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
The seat was represented by Tavish Scott, former Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, from the 1999 election until he stood down in June 2019. The subsequent by-election was won by Beatrice Wishart, who held the seat for the Liberal Democrats.
|1999||Tavish Scott||Liberal Democrat|
|2019 by-election||Beatrice Wishart||Liberal Democrat|
|Liberal Democrats||Beatrice Wishart||5,659||47.9||-19.5|
|Scottish Green||Debra Nicolson||189||1.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-14.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||7,440||67.4||+19.9|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||4,462||47.5||-19.2|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-7.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||6,531||66.7||+20.6|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+12.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||3,989||46.1||- 8.4|
|SNP||Willie Ross||1,729||20.0||+ 5.7|
|Conservative||John Firth||1,281||14.8||+ 6.1|
|Labour||Peter Hamilton||880||10.2||- 12.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Peter Andrews||766||8.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-7.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Tavish Scott||5,455||54.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Former Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott to quit Holyrood". BBC News. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
- Brooks, Libby (30 August 2019). "Shetland byelection: Liberal Democrats retain Scottish parliament seat". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
- "Radio Shetland hosts by-election hustings". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
- "Elections - Shetland Islands Council". www.shetland.gov.uk.