Shetland (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Shetland
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Shetland (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Shetland shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 1999
Party Liberal Democrat
MSP Tavish Scott
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.

Electoral region[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

It has been represented by Tavish Scott, former Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, since the 1999 election.

Election Member Party
1999 Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat
2003
2007
2011
2016

Election results[edit]

Tavish Scott


Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Shetland[2][3]

Notes: Green 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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Green tickY Tavish Scott 7,440 67.4 Increase19.9 3,937 35.65
SNP Danus Skene 2,545 23.1 Increase11.0 2,932 26.55
Labour Robina Barton 651 5.9 Decrease0.7 1,003 9.08
Conservative Cameron Smith 405 3.7 Increase0.2 1,197 10.84
Scottish Green   736
Independent - James Wilson Stockan 701
UKIP   301
Scottish Christian   116
RISE   85
Solidarity   33
Informal votes 46 46
Total Valid votes 11,041 11,041
Turnout 11,087
Liberal Democrats hold Majority 4,895 44.3
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 7,440 67.4 Increase 19.9
SNP Danus Skene 2,545 23.1 Increase 11.0
Labour Robina Barton 651 5.9 Decrease 0.7
Conservative Cameron Smith 405 3.7 Increase 0.2
Majority 4895 44.3
Turnout 11,041
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +4.5
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 4,462 47.5 -19.2
Independent Billy Fox 2,845 30.3 N/A
SNP Jean Urquhart 1,134 12.1 -4.5
Labour Jamie Kerr 620 6.6 -0.2
Conservative Sandy Cross 330 3.5 -6.4
Majority 1,617 17.2
Turnout 9,391 53.4 -404
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -7.4
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 6,531 66.7 +20.7
SNP Val Simpson 1,622 16.6 -3.4
Conservative Mark Jones 972 9.9 -4.9
Labour Scott Burnett 670 6.8 -3.9
Majority 4,409 50.1
Turnout 9,795 57.3 +5.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +12.1
Scottish Parliament Election 2003: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
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
Majority 2,260 26.14 - 5.87
Turnout 8,645, 51.84 - 6.93
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -7.0
Scottish Parliament Election 1999: Shetland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 5,455 54.47 N/A
Labour Jonathan Wills 2,241 22.46 N/A
SNP Willie Ross 1,430 14.33 N/A
Conservative Gary Robinson 872 8.74 N/A
Majority 3,214 32.01
Turnout 9,998 58.3
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ http://www.shetland.gov.uk/elections/
  3. ^ http://www.shetland.gov.uk/elections/documents/SPRStatement.pdf

See also[edit]