South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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South Scotland
electoral region
for the Scottish Parliament
South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
South Scotland shown within Scotland
Current electoral region
Created 2011
MSPs Scottish National Party 7
Scottish Conservative Party 6
Labour 3
Council areas Dumfries and Galloway
East Ayrshire
East Lothian (part)
Midlothian (part)
Scottish Borders
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire (part)
Constituencies Ayr
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Clydesdale
Dumfriesshire
East Lothian
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Galloway and West Dumfries
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Midlothian South, Tweeddale, and Lauderdale

South Scotland is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament. Nine of the parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elects a total of 16 MSPs.

The South Scotland region was created as a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries and largely replaced the South of Scotland region.[1]

Constituencies and local government areas[edit]

2011–[edit]

As a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries the boundaries for the region and constituencies were redrawn for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Region Constituencies
South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg South Scotland (Scottish Parliament) - numbered.svg
  1. Ayr
  2. Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
  3. Clydesdale
  4. Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
  5. Dumfriesshire
  6. East Lothian
  7. Galloway and West Dumfries
  8. Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
  9. Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

1999–2011[edit]

Prior to the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries, the area which previously encompassed much of the South Scotland electoral region was known as the 'South of Scotland' electoral region. The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as existing in at that time.[2]

The First Past the Post constituencies can be found below:

Region Constituencies
South of Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg South of Scotland 1999 numbered.PNG
  1. Ayr
  2. Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
  3. Clydesdale
  4. Cunninghame South
  5. Dumfries
  6. East Lothian
  7. Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
  8. Roxburgh and Berwickshire
  9. Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale

The region covered the following local government areas: In full:

  • Scottish Borders
  • South Ayrshire
  • Dumfries and Galloway

In part:

  • East Ayrshire
  • East Lothian
  • Midlothian
  • North Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Constituency MSPs[edit]

as South of Scotland
Term Election Ayr Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Clydesdale Galloway and Upper Nithsdale Dumfries Roxburgh and Berwickshire Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale East Lothian area formerly within the Central Scotland Region prior to 2011 Cunninghame South
1st 1999 Ian Welsh
(Labour)
Cathy Jamieson
(Labour)
Karen Gillon
(Labour)
Alasdair Morgan
(SNP)
Elaine Murray
(Labour)
Euan Robson
(LD)
Ian Jenkins
(LD)
John Home Robertson
(Labour)
Irene Oldfather
(Labour)
2000 by John Scott
(Conservative)
2nd 2003 Alex Fergusson
(Conservative)
Jeremy Purvis
(LD)
3rd 2007 John Lamont
(Conservative)
Iain Gray
(Labour)
as South Scotland
Term Election Ayr Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Clydesdale Galloway and West Dumfries Dumfriesshire Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale East Lothian Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley area covered by former constituency moved to the West Scotland Region from 2011
4th 2011 John Scott
(Conservative)
Adam Ingram
(SNP)
Aileen Campbell
(SNP)
Alex Fergusson
(Conservative)
Elaine Murray
(Labour)
John Lamont
(Conservative)
Christine Grahame
(SNP)
Iain Gray
(Labour)
Willie Coffey
(SNP)
5th 2016 Jeane Freeman
(SNP)
Finlay Carson
(Conservative)
Oliver Mundell
(Conservative)
2017 by Rachael Hamilton
(Conservative)

Regional List MSPs[edit]

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Parliament MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP
as South of Scotland
1st
(1999–2003)
Christine Grahame
(SNP)
Adam Ingram
(SNP)
Michael Russell
(SNP)
Alex Fergusson
(Conservative)
Murray Tosh
(Conservative)
David Mundell
(Conservative)
Phil Gallie
(Conservative)
2nd
(2003–07)
Alasdair Morgan
(SNP)
Rosemary Byrne
(Socialist)
Chris Ballance
(Green)
Derek Brownlee
(Conservative)
3rd
(2007–11)
Michael Russell
(SNP)
Aileen Campbell
(SNP)
Jim Hume
(Lib Dem)
as South Scotland
4th
(2011–16)
Joan McAlpine
(SNP)
Paul Wheelhouse
(SNP)
Aileen McLeod
(SNP)
Chic Brodie
(SNP)
Claudia Beamish
(Labour)
Graeme Pearson
(Labour)
Jim Hume
(Lib Dem)
5th
(2016–)
Emma Harper
(SNP)
Rachael Hamilton
(Conservative)
Colin Smyth
(Labour)
Brian Whittle
(Conservative)
Michelle Ballantyne
(Conservative)

Election results[edit]

2016 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

  • 7 Scottish National Party MSPs (four constituency members and three additional members)
  • 6 Conservative MSPs (four constituency members and two additional members)
  • 3 Labour MSPs (one constituency member and two additional members)

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: South Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Ayr John Scott Conservative hold
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Jeane Freeman SNP hold
Clydesdale Aileen Campbell SNP hold
Dumfriesshire Oliver Mundell Conservative gain from Labour
East Lothian Iain Gray Labour hold
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont Conservative hold
Galloway and West Dumfries Finlay Carson Conservative hold
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Willie Coffey SNP hold
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Christine Grahame SNP hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: South Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Joan McAlpine
Paul Wheelhouse
Emma Harper
3 -1 120,217 38.3% -2.7%
Conservative Rachael Hamilton
Brian Whittle
2 +2 100,753 32.1% +12.6%
Labour Claudia Beamish
Colin Smyth
2 ±0 56,072 17.8% -7.5%
Scottish Green 0 ±0 14,773 4.7% +1.6%
Liberal Democrats 0 -1 11,775 3.7% -1.7%
UKIP 0 ±0 6,726 2.1% +1.0%
Clydesdale and South Scotland Independent 0 ±0 1,485 0.5% +0.5%
Solidarity 0 ±0 1,294 0.4% +0.1%
RISE 0 ±0 1,097 0.3% +0.3%

2011 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: South Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Ayr John Scott Conservative hold
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Adam Ingram SNP gain from Labour
Clydesdale Aileen Campbell SNP gain from Labour
Dumfriesshire Elaine Murray Labour gain from Conservative
East Lothian Iain Gray Labour hold
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont Conservative hold
Galloway and West Dumfries Alex Fergusson Conservative hold
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Willie Coffey SNP hold
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Christine Grahame SNP hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: South Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Joan McAlpine
Aileen McLeod
Paul Wheelhouse
Chic Brodie
4 -1 114,270 40.96% +12.4
Labour Claudia Beamish
Graeme Pearson
2 +2 70,596 25.3% -3.5
Conservative 0 -1 54,352 19.48% -2.8
Liberal Democrats Jim Hume 1 ±0 15,096 5.41% -4.5
Scottish Green 0 ±0 8,656 3.1% -0.3
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 ±0 4,418 1.58% -0.4
UKIP 0 ±0 3,343 1.16% +0.6
Socialist Labour 0 ±0 2,906 1.04% +0.5
BNP 0 ±0 2,017 0.72% -0.4
Scottish Christian 0 ±0 1,924 0.69% -0.1
Solidarity 0 ±0 813 0.29% -0.7
Scottish Socialist 0 ±0 697 0.25% -0.2

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005. See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine..