West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 57°15′00″N 3°17′24″W / 57.250°N 3.290°W / 57.250; -3.290

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
County constituency
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine shown within Scotland
Created: 1997
MP: Sir Robert Smith, Bt.
Party: Liberal Democrats
Type: House of Commons
Council areas: Aberdeenshire
EP constituency: Scotland

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Westminster), which elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was first used in the 1997 general election, but has undergone boundary changes since that date.

There is also a West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Holyrood constituency, a constituency of the Scottish Parliament,[1] created in 1999 with the boundaries of the Westminster constituency of at that time.


Council areas
grouped by the Fifth Review
Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City.png
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

The constituency covers a southern portion of the Aberdeenshire council area.

As redefined by the Fifth Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland.[2] and subsequently first used in the 2005 general election, it is one of five constituencies covering the Aberdeenshire council area and the Aberdeen City council area. To the northeast of West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine there are the constituencies of Aberdeen North and Aberdeen South, which are both entirely within the Aberdeen City area. To the north of West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, there is the Gordon constituency, which covers part of the Aberdeenshire area and part of the Aberdeen City area, and further north there is the Banff and Buchan constituency which, like West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, is entirely within the Aberdeenshire area.

The West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency includes the towns of Stonehaven, Portlethen and Banchory, and stretches along the Dee river valley to Braemar. Westhill and Kemnay, which were with the Gordon constituency until 2005, are now within the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Sir Robert Smith Liberal Democrat

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Black
Conservative Alexander Burnett
SNP Stuart Donaldson
Scottish Green Richard Openshaw[5]
Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith
General Election 2010: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith 17,362 38.4 −7.9
Conservative Alex Johnstone 13,678 30.3 +1.9
SNP Dennis Robertson 7,086 15.7 +4.4
Labour Greg Williams 6,159 13.6 +0.5
BNP Gary Raikes 513 1.1 +1.1
UKIP Anthony Atkinson 397 0.9 +0.9
Majority 3,684 8.2
Turnout 45,195 68.4 +4.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −4.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith 19,285 46.3 +2.3
Conservative Alex Johnstone 11,814 28.4 −2.1
Labour James Barrowman 5,470 13.1 +0.8
SNP Caroline Little 4,700 11.3 −0.8
Scottish Socialist Lorna Grant 379 0.9 −0.2
Majority 7,471 17.9
Turnout 41,648 63.5 +1.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.2
General Election 2001: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith 16,507 43.5 +2.4
Conservative Thomas Kerr 11,686 30.8 −4.1
Labour Kevin John Hutchens 4,669 12.3 +3.2
SNP John Gorman Green 4,634 12.2 −0.9
Scottish Socialist Alan Manley 418 1.1 N/A
Majority 4,821 12.7
Turnout 37,914 62.0 −11.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +3.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith 17,742 41.1 N/A
Conservative George Kynoch 15,080 34.9 N/A
SNP Mrs. Joy M. Mowatt 5,649 13.1 N/A
Labour Qaisra E. Khan 3,923 9.1 N/A
Referendum Party Steve L. Ball 808 1.9 N/A
Majority 2,662 6.2 N/A
Turnout 43,202 73.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

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