East Lothian (Scottish Parliament constituency)
East Lothian (//; Scots: East Lowden; Scottish Gaelic: Lodainn an Ear) is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the South Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||East Lothian|
In the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, a majority of voters in the East Lothian council area opted for Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom - with 61.72% casting their ballots for the Union and 38.28% voting for independence.
The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.
The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.
Constituency boundaries and council areaEdit
The East Lothian constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
Following their first Periodic Review into Scottish Parliament constituencies, the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended the formation of a modified East Lothian, with the Musselburgh electorate wards part of a redrawn Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency.
East Lothian is formed from the following electoral wards:
Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit
|1999||John Home Robertson||Scottish Labour|
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Davidson|
|Abolish the Scottish Parliament|
|All for Unity|
|Independent Green Voice|
|Liberal Democrats||Ettie Spencer||1,337||3.5||-2.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Ettie Spencer||1,912||5.9||N/A|
|Labour win (new boundaries)|
|Liberal Democrats||Judy Hayman||6,249||18.1||+1.3|
|Labour||John Home Robertson||13,683||43.9||−7.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Judy Hayman||5,508||17.7||+ 6.7|
|Conservative||Stuart Thomson||5,459||17.5||+ 1.7|
|Scottish Socialist||Hugh Kerr||1,380||4.4||New|
|Labour||John Home Robertson||19,220||51.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Judy Hayman||4,147||11.0||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- "Scottish independence referendum - Results". BBC News.
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine