Edinburgh Pentlands (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh Pentlands is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is one of nine constituencies in the Lothian 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.

Edinburgh Pentlands
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh Pentlands shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population77,633 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyScottish National Party
MSPGordon MacDonald
Council areaCity of Edinburgh

Electoral regionEdit

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow and Midlothian North and Musselburgh

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areaEdit

Edinburgh is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies: Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.

The Edinburgh Pentlands 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.[2]

The newly formed Edinburgh Pentlands uses the following electoral wards:

Members of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party
1999 Iain Gray Labour
2003 David McLetchie Conservative
2011 Gordon MacDonald SNP

Election resultsEdit

2020sEdit

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[3][4]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Gordon MacDonald[a] 16,227 42.4  2.9
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst[b] 12,330 32.3  0.1
Labour Lezley Cameron 6,998 18.3  5.1
Liberal Democrats Fraser Graham 2,213 5.8  0.9
Scottish Family Richard Lucas 462 1.2  1.2
Abolish the Scottish Parliament
Alba
All for Unity
Animal Welfare
Communist
Freedom Alliance
Reform UK
Renew
Green
Libertarian
SDP
UKIP
Women's Equality
Independent Ashley Graczyk
Majority
Turnout
SNP hold Swing
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

2010sEdit

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Gordon MacDonald 13,181 39.5 +2.2
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 10,725 32.2 +0.8
Labour Blair Heary 7,811 23.4 -3.2
Liberal Democrats Emma Farthing-Sykes 1,636 4.9 +0.3
Majority 2,456 7.3 +1.4
Turnout 33,516 60.7 +3.1
SNP hold Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Gordon MacDonald 11,197 37.3 N/A
Conservative David McLetchie 9,439 31.4 N/A
Labour Ricky Henderson 7,993 26.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 1,420 4.6 N/A
Majority 1,578 5.9 N/A
Turnout 30,302 57.6 N/A
SNP win (new boundaries)

2000sEdit

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David McLetchie 12,927 37.6 +0.4
Labour Sheila Gilmore 8,402 24.4 -6.5
SNP Ian McKee 8,234 23.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 4,814 14.0 +2.2
Majority 4,525 13.2 +6.9
Turnout 34,377
Conservative hold Swing
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David McLetchie 12,420 37.2 +8.3
Labour Iain Gray 10,309 30.9 −5.3
SNP Ian McKee 5,620 16.8 −5.4
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 3,943 11.8 −0.9
Scottish Socialist Frank O'Donnell 1,090 3.3 New
Majority 2,111 6.3 N/A
Turnout 33,382 57.1 −8.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.8

1990sEdit

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Iain Gray 14,343 36.2 N/A
Conservative David McLetchie 11,458 28.9 N/A
SNP Stewart Gibb 8,770 22.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ian Gibson 5,029 12.7 N/A
Majority 2,885 7.3 N/A
Turnout 39,600 66.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Candidates Announced for Scottish Parliament Elections". City of Edinburgh Council. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  4. ^ Constituencies A-Z | Edinburgh Pentlands, BBC News; retrieved 8 May 2021
  5. ^ http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/7586/pentlands_msp_constituency_results_2016
  6. ^ http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/7590/lothian_region_full_results_2016
  7. ^ http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/213/scottish_parliamentary_elections_results_2011
  8. ^ Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections - data Archived 6 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine- Scotland Office; 30 April 2008; retrieved 5 April 2011

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