Edinburgh Western (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh Western 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 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 Western
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh Western shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish Liberal Democrats
MSPAlex Cole-Hamilton
Council areaCity of Edinburgh
Created fromEdinburgh West

The constituency was created in 2011, when it replaced the re-drawn Edinburgh West constituency.

Electoral regionEdit

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, 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

The City of 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 West 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.[1]

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Edinburgh West was redrawn and renamed "Edinburgh Western". The electoral wards used in this seat are:

Members of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

As Edinburgh Western

Election Member Party
2011 Colin Keir Scottish National Party
2016 Alex Cole-Hamilton Scottish Liberal Democrats

Election resultsEdit


2021 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Western[2]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton[a]
Scottish Libertarian Daniel Fraser
Labour Margaret Graham
SNP Sarah Masson
Conservative Sue Webber
Abolish the Scottish Parliament
All for Unity
Animal Welfare
Freedom Alliance
Reform UK
Scottish Family
Scottish Green
Women's Equality
Independent Ashley Graczyk
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency


2016 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Western
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton 16,645 41.9 +14.2
SNP Toni Giugliano 13,685 34.4 -1.4
Conservative Sandy Batho 5,686 14.3 -0.8
Labour Cat Headley 3,750 9.4 -12.0
Majority 2,960 7.5 N/A
Turnout 39,766 64.5 +4.9
Liberal Democrats gain from SNP Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Western
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Colin Keir 11,965 35.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Margaret Smith 9,276 27.7 N/A
Labour Lesley Hinds 7,164 21.4 N/A
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 5,047 15.1 N/A
Majority 2,689 8.1 N/A
Turnout 33,452 59.6 N/A
SNP win (new seat)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Lloyd, Karen (31 March 2021). "Candidates announced for Scottish Parliament Elections". The City of Edinburgh Council.