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Linlithgow (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Linlithgow 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.

Linlithgow
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Linlithgow shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyScottish National Party
MSPFiona Hyslop
Council areaWest Lothian

Electoral regionEdit

Constituency boundaries and council areaEdit

The West Lothian council area is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Almond Valley and Linlithgow.

The Linlithgow 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]

The electoral wards used in this seat are:

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party
1999 Mary Mulligan Labour
2011 Fiona Hyslop SNP

Election resultsEdit

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Fiona Hyslop 19,362 50.4 +0.6
Labour Angela Moohan 10,027 26.1 -11.7
Conservative Charles Kennedy 7,699 20.0 +12.3
Liberal Democrats Dan Farthing-Sykes 1,319 3.4 +0.5
Majority 9,335 24.3 +12.3
Turnout 38,407 53.8 +1.3
SNP hold Swing

This seat was fought in 2011 under new boundaries.

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Fiona Hyslop 17,027 49.8 +10.8
Labour Mary Mulligan 12,936 37.8 -2.1
Conservative Chris Donnelly 2,646 7.7 -2.9
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Lang 1,015 3.0 -4.6
National Front Michael Coyle 558 1.6 N/A
Majority 4,091 12.0
Turnout 34,182 52.5
SNP win (new seat)
2007 Scottish Parliament election: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mary Mulligan 12,715 42.9 +1.1
SNP Fiona Hyslop 11,565 39.0 +4.4
Conservative Donald Cameron 3,125 10.5 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 2,232 7.5 -0.1
Majority 1,150 3.9 -3.2
Turnout 29,637 52.7 1.6
Labour hold Swing -3.2
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mary Mulligan 11,548 41.77 -3.4
SNP Fiona Hyslop 9,578 34.65 -1.8
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 3,059 11.1 +1.7
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 2,093 7.5 -0.3
Scottish Socialist Steven Nimmo 1,367 4.9 N/A
Majority 1,970 7.13 -1.54
Turnout 27,645 51.1 -11.2
Labour hold Swing -3.4
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Linlithgow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mary Mulligan 15,247 45.1 -9.0
SNP Stewart Stevenson 12,319 36.5 +9.7
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 3,158 9.4 -3.2
Liberal Democrats John Barrett 2,643 7.8 +1.9
Independent Irene Overstone 415 1.2 N/A
Majority 2,928 8.7 -18.7
Turnout 36,710
Labour win (new seat)

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