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Midlothian North and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Midlothian North and Musselburgh 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.

Midlothian North and Musselburgh
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Midlothian North and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Midlothian North and Musselburgh shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created2011
PartyScottish National Party
MSPColin Beattie
Council areaMidlothian
East Lothian
Created fromEast Lothian,
Edinburgh East & Musselburgh,
Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale,
Midlothian

Before the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Midlothian was abolished, with the creation of two new constituencies called Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

Electoral regionEdit

Constituency boundaries and council areaEdit

Midlothian is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, the latter is part of the South Scotland region.

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the newly formed constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh is formed from the following electoral wards;

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

As Midlothian

Election Member Party
1999 Rhona Brankin Scottish Labour Party
2003
2007

As Midlothian North and Musselburgh

Election Member Party
2011 Colin Beattie Scottish National Party
2016

Election resultsEdit

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Colin Beattie 16,948 48.9 +1.7
Labour Bernard Harkins 9,913 28.6 -8.6
Conservative Jeremy Balfour 6,267 18.1 +9.5
Liberal Democrats Jacquie Bell[1] 1,557 4.5 +0.3
Majority 7,035 20.3 +10.3
Turnout 34,285 54.7 +3.7
SNP hold Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Colin Beattie 14,079 47.2 +11.9
Labour Bernard Harkins 11,083 37.2 -3.3
Conservative Scott Douglas 2,541 8.5 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Ian Younger 1,254 4.2 -9.6
Independent Alan Hay 861 2.9 +2.9
Majority 2,996 10.0
Turnout 29,818 51
SNP gain from Labour Swing 7.6
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 11,670 40.5
SNP 10,177 35.3
Liberal Democrats 3,969 13.8
Conservative 2,611 9.1
Others 401 1.4
Majority 1,493 5.2
Labour hold Swing

FootnotesEdit