Edinburgh South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Scottish Parliament constituency infobox
Name = Edinburgh South
Type = burgh


Region = Lothians
Year = 1999
MSP = Mike Pringle
Party = Liberal Democrats
Council = City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh South 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 Lothians 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.

Electoral region

:"See also "Lothians Scottish Parliament region

The other eight constituencies of the Lothians region are Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, Edinburgh North and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh West, Linlithgow, Livingston and Midlothian.

The region covers the City of Edinburgh council area, the West Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, and part of the East Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

The Edinburgh South 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 [See [http://www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/ "The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland] "] .

The Holyrood constituency covers a southern portion of the City of Edinburgh council area. The rest of the city area is covered by five other constituencies, all also in the Lothians electoral region: Edinburgh West, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh North and Leith, and Edinburgh East and Musselburgh.

Edinburgh South has boundaries with the Edinburgh West constituency, the Edinburgh Central constituency, and the Edinburgh East and Musselburgh constituency.

Edinburgh East and Musselburgh also covers the Musselburgh portion of the East Lothian council area. The rest of the East Lothian area is covered by the East Lothian constituency, which is in the South of Scotland electoral region.

Wards

Edinburgh South includes the wards of Alnwickhill, Gilmerton, Kaimes, Marchmont, Merchiston, Moredun, Newington, North Morningside and the Grange, Prestonfield, and Sciennes, and part of the South Morningside ward, which is split with Edinburgh Pentlands. The wards were created in 1999, at the same time as the constituency, and are due to be replaced with new wards in 2007, without change to constituency boundaries.

Description of the constituency

Edinburgh South is predominantly suburban. It includes Marchmont, Merchiston, Newington, the Grange, Sciennes and a northern area of Morningside .

Members of the Scottish Parliament

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Liberal Democrats
candidate = Mike Pringle
votes = 11,398
percentage = 35.0
change = +2.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Labour Party
candidate = Donald Anderson
votes = 9,469
percentage = 29.1
change = -2.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = Robert Holland
votes = 6,117
percentage = 18.8
change = +4.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
candidate = Gavin Brown
votes = 5,589
percentage = 17.2
change = +0.6
Election box majority
votes = 1,929
percentage = 5.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 32,573
percentage = 56.6
change = +4.92
Election box hold with party link
winner = Scottish Liberal Democrats
loser =
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Liberal Democrats
candidate = Mike Pringle
votes = 10,005
percentage = 32.07
change = + 9.74
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Labour Party
candidate = Angus MacKay
votes = 9,847
percentage = 31.56
change = −5.49
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Conservative Party
candidate = Gordon Buchan
votes = 5,180
percentage = 16.60
change = + 0.71
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = Alex Orr
votes = 4,396
percentage = 14.09
change = −9.44
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Socialist Party
candidate = Shirley Gibb
votes = 1,768
percentage = 5.67
change = N/A
Election box majority
votes = 158
percentage = 0.51
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 31,196
percentage = 51.68
change = −10.94
Election box gain with party link
winner = Scottish Liberal Democrats
loser = Scottish Labour Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Labour Party
candidate = Angus MacKay
votes = 14,869
percentage = 37.05
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = Margo MacDonald
votes = 9,445
percentage = 23.53
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Liberal Democrats
candidate = Mike Pringle
votes = 8,961
percentage = 22.33
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Conservative Party
candidate = Iain Whyte
votes = 6,378
percentage = 15.89
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Workers Party (Britain)
candidate = William Black
votes = 482
percentage = 1.20
change = N/A
Election box majority
votes = 5,424
percentage = 13.52
change = N/A
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Scottish Labour Party
loser =
swing =

Footnotes

ee also

* Bruntsfield, Edinburgh
* Morningside, Edinburgh
* Politics of Edinburgh


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