Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament Region)
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Highlands and Islands Scottish Parliament Region

The Highlands and Islands is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament which were created in 1999. Eight of the parliament's first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

The name Highlands and Islands is much older than the electoral region. The Highlands and Islands area has a large area of overlap with the Scottish Highlands, and the two names are often regarded as representing the same area.

The Highlands and Islands region is the largest of the eight electoral regions in terms of area, but the smallest in terms of population and electorate. It has boundaries with the North East Scotland, Mid Scotland and Fife and the West Scotland electoral regions.

Constituencies and council areas

2011-

As a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries the boundaries of the region and constituencies were redrawn for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

1999-2011

The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as existing at that time.[1] They covered all of four council areas,[2] the Highland council area, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles council area), the Orkney Isles council area and the Shetland Isles council area, and most of two others, the Argyll and Bute council area and the Moray council area:

Map Constituency
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  1. Argyll and Bute
    covers most of the Argyll and Bute council area.
  2. Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
    covers a northern portion of the Highland council area.
  3. Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
    covers a southern portion of the Highland council area.
  4. Moray
    covers most of the Moray council area.
  5. Orkney
    covers the Orkney Isles council area.
  6. Ross, Skye and Inverness West
    covers a central portion of the Highland council area.
  7. Shetland
    covers the Shetland Isles council area.
  8. Western Isles
    covers Na h-Eileanan Siar.

A south-eastern portion of the Argyll and Bute area is covered by the Dumbarton constituency, which is in the West of Scotland region. An eastern portion of the Moray area is covered by the Gordon constituency, in the North East Scotland region.

Boundary changes

The Boundary Commission also recommended changes to the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament. Highlands and Islands was amended so as to contain the newly redrawn constituencies of Argyll and Bute; Caithness, Sutherland and Ross; Inverness and Nairn; Moray; Na h-Eileanan an Iar; Orkney Islands; Shetland Islands; and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.[3]

List of MSPs

Constituency MSPs

Regional List MSPs

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Election results

2016 election

In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Additional member results

Elected candidates are highlighted in bold.

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Highlands and Islands[4]
List Candidates Votes % ±
SNP Maree Todd, Laura Mitchell, Mike Mackenzie, Liz MacDonald, Richard Laird, Danus Skene, Angus MacLeod, Hugh Moodie, Ken Gowans, Donna Heddle, Antony Harrison, Muriel Cockburn 81,600 39.7 -7.8
Conservative Douglas Ross, Edward Mountain, Donald Cameron, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Struan Mackie, Cameron Smith, Robbie Munro 44,693 21.8 +10.1
Liberal Democrats Jamie Stone, Carolyn Caddick, James Patterson, David Green, Alan Reid, Angela MacLean, Jean Davis, Ken MacLeod 27,223 13.3 +1.2
Labour Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Leah Franchetti, Sean Morton, Sarah Atkin, John Erskine, Robina Barton, Gerard McGarvey 22,894 11.2 -3.3
Scottish Green John Finnie, Isla O'Reilly, Fabio Villani, Ariane Burgess, Steve Sankey, Anne Katherine Thomas, Donnie Macleod, Michele Rhodius, Topher Dawson 14,781 7.2 +2.1
UKIP David Adam Coburn, Arthur Leslie Durance, George King, Philip Andrew Anderson 5,344 2.6 0.7
Independent James Wilson Stockan 3,689 1.8 +1.8
Scottish Christian Donald Macleod Boyd, Andrew Henderson Shearer, Isobel Ann MacLeod, John Cranston Lister 3,407 1.7 -0.3
RISE Jean Urquhart, Conor Cheyne, Suzanne Nicola Wright, Louis McIntosh 889 0.4 N/A
Solidarity Liz Walker, Ryan Malcolm McGuinness, William Robertson Henderson, Findlay Robert Walker 793 0.4 +0.3

2011 election

In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:[5]

Constituency results

Additional member results

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Highlands and Islands
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
SNP John Finnie
Jean Urquhart
Mike MacKenzie
3 +1 85,082 47.5 +13.1
Labour Rhoda Grant
David Stewart
2 -1 25,884 14.5 -3.2
Liberal Democrats 0 ±0 21,729 12.1 -8.0
Conservative Jamie McGrigor
Mary Scanlon
2 ±0 20,843 11.6 -0.8
Scottish Green 0 0 9,076 5.1 +0.4
Scottish Christian 0 0 3,541 2.0 -1.4
UKIP 0 0 3,372 1.9 +1.2
All Scotland Pensioners Party 0 0 2,770 1.5 -0.6
Ban Bankers Bonuses 0 0 1,764 1.0 N/A
Liberal 0 0 1,969 0.9 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 1,406 0.8 +0.2
BNP 0 0 1,134 0.6 -0.5
Scottish Socialist 0 0 509 0.3 -0.2
Solidarity 0 0 204 0.1 -0.9

2007 election

In the 2007 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Additional member results

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Highlands and Islands
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
SNP Rob Gibson
David Thompson
2 ±0 63,979 34.4 +11.0
Liberal Democrats 0 ±0 37,001 19.9 +1.1
Labour Peter Peacock
Rhoda Grant
David Stewart
3 +1 32,952 17.7 -4.6
Conservative Mary Scanlon
Jamie McGrigor
2 ±0 23,334 12.6 -3.4
Scottish Green 0 -1 8,602 4.6 -3.6
Scottish Christian 0 ±0 6,332 3.4 +3.4
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 ±0 3,841 2.1 N/A
BNP 0 ±0 2,152 1.2 N/A
Solidarity 0 ±0 1,833 1.0 N/A
UKIP 0 ±0 1,287 0.7 -0.5
Socialist Labour 0 ±0 1,027 0.6 -0.4
Scottish Socialist 0 ±0 973 0.5 -4.8
Publican Party 0 ±0 914 0.5 N/A
Christian Peoples Alliance 0 ±0 885 0.5 N/A
Scottish Voice 0 ±0 450 0.2 N/A
Scottish Enterprise 0 ±0 211 0.1 N/A

2003 election

In the 2003 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Changes:

Additional member results

2003 Scottish Parliament election: Highlands and Islands
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
SNP Jim Mather
Rob Gibson
2 ±0 39,497 23.43 -4.3
Labour Peter Peacock
Maureen Macmillan
2 -1 37,605 22.31 -3.16
Liberal Democrats 0 0 31,655 18.78 -2.65
Conservative Jamie McGrigor
Mary Scanlon
2 ±0 26,989 16.01 +1.07
Scottish Green Eleanor Scott 1 +1 13,935 8.27 +4.52
Scottish Socialist 0 0 9,000 5.34 +4.46
UKIP 0 0 1,947 1.16 N/A
Robbie the Pict (Independent) 0 0 1,822 1.08 +0.51
Countryside Party 0 0 1,768 1.05 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 1,617 0.96 -0.43
Scottish People's 0 0 793 0.47 N/A
Independent 0 0 353 0.21 +0.03
Rural Party 0 0 177 0.11 N/A

Changes:

1999 election

In the 1999 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Additional member results

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Highlands and Islands
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
SNP Winnie Ewing
Duncan Hamilton
2 N/A 55,593 27.73 N/A
Labour Peter Peacock
Maureen Macmillan
Rhoda Grant
3 N/A 51,371 25.47 N/A
Liberal Democrats 0 N/A 43,226 21.43 N/A
Conservative Jamie McGrigor
Mary Scanlon
2 N/A 30,122 14.94 N/A
Scottish Green 0 N/A 7,560 3.75 N/A
I Noble (Independent) 0 N/A 3,522 1.75 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 N/A 2,808 1.39 N/A
Highlands and Islands 0 N/A 2,607 1.29 N/A
Scottish Socialist Party 0 N/A 1,770 0.88 N/A
Robbie the Pict (Independent) 0 N/A 1,151 0.57 N/A
Independent 0 N/A 712 0.35 N/A
Natural Law 0 N/A 536 0.27 N/A
Independent 0 N/A 354 0.18 N/A

Footnotes

  1. ^ Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005. See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 2007-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Council areas are as defined in 1996, and were changed after the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.
  3. ^ "Politicians, elections and democracy: Elections and voting: Scottish Parliamentary". Highland Council. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/16055/highlands_and_islands_region_statement_of_persons_and_parties_nominated_and_notice_of_poll
  5. ^ "Your MSPs: Highlands & Islands" (PDF). Scottish Government. May 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2014.

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