South of Scotland (Scottish Parliament Region)
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South of Scotland Scottish Parliament Region

South of Scotland was one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament when it was created in 1999. The region was replaced with South Scotland in 2011 following a review.[1]

Nine of the parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies were sub-divisions of the region and it elected seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elected a total of 16 MSPs.

The region had boundaries with the West of Scotland, Central Scotland and Lothians regions.

Constituencies and council areas

The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as existing in at that time.[2] They cover all of three council areas,[3] the Scottish Borders council area, the Dumfries and Galloway council area and the South Ayrshire council area, and parts of five others, the East Ayrshire council area, the East Lothian council area, the Midlothian council area, the North Ayrshire council area and the South Lanarkshire council area:

The rest of the East Ayrshire council area is within the Central Scotland electoral region, the rest of the East Lothian and Midlothian council areas are within the Lothians region, the rest of the North Ayrshire council area is within the West of Scotland region and the rest of the South Lanarkshire council area is divided between the Central Scotland and Glasgow regions.

Members of the Scottish Parliament

Constituency MSPs

Regional List MSPs

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Election results

2007 Scottish Parliament election

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

Constituency results

Additional member results

2007 Scottish Parliament election: South of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
Labour 0 0 79,762 28.8 -1.2
SNP Christine Grahame
Michael Russell
Adam Ingram
Alasdair Morgan
Aileen Campbell
5 +2 77,053 27.8 +9.4
Conservative Derek Brownlee 1 -1 62,475 22.6 -1.7
Liberal Democrats Jim Hume 1 +1 28,040 10.1 -0.1
Scottish Green 0 -1 9,254 3.3 -2.4
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 0 5,335 1.9 N/A
Solidarity 0 0 3,433 1.2 N/A
BNP 0 0 3,212 1.2 N/A
Scottish Christian 0 0 2,353 0.8 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 1,633 0.6 -0.6
UKIP 0 0 1,429 0.5 -0.2
Scottish Socialist 0 -1 1,114 0.4 -5.0
Christian Peoples Alliance 0 0 839 0.3 N/A
Scottish Voice 0 0 490 0.2 N/A
Independent 0 0 488 0.2 N/A

2003 Scottish Parliament election

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

Constituency results

Additional member results

2003 Scottish Parliament election: South of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
Labour 0 0 78,955 30.0 -1.0
Conservative Phil Gallie
David Mundell
2 -1 63,827 24.2 +2.6
SNP Christine Grahame
Adam Ingram
Alasdair Morgan
3 ±0 48,371 18.4 -6.7
Liberal Democrats 0 0 27,026 10.3 -1.7
Scottish Green Chris Ballance 1 +1 15,062 5.7 +2.7
Scottish Socialist Rosemary Byrne 1 +1 14,228 5.4 +4.4
Scottish Pensioners 0 0 9,082 3.4 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 3,054 1.2 -3.2
UKIP 0 0 1,889 0.7 +0.2
Scottish People's 0 0 1,436 0.5 N/A
Rural Party 0 0 355 0.1 N/A

Changes

1999 Scottish Parliament election

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

Constituency results

Changes:

  • On 21 December 1999 Ian Welsh resigned, citing family reasons. He was the first MSP to resign, and as of 2005 remains the shortest serving MSP serving 230 days. At the subsequent Ayr by-election in 2000, John Scott won the seat for the Conservatives.

Additional member results

1999 Scottish Parliament election: South of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/- Votes % +/-%
Labour 0 N/A 98,836 31.0 N/A
SNP Michael Russell
Adam Ingram
Christine Creech
3 N/A 80,059 25.1 N/A
Conservative Phil Gallie
Alex Fergusson
Murray Tosh
David Mundell
4 N/A 68,904 21.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats 0 N/A 38,157 12.0 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 N/A 13,887 4.4 N/A
Scottish Green 0 N/A 9,467 3.0 N/A
Liberal 0 N/A 3,478 1.1 N/A
Scottish Socialist 0 N/A 3,304 1.0 N/A
UKIP 0 N/A 1,502 0.5 N/A
Natural Law 0 N/A 755 0.2 N/A

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Boundary Commission for Scotland - First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries". www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005. See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Council areas are as defined in 1996, and may be subject to change after the next Scottish Parliament election.

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