Aberdeenshire East (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Aberdeenshire East is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Aberdeenshire East
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Aberdeenshire East shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPGillian Martin
Council areaAberdeenshire
Created fromBanff and Buchan,

Electoral region

The other nine constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East and Dundee City West.

The region covers all of the Aberdeen City council area, the Aberdeenshire council area, the Angus council area, the Dundee City council area and part of the Moray council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Aberdeenshire is represented by four constituencies in the Scottish Parliament: Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns and Banffshire and Buchan Coast.

The electoral wards used in the creation of Aberdeenshire East are:

It was created for the 2011 election, mostly replacing Gordon.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

The seat was represented since the 2007 election by Alex Salmond, the First Minister. He was previously MSP for Banff and Buchan from 1999 until resigning in 2001; he also represented the Westminster seat of Banff and Buchan from 1987 until retiring from the UK Parliament in 2010.

2011 Alex Salmond Scottish National Party
2016 Gillian Martin

Election results

Scottish Parliament Election 2016: Aberdeenshire East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Gillian Martin 15,912 45.8 -18.7
Conservative Colin Clark 10,075 29.0 +15.1
Liberal Democrats Christine Jardine 6,611 19.0 +5.0
Labour Sarah Flavell 2,155 6.2 -1.4
Majority 5,837 16.8 -33.7
Turnout 34,753 55.3
SNP hold Swing -16.9
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeenshire East[2][3]

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Y or N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
SNP Y Alex Salmond 19,533 64.50 N/A 17,795 58.74
Liberal Democrats Alison McInnes 4,238 13.99 N/A 3,169 10.46
Conservative Geordie Stuart 4,211 13.90 N/A 4,255 13.95
Labour Peter Smyth 2,304 7.61 N/A 2,209 7.29
Scottish Green   1,374 4.54
Scottish Senior Citizens   407 1.34
UKIP   263 0.87
BNP   235 0.78
Scottish Christian   192 0.63
Independent - John Cox 124 0.41
Socialist Labour   101 0.33
Scottish Socialist   84 0.28
National Front   62 0.20
Independent - David Henderson 28 0.09
Independent - Andrew McBride 12 0.04
Solidarity   12 0.04
Angus Independents Representatives 5 0.02
Informal votes 81 77
Total Valid votes 30,286 30,297
SNP win new seat Majority 15,295 50.50

See also

Preceded by
Constituency represented by the First Minister
2011 – 2014
Succeeded by
Glasgow Southside


  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/scotland-constituencies/S16000077
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2011-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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