Dumfriesshire (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Dumfriesshire 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. It is also one of nine constituencies in the South of Scotland 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.

for the Scottish Parliament
Dumfriesshire shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
MSPOliver Mundell
Council areaDumfries and Galloway
Created fromDumfries,
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Dumfries was abolished, with the constituency being divided between two new constituencies; Dumfriesshire and Galloway and West Dumfries.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Dumfries and Galloway is represented in the Scottish Parliament by two constituencies: Dumfriesshire and Galloway and West Dumfries.

The electoral wards in the Dumfriesshire constituency are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

2011 Elaine Murray Scottish Labour Party
2016 Oliver Mundell Scottish Conservative Party

Election results

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Dumfriesshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Mundell 13,536 37.3 +7.6
SNP Joan McAlpine 12,306 33.9 +7.6
Labour Elaine Murray 9,151 25.2 -14.3
Liberal Democrats Richard Brodie 1,267 3.5 -0.9
Majority 1,230 3.4 -6.5
Turnout 36,260 59.7 +6.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +11.0
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Dumfriesshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elaine Murray 12,624 39.6 N/A
Conservative Gill Dykes 9,468 29.7 N/A
SNP Aileen Orr 8,384 26.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats Richard Brodie 1,419 4.4 N/A
Majority 3,156 9.9
Rejected ballots 112
Turnout 32,007 53.6
Labour win (new seat)



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