Edinburgh Northern and Leith (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh Northern and Leith 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 Lothian 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.

Edinburgh Northern and Leith
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh Northern and Leith shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
MSPBen Macpherson
Council areaCity of Edinburgh
Created fromEdinburgh North and Leith

Prior to the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, most of the constituency was part of the Edinburgh North and Leith constituency.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow and Midlothian North and Musselburgh

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

The City of Edinburgh is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies: Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.

The Edinburgh North and Leith 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 House of Commons constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

Since 2011, "Edinburgh Northern and Leith" has consisted of the electoral wards of:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

2011 Malcolm Chisholm Scottish Labour Party
2016 Ben Macpherson Scottish National Party

Election results

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Ben Macpherson 17,322 46.7 +7.0
Labour Lesley Hinds 10,576 28.5 -13.1
Conservative Iain McGill 6,081 16.4 +6.9
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 1,779 4.8 -4.4
Independent Jack Caldwell 1,344 3.6 +3.6
Majority 6,746 18.2
Turnout 37,102 55.2
SNP gain from Labour Swing


2011 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 12,858 41.6 N/A
SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville 12,263 39.7 N/A
Conservative Sheila Low 2,928 9.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Dan Farthing 2,836 9.2 N/A
Majority 595 1.9 N/A
Turnout 30,885 52.9 N/A
Labour win (new seat)


See also

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