Edinburgh Pentlands (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh Pentlands is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. 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 Pentlands
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh Pentlands shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPGordon MacDonald
Council areaCity of Edinburgh

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, 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 Pentlands 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 Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

The newly formed Edinburgh Pentlands uses the following electoral wards:

Members of the Scottish Parliament

1999 Iain Gray Scottish Labour Party
2003 David McLetchie Scottish Conservative Party
2011 Gordon MacDonald Scottish National Party

Election results

Scottish Parliament election results summary

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Gordon MacDonald 13,181 39.5 +2.2
Conservative Gordon Lindhurst 10,725 32.2 +0.8
Labour Blair Heary 7,811 23.4 -3.2
Liberal Democrats Emma Farthing-Sykes 1,636 4.91 +0.3
Turnout 33,516 60.7 +3.1
Majority 2,456 7.36 +1.5
SNP hold Swing

2011 election results

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Gordon MacDonald 11,197 37.3 N/A
Conservative David McLetchie 9,439 31.4 N/A
Labour Ricky Henderson 7,993 26.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 1,420 4.6 N/A
Turnout 30,302 57.6 N/A
Majority 1,758 5.9 N/A
SNP win (new boundaries)

2007 election results

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David McLetchie 12,927 37.6 +0.4
Labour Sheila Gilmore 8,402 24.4 -6.4
SNP Ian McKee 8,234 23.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 4,814 14.0 +2.2
Majority 4,525
Conservative hold Swing

2003 election results

2003 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David McLetchie 12,420 37.2 +8.3
Labour Iain Gray 10,309 30.9 −5.3
SNP Ian McKee 5,620 16.8 −5.3
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 3,943 11.8 −0.9
Scottish Socialist Frank O'Donnell 1,090 3.3 +3.3
Majority 2,111 6.3
Turnout 33,382 57.1 −8.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 6.8

1999 election results

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Iain Gray 14,343 36.2 N/A
Conservative David McLetchie 11,458 28.9 N/A
SNP Stewart Gibb 8,770 22.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ian Gibson 5,029 12.7 N/A
Majority 2,885 7.3 N/A
Turnout 39,600
Labour win (new seat)


See also

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