Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire 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 South 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.

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created2011
PartyConservative
MSPRachael Hamilton
Council areaScottish Borders
Created fromRoxburgh and Berwickshire,
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the seat of Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale was re-established as Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, 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 areas

The rest of the Scottish Borders is represented in the Scottish Parliament by the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency.

The electoral wards in the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency are:

Members of the Scottish Parliament

As Roxburgh and Berwickshire

ElectionMemberParty
1999 Euan Robson Scottish Liberal Democrats
2003
2007 John Lamont Scottish Conservative Party

As Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

ElectionMemberParty
2011 John Lamont Scottish Conservative Party
2016
2017 by-election Rachael Hamilton Scottish Conservative Party

Election results

2017 by-election

In April 2017, John Lamont announced his intention to resign his seat in the Scottish Parliament in order to contest the 2017 UK general election.[1]

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire by-election, 2017[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rachael Hamilton 20,658 53.55 -1.6
SNP Gail Hendry 11,320 29.34 -2.5
Labour Sally Prentice 3,406 8.83 +3.5
Liberal Democrats Catronia Bhatia 3,196 8.28 +0.6
Majority 9,338 24.20
Turnout 38,580
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

2016 parliamentary election

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Notes:

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 % ±%
Conservative Y John Lamont 18,257 55.2 +10.3 15,452 46.65 +15.16
SNP Paul Wheelhouse 10,521 31.8 +5.4 10,068 30.40 -4.45
Liberal Democrats Jim Hume 2,551 7.7 -9.6 2,851 8.61 -6.14
Labour Barrie Cunning 1,766 5.3 -5.0 2,251 6.80 -4.23
Scottish Green   1,481 4.47 +1.11
UKIP   771 2.33 +0.66
Independent   112
RISE   68
Solidarity   67
Informal votes 88 68
Total Valid votes 33,095 33,121
Conservative hold Majority 7,736 23.4 +4.9

2011 parliamentary election

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Notes:

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 % ±%
Conservative Y John Lamont 12,933 44.88 +5.84 9,045 31.49
SNP Paul Wheelhouse 7,599 26.37 +8.62 10,009 34.85
Liberal Democrats Euan Robson 4,990 17.32 -16.51 4,247 14.79
Labour Rab Stewart 2,986 10.36 +2.08 2,881 10.03
Independent Jesse Rae 308 1.07 +1.07
Scottish Green   965 3.36
UKIP   481 1.67
All Scotland Pensioners Party 442 1.54
Socialist Labour   201 0.70
BNP   183 0.64
Scottish Christian   178 0.62
Scottish Socialist   71 0.25
Solidarity   21 0.07
Total Valid votes 28,816 28,724
Conservative hold Majority 5,334 18.51
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 11,336 39.0
Liberal Democrats 9,822 33.8
SNP 5,154 17.8
Labour 2,404 8.3
Others 318 1.1
Majority 1,514 5.2
Conservative hold Swing

References

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