Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Roxburgh and Berwickshire was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament until 2011. 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 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.

Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Roxburgh and Berwickshire shown within the South of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Council areaScottish Borders
Replaced byEttrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the South of Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Cunninghame South, Dumfries, East Lothian, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale and Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

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

Constituency boundaries and council area

The Roxburgh and Berwickshire 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 constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

The Holyrood constituency covered an eastern portion of the Scottish Borders council area. The rest of the council area was covered by the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency, which also covered a western portion of the Midlothian council area.

Boundary review

Following its First Periodic review of constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended that the Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat be expanded to form the newly shaped Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency in time for the 2011 election.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

1999 Euan Robson Scottish Liberal Democrats
2007 John Lamont Scottish Conservative Party
2011 constituency abolished: replaced by Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Election results

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Roxburgh and Berwickshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lamont 10,556 41.1 +10.9
Liberal Democrats Euan Robson 8,571 33.4 -7.9
SNP Aileen Orr 4,127 16.1 +3.6
Labour Mary Lockhart 2,108 8.2 -4.2
Independent Jesse Rae 318 1.24 N/A
Turnout 26,279
Majority 1,985 7.73
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Euan Robson 9,280 41.2 +0.6
Conservative Sandy Scott 6,790 30.2 +2.4
SNP Roderick Campbell 2,816 12.5 -4.4
Labour Sam Held 2,802 12.5 - 2.2
Scottish Socialist Graeme McIver 823 3.7 N/A
Majority 2,490
Turnout 22,511
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -0.9
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Euan Robson 11,320 40.6 N/A
Conservative Alasdair Hutton 7,735 27.8 N/A
SNP Stuart Crawford 4,719 16.9 N/A
Labour Susan McLeod 2,802 14.7 N/A
Majority 3,585 N/A
Turnout 26,500 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)


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