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
|Council area||Scottish Borders|
|Replaced by||Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire|
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.
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.
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|
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Robson||8,571||33.4||-7.9|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Robson||9,280||41.2||+0.6|
|Labour||Sam Held||2,802||12.5||- 2.2|
|Scottish Socialist||Graeme McIver||823||3.7||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Euan Robson||11,320||40.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections - data Archived 6 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine-Scotland Office, 30 April 2008 (retrieved 5 April 2011)