Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole. In 2011 it replaced most of the constituency of Ross, Skye and Inverness West with Inverness being moved into a new seat called Inverness and Nairn.

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPKate Forbes
Council areaHighland
Created fromRoss, Skye & Inverness West,
Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber

Electoral region

The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies of are Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney and Shetland.

The region covers most of Argyll and Bute council area, all of the Highland council area, most of the Moray council area, all of the Orkney Islands council area, all of the Shetland Islands council area and all of Na h-Eileanan Siar.

Constituency boundaries and council area

The Highland (council area) is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies. These are: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross; Inverness and Nairn and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

The electoral wards used in the newly created constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch are;

Member of the Scottish Parliament

2011 Dave Thompson Scottish National Party
2016 Kate Forbes

Election results


2016 Scottish Parliament election: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Kate Forbes 17,362 47.6 +1.4
Liberal Democrats Angela MacLean 8,319 22.8 -7.7
Conservative Robbie Munro 5,887 16.1 +7.2
Labour Linda Stewart 3,821 10.5 -2.4
Independent Ronnie Campbell 1,116 3.1 +1.6
Majority 9,043 24.8 +9.1
Turnout 36,505 61.3 +5.7
SNP hold Swing


2011 Scottish Parliament election: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP David Thompson 14,737 46.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Alan MacRae 9,742 30.5 N/A
Labour Linda Stewart 4,112 12.9 N/A
Conservative Kerensa Carr 2,834 8.9 N/A
Independent Ronnie Campbell 490 1.5 N/A
Majority 4,995 15.7 N/A
Turnout 31,915 55.6 N/A
SNP win (new seat)

Notes and references

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