Aberdeen Donside
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Aberdeen Donside shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population80,156 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2011
PartySNP
MSPJackie Dunbar
Council areaAberdeen City
Created fromAberdeen Central,
Aberdeen North

Aberdeen Donside is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering part of the council area of Aberdeen City. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It is one of ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region

See also: North East Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

The other nine constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East and Dundee City West.

The region covers all of the Aberdeen City council area, the Aberdeenshire council area, the Angus council area, the Dundee City council area and part of the Moray council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Outline of the constituency

Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area. The Aberdeen City council area is now divided between three constituencies: Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine. Central and Donside are entirely within the city area, while South and North Kincardine also takes in North Kincardine in the Aberdeenshire council area.

Aberdeen Donside covers the northern area of the city, and comprises the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
2011 Brian Adam[a] Scottish National Party
2013 by Mark McDonald
2017[2] Independent
2021 Jackie Dunbar Scottish National Party
  1. ^ Incumbent for Aberdeen North constituency since 2003.

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeen Donside[3][4][5][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Jackie Dunbar 18,514 51.6 Decrease4.4 16,233 45.2 Decrease6.6
Conservative Harriet Cross 9,488 26.4 Increase8.0 8,849 24.6 Increase5.8
Labour Heather Herbert 5,505 15.3 Decrease3.0 5,283 14.7 Decrease2.1
Green 1,764 4.9 Increase1.5
Liberal Democrats Isobel Davidson 2,162 6.0 Decrease1.3 1,728 4.8 Decrease0.5
Alba 743 2.1 New
Scottish Family 269 0.8 New
All for Unity 255 0.7 New
TUSC Lucas Grant 240 0.7 Increase0.7
Independent Green Voice 177 0.5 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 134 0.4 New
Reform UK 126 0.4 New
Freedom Alliance 109 0.3 New
Restore Scotland 85 0.2 New
UKIP 71 0.2 Decrease2.0
Libertarian 64 0.2 Steady0.0
Independent Laura Marshall 39 0.1 New
Independent Geoffrey Farquharson 15 0.0 New
Renew 7 0.0 New
Majority 9,026 25.2 Decrease12.4
Valid Votes 35,909 35,951
Invalid Votes 118 80
Turnout 36,027 58.0 Increase7.2 36,031 58.0
SNP hold Swing Decrease6.2

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeen Donside[7][8][9][a]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Mark McDonald[b] 17,339 56.0 Increase0.7 16,080 51.8 Decrease2.4
Conservative Liam Kerr 5,709 18.4 Increase10.3 5,825 18.8 Increase11.0
Labour Greg Williams 5,672 18.3 Decrease10.1 5,208 16.8 Decrease6.5
Liberal Democrats Isobel Davidson 2,261 7.5 Increase1.3 1,653 5.3 Increase0.1
Green 1,046 3.4 Increase0.8
UKIP 675 2.2 Increase1.4
Scottish Christian 226 0.7 Decrease0.1
National Front 106 0.3 Decrease0.2
Solidarity 72 0.2 Increase0.2
Libertarian 57 0.2 New
RISE 55 0.2 New
Communist 37 0.1 New
Majority 11,630 37.6 Increase12.7
Valid Votes 30,981 31,040
Invalid Votes 117 52
Turnout 31,098 50.8 Increase3.5 31,092 50.8
SNP hold Swing Decrease5.5
Notes
  1. ^ Changes shown are relative to 2011 election
  2. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
Aberdeen Donside By-Election, 20 June 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Mark McDonald 9,814 42.0 Decrease13.4
Labour Willie Young 7,789 33.3 Increase4.8
Liberal Democrats Christine Jardine 1,940 8.3 Increase2.3
Conservative Ross Thomson 1,791 7.7 Increase0.4
UKIP Otto Inglis 1,128 4.8 New
Green Rhonda Reekie 410 1.8 New
National Front Dave MacDonald 249 1.1 Increase0.3
Scottish Christian Tom Morrow 222 0.9 New
SDA James Trolland 35 0.1 New
Majority 2,025 8.7 Decrease18.2
Turnout 23,396 38.8 -8.5
SNP hold Swing Decrease5.5
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeen Donside[10][11][a]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Brian Adam[b] 14,790 55.3 Increase10.6 14,526 54.2 N/A
Labour Barney Crockett 7,615 28.5 Decrease3.2 6,237 23.3 N/A
Conservative Ross Thomson 2,166 8.1 Increase0.6 2,076 7.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Millie McLeod 1,606 6.0 Decrease10.0 1,390 5.2 N/A
Green 683 2.5 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 544 2.0 N/A
Independent David Henderson 371 1.4 New TBC[c] N/A
Socialist Labour 231 0.9 N/A
Scottish Socialist 220 0.8 N/A
UKIP 217 0.8 N/A
Scottish Christian 210 0.8 N/A
BNP 177 0.7 N/A
National Front Christopher Willett 213 0.8 New 135 0.5 N/A
Solidarity 17 0.1 N/A
Angus Independents 6 0.0 N/A
Others 123 0.5 N/A
Majority 7,175 26.8 Increase13.7
Valid Votes 26,761 26,792
Invalid Votes 84 96
Turnout 26,845 47.8 N/A 26,888 47.9 N/A
SNP win (new seat)
Notes
  1. ^ Changes shown are relative to the notional result for 2007
  2. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
  3. ^ Included as part of "Others"

2000s

The following is the notional result for the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, as calculated by the BBC.[12]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Aberdeen Donside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP 12,165 44.8
Labour 8,614 31.7
Liberal Democrats 4,340 16.0
Conservative 2,027 7.5
Majority 3,551 13.1
SNP hold Swing

Politics and history of the constituency

The area contains Aberdeen Airport (run by BAA),[13]

Prior to the 2011 election, the Liberal Democrat candidate (Cllr Gordon Leslie), stood down amid allegations related to prostitution.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ "Mark McDonald suspended by SNP after 'new information' emerges". 16 November 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ "North East Scotland Region: Statement of Persons and Parties nominated and Notice of Poll" (PDF). Aberdeen City Council. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Aberdeen Donside Constituency: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll" (PDF). Aberdeen City Council. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  5. ^ Constituencies A-Z | Aberdeen Donside, BBC News; retrieved 7 May 2021
  6. ^ Scottish Parliamentary election 2021 results Aberdeen Council website
  7. ^ "SPE2016 - Donside Declaration" (PDF). Aberdeen City Council. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  8. ^ "SPE2016 - North East Scotland Regional List results by constituency" (PDF). Aberdeen City Council. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Aberdeen Donside - Scottish Parliament constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  10. ^ "2011 Election analysis (Excel 2.37MB)". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  12. ^ "The New Scottish Parliament Constituencies 2011" (PDF). BBC News online. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  13. ^ Passengers’ flight tax rise may cost country £80m, Press & Journal, 18 February 2011
  14. ^ Lib Dem candidate stands down over prostitute charges, BBC News, 22 February 2011