Banffshire and Buchan Coast
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Banffshire and Buchan Coast (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
North East Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Banffshire and Buchan Coast shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population75,612 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2011
PartySNP
MSPKaren Adam
Council areaAberdeenshire
Moray
Created fromBanff and Buchan,
Moray

Banffshire and Buchan Coast is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering parts of the council areas of Aberdeenshire and Moray. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It is one also of ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

The seat was created for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, and covers areas that were formerly in the seats of Banff and Buchan, Gordon and Moray.[2] It has been held by Karen Adam of the Scottish National Party since the 2021 Scottish Parliament election .

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 Donside, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, 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

The constituency covers parts of both Aberdeenshire and Moray. It is one of the five constituencies covering Aberdeenshire in the Scottish Parliament, alongside Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine and Angus North and Mearns. The rest of Moray is represented by the Moray constituency.

The seat was created following the First Periodic review of constituencies for the Scottish Parliament, and first contested at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election. It largely replaced the seat of Banff and Buchan which was abolished, and also includes areas that were formerly in the Gordon and Moray constituencies.[2]

The electoral wards used in the creation of Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituency are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
2011 Stewart Stevenson SNP
2021 Karen Adam

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Banffshire and Buchan Coast[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Karen Adam 14,920 45.2 Decrease9.9 12,919 39.1 Decrease12.3
Conservative Mark Findlater 14,148 42.9 Increase10.8 13,130 39.7 Increase10.5
Labour Georgia Strachan 2,169 6.6 Decrease1.7 2,225 6.7 Decrease0.4
Green 1,167 3.5 Increase0.5
Alba 1,135 3.4 New
Liberal Democrats Alison Simpson 1,071 3.2 Decrease1.3 924 2.8 Decrease0.2
Scottish Family 286 0.9 New
All for Unity 231 0.7 New
Freedom Alliance Jason Duncan 347 1.1 New 189 0.6 New
Reform UK 170 0.5 New
Independent Green Voice 147 0.4 New
Restore Scotland David McHutchon 331 1.0 New 145 0.4 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 139 0.4 New
UKIP 86 0.3 Decrease3.5
Libertarian 47 0.1 Steady0.0
Independent Laura Marshall 35 0.1 New
Independent Geoffrey Farquharson 12 0.0 New
Renew 12 0.0 New
Majority 772 2.3 Decrease20.7
Valid Votes 32,986 32,999
Invalid Votes 89 74
Turnout 33,075 56.2 Increase7.5 33,073 56.2 Increase7.4
SNP hold Swing Decrease10.4

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Banffshire and Buchan Coast[6][7]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Stewart Stevenson[a] 15,802 55.1 Decrease12.1 14,809 51.4 Decrease13.3
Conservative Peter Chapman 9,219 32.1 Increase13.8 8,419 29.2 Increase15.3
Labour Nathan Morrison 2,372 8.3 Decrease2.3 2,052 7.1 Decrease1.4
UKIP 1,070 3.7 Increase2.4
Liberal Democrats David Evans 1,290 4.5 Increase0.7 868 3.0 Increase0.6
Green 858 3.0 Increase1.0
Scottish Christian 429 1.5 Decrease0.2
Solidarity 113 0.4 Increase0.3
National Front 57 0.2 Decrease0.1
Libertarian 52 0.2 New
Communist 50 0.2 New
RISE 31 0.1 New
Majority 6,583 23.0 Decrease29.8
Valid Votes 28,683 28,808
Invalid Votes 135 42
Turnout 28,818 48.7 Increase2.5 28,850 48.8 Increase2.1
SNP hold Swing Decrease13.0
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Banffshire and Buchan Coast[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Stewart Stevenson[a] 16,812 67.2 N/A 16,185 64.7 N/A
Conservative Michael Watt 4,592 18.4 N/A 3,482 13.9 N/A
Labour Alan Duffill 2,642 10.6 N/A 2,115 8.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Galen Milne 958 3.8 N/A 606 2.4 N/A
Green 509 2.0 N/A
Scottish Christian 435 1.7 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 431 1.7 N/A
UKIP 331 1.3 N/A
BNP 269 1.1 N/A
Socialist Labour 116 0.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist 80 0.3 N/A
National Front 68 0.3 N/A
Solidarity 18 0.1 N/A
Angus Independents 6 0.0 N/A
Others 363 1.5 N/A
Majority 12,220 48.8 N/A
Valid Votes 25,004 25,014
Invalid Votes 95 83
Turnout 25,099 46.17 N/A 25,097 46.7 N/A
SNP win (new seat)
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

References

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ a b "The New Scottish Parliament Constituencies 2011" (PDF). BBC News online. 8 September 2010. p. 12. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Declaration of regional votes cast in a constituency: Banffshire and Buchan" (PDF). Aberdeenshire Council. 8 May 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Declaration of constituency result: Banffshire and Buchan Coast" (PDF). Aberdeenshire Council. 8 May 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Constituencies A-Z: Banffshire & Buchan Coast". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Banffshire and Buchan Coast" (PDF). Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Banffshire and Buchan Coast - Scottish Parliament constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Scottish Parliamentary Elections and Voting System Referendum 2011". Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  9. ^ "2011 Election analysis (Excel 2.37MB)". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2021.