Edinburgh Northern and Leith
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh Northern and Leith (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh Northern and Leith shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population93,605 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2011
PartySNP
MSPBen Macpherson
Council areaCity of Edinburgh
Created fromEdinburgh North and Leith

Edinburgh Northern and Leith is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering part of the council area of Edinburgh. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is one of nine constituencies in the Lothian electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Prior to the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, most of the constituency was part of the Edinburgh North and Leith constituency.

The seat has been held by Ben Macpherson of the Scottish National Party since the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Electoral region

See also: Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow and Midlothian North and Musselburgh.

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Edinburgh is represented in the Scottish Parliament by six constituencies: Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.

The Edinburgh North and Leith 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 House of Commons constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[2]

Since 2011, "Edinburgh Northern and Leith" has consisted of the electoral wards of:[3]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
2011 Malcolm Chisholm Labour
2016 Ben Macpherson SNP

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Northern and Leith[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Ben Macpherson[a] 22,443 47.9 Increase1.2 18,174 38.7 Increase2.4
Labour Katrina Faccenda 10,874 23.2 Decrease5.3 8,726 18.6 Decrease1.2
Green Lorna Slater 6,116 13.1 New 9,243 19.7 Increase1.6
Conservative Callum Laidlaw 5,052 10.8 Decrease5.6 6,293 13.4 Decrease4.4
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Bell 2,035 4.3 Decrease0.5 2,177 4.6 Increase1.0
Alba 770 1.6 New
Animal Welfare 264 0.6 New
All for Unity 220 0.5 New
Scottish Family 212 0.5 New
Freedom Alliance Jon Pullman 314 0.7 New 180 0.4 New
Women's Equality 167 0.4 Decrease1.4
Reform UK 110 0.2 New
Libertarian 83 0.2 New
Communist 80 0.2 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 78 0.2 New
Independent Ashley Graczyk 58 0.1 New
UKIP 43 0.1 Decrease1.4
SDP 23 0.0 New
Renew 14 0.0 New
Majority 11,569 24.7 Increase6.5
Valid Votes 46,834 46,915
Invalid Votes 155 85
Turnout 46,989 63.0 Increase7.5 47,000 63.0 Increase7.6
SNP hold Swing Increase3.3
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Northern and Leith[7][8][9]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Ben Macpherson 17,322 46.7 Increase7.0 13,495 36.3 Decrease1.2
Labour Lesley Hinds 10,576 28.5 Decrease13.1 7,364 19.8 Decrease4.4
Green 6,744 18.1 Increase5.8
Conservative Ian McGill 6,081 16.4 Increase6.9 6,623 17.8 Increase8.7
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 1,779 4.8 Decrease4.4 1,349 3.6 Decrease2.2
Independent Jack Caldwell 1,344 3.6 New
Women's Equality 658 1.8 New
UKIP 568 1.5 Increase1.0
RISE 293 0.8 New
Solidarity 120 0.3 Increase0.1
Majority 6,746 18.2 N/A
Valid Votes 37,102 37,214
Invalid Votes 260 73
Turnout 37,362 55.5 Increase3.0 37,287 55.4 Increase2.8
SNP gain from Labour Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh Northern and Leith[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm[a] 12,858 41.6 N/A 7,508 24.2 N/A
SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville[a] 12,263 39.7 N/A 11,610 37.5 N/A
Green 3,812 12.3 N/A
Conservative Sheila Low 2,928 9.5 N/A 2,803 9.1 N/A
Independent Margo MacDonald[a] 2,157 7.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Dan Farthing 2,836 9.2 N/A 1,805 5.8 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 266 0.9 N/A
Scottish Socialist 211 0.7 N/A
Socialist Labour 177 0.6 N/A
UKIP 155 0.5 N/A
BNP 148 0.5 N/A
Liberal 91 0.3 N/A
Scottish Christian 90 0.3 N/A
Solidarity 57 0.2 N/A
CPA 41 0.1 N/A
Independent Ken O'Neil 17 0.1 N/A
Independent David Hogg 11 0.0 N/A
Independent Mev Brown 7 0.0 N/A
Majority 595 1.9 N/A
Valid Votes 30,885 30,966
Invalid Votes 172 114
Turnout 31,057 52.5 N/A 31,080 52.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries Final Report" (PDF). Boundaries Scotland. May 2010. p. 138. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency results". City of Edinburgh Council. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Edinburgh Northern and Leith regional results". City of Edinburgh Council. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Constituencies A-Z: Edinburgh Northern & Leith". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Scotland Election 2016: Edinburgh Northern and Leith". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Edinburgh Northern and Leith MSP Constituency Results". City of Edinburgh Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Lothian regional results". City of Edinburgh Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Northern and Leith MSP Constituency Results 2011". City of Edinburgh Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  11. ^ "2011 Results of Regional List". City of Edinburgh Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2021.