Midlothian North and Musselburgh
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Midlothian North and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Midlothian North and Musselburgh shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population85,799 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2011
PartyScottish National Party
MSPColin Beattie
Council areaMidlothian
East Lothian
Created fromEast Lothian,
Edinburgh East & Musselburgh,
Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale,
Midlothian

Midlothian North and Musselburgh is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering parts of the council areas of Midlothian and East Lothian. 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.

The seat was created for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, and covers areas that were formerly part of the constituencies of Midlothian and Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, both of which were abolished.[2] It has been held by Colin Beattie of the Scottish National Party since creation.

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 Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western and Linlithgow.

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

Midlothian is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, the latter is part of the South Scotland region. Part of the constituency is within the East Lothian council area, the remainder of which is represented by the East Lothian constituency (also within the South Scotland region).

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the newly formed constituency of Midlothian North and Musselburgh is formed from the following electoral wards:[3]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
2011 Colin Beattie SNP

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Midlothian North and Musselburgh[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Colin Beattie[a] 21,165 49.7 Increase0.8 17,620 41.2 Increase0.4
Labour Stephen Curran 13,259 31.1 Increase2.5 10,212 23.9 Decrease3.3
Conservative Iain Whyte 6,529 15.3 Decrease2.8 7,723 18.1 Decrease0.4
Green 3,800 8.9 Increase1.6
Liberal Democrats Charles Dundas 1,630 3.8 Decrease0.7 1,372 3.2 Increase0.5
Alba 645 1.5 New
Animal Welfare 285 0.7 New
All for Unity 278 0.6 New
Scottish Family 216 0.5 New
Women's Equality 116 0.3 Decrease0.4
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 101 0.2 New
Reform UK 81 0.2 New
Libertarian 79 0.2 New
Communist 69 0.2 New
Freedom Alliance 69 0.2 New
UKIP 57 0.1 Decrease2.0
Independent Ashley Graczyk 34 0.1 New
SDP 19 0.0 New
Renew 7 0.0 New
Majority 7,906 18.6 Decrease1.7
Valid Votes 42,583 42,783
Invalid Votes 159 92
Turnout 42,742 61.7 Increase6.7 42,875 61.9 Increase6.9
SNP hold Swing
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Midlothian North and Musselburgh[7][8]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Colin Beattie[a] 16,948 48.9 Increase1.7 14,208 40.8 Decrease2.2
Labour Bernard Harkins 9,913 28.6 Decrease8.6 9,455 27.2 Decrease4.0
Conservative Jeremy Balfour[b] 6,267 18.1 Increase9.6 6,425 18.5 Increase10.9
Green 2,530 7.3 Increase3.6
Liberal Democrats Jacquie Bell 1,557 4.5 Increase0.3 951 2.7 Decrease0.1
UKIP 718 2.1 Increase1.5
Women's Equality 250 0.7 New
Solidarity 171 0.5 Increase0.4
RISE 104 0.3 New
Majority 7,035 20.3 Increase10.3
Valid Votes 34,685 34,812
Invalid Votes 140 53
Turnout 34,825 55.0 Increase3.7 34,865 55.0 Increase3.7
SNP hold Swing
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ Elected on the party list
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Midlothian North and Musselburgh[9][10]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Colin Beattie 14,079 47.2 N/A 12,821 43.0 N/A
Labour Bernard Harkins 11,083 37.2 N/A 9,297 31.2 N/A
Conservative Scott Douglas 2,541 8.5 N/A 2,274 7.6 N/A
Independent Margo MacDonald[a] 1,963 6.6 N/A
Green 1,105 3.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ian Younger 1,254 4.2 N/A 844 2.8 N/A
Independent Alan Hay 861 2.9 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 400 1.3 N/A
Socialist Labour 297 1.0 N/A
BNP 238 0.8 N/A
UKIP 190 0.6 N/A
Scottish Christian 104 0.3 N/A
Scottish Socialist 85 0.3 N/A
CPA 77 0.3 N/A
Liberal 61 0.2 N/A
Solidarity 34 0.1 N/A
Independent Ken O'Neil 17 0.1 N/A
Independent David Hogg 15 0.0 N/A
Independent Mev Brown 10 0.0 N/A
Majority 2,996 10.0 N/A
Valid Votes 29,818 29,832
Invalid Votes 98 109
Turnout 29,916 51.3 N/A 29,941 51.3 N/A
SNP win (new seat)
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

Footnotes

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ "The New Scottish Parliament Constituencies 2011" (PDF). BBC News online. 8 September 2010. p. 13. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  3. ^ "First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries Final Report" (PDF). Boundaries Scotland. May 2010. p. 120. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  4. ^ "2021 Scottish Parliament Election: Midlothian North and Musselburgh County Constituency Result". Midlothian Council. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  5. ^ Constituencies A-Z | Midlothian North and Musselburgh, BBC News; retrieved 7 May 2021
  6. ^ "2021 Scottish Parliament Election: Lothians Regional Local Result". Midlothian Council. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  7. ^ "2016 Scottish Parliament Election results". Midlothian Council. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Lothian regional results". City of Edinburgh Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  9. ^ "2011 Results of Regional List". City of Edinburgh Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2021.