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Almond Valley (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Almond Valley is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, 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 constituency was formed in 2011, comprising much of the old Livingston constituency.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, 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

The West Lothian council area is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Almond Valley and Linlithgow.

The new seat of Almond Valley replaces Livingston. The electoral wards used in its creation are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

As Livingston

Election Member Party
1999 Bristow Muldoon Labour
2003
2007 Angela Constance Scottish National Party

As Almond Valley

Election Member Party
2011 Angela Constance Scottish National Party

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Almond Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Angela Constance 16,704 54.3 +14.6
Labour Laurence Fitzpatrick 11,162 36.3 -3.4
Conservative Andrew Hardie 1,886 6.1 -1.9
Liberal Democrats Emma Sykes 656 2.1 -4.2
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Majority 5,542 18.0
Turnout 30,737 51.1
SNP hold Swing +9.0

Liberal Democrats and National Front both gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Almond Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP 11,616 39.7
Labour 11,612 39.7
Conservative 2,359 8.1
Liberal Democrats 1,844 6.3
Others 1,821 6.2
Majority 4 0.0
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Angela Constance 13,159 39.6 +8.0
Labour Bristow Muldoon 12,289 37.0 -6.6
Action to Save St John's Hospital Ernie Walker 2,814 8.5 +8.5
Conservative David Brown 2,804 8.4 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Evan Bell 2,158 6.5 -2.4
Majority 870 2.6
Turnout 33,224 50.0 +3.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Scottish Parliament Election 2003: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bristow Muldoon 13,327 43.6 -3.7
SNP Peter Johnston 9,657 31.6 -5.1
Conservative Lindsay Paterson 2,848 9.3 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Paul McGreal 2,714 8.9 +1.1
Scottish Socialist Robert Richard 1,640 5.4 +5.4
Scottish People's Stephen Milburn 371 1.2 1.2
Majority 3,670 12.0
Turnout 30,557 46.7
Labour hold Swing +0.7
Scottish Parliament Election 1999: Livingston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bristow Muldoon 17,313 47.34 N/A
SNP Greg McCarra 13,409 36.67 N/A
Conservative Douglas Younger 3,014 8.24 N/A
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 2,834 7.75 N/A
Majority 3,904 10.67
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

References

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