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Dumfries (Scottish Parliament constituency)


Dumfries (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Dumfries shown within the South of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It was also one of nine constituencies in the South of Scotland 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.

From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, the Dumfries constituency was abolished, with the city being divided between two new constituencies; Dumfriesshire, and Galloway and West Dumfries.


  • Electoral region 1
  • Constituency boundaries and council area 2
  • Member of the Scottish Parliament 3
  • Election results 4
  • Footnotes 5

Electoral region

See also South of Scotland Scottish Parliament region

Constituency boundaries and council area

The Dumfries 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 Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Elaine Murray Labour
2011 Constituency abolished: see Dumfriesshire

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 13,707 41.0 +1.0
Conservative Murray Tosh 10,860 32.5 -4.1
SNP Michael Russell 6,306 18.9 +6.7
Liberal Democrats Lynne Hume 2,538 7.6 +0.1
Majority 2,839 8.5
Rejected ballots 1006 }
Turnout 33,419 53.5 +1.3
Labour hold Swing 2.6
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 12,834 39.97 +3.2
Conservative David Mundell 11,738 36.56 +9.3
SNP Andrew Wood 3,931 12.24 -7.6
Liberal Democrats Clare Humblen 2394 7.46 -8.7
Scottish Socialist John Dennis 1213 3.78 n/a
Majority 1,096 3.41 -6.11
Turnout 32,110
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 14,101 36.74 n/a
Conservative David Mundell 10,447 27.22 n/a
SNP Stephen Norris 7,625 19.87 n/a
Liberal Democrats Iain Haughie 6,209 16.18 n/a
Majority 3,654 n/a
Turnout 38,382 n/a


  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
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