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Edinburgh Eastern (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh Eastern (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh Eastern
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Edinburgh Eastern shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
MSP Kenny MacAskill
Council area City of Edinburgh
Party Scottish National Party

Edinburgh Eastern 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, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Lothian electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh was abolished. The successor constituencies are Edinburgh Eastern, and Midlothian North and Musselburgh.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, 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 City of Edinburgh is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies: Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.

Edinburgh Eastern uses the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Kenny MacAskill of the SNP, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, has represented the seat since the 2011 election. He was previously an MSP for the Lothians regional list from 1999 to 2007 and for the predecessor Edinburgh East and Musselburgh seat from 2007 to 2011.

Election Member Party
2011 Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Eastern
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Kenny MacAskill 14,552 47.4 +12.9
Labour Ewan Aitken 12,319 40.1 +3.8
Conservative Cameron Buchanan 2,630 8.6 -4.5
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 1,227 4.0 -12.2
Majority 2,233 7.3
Turnout 30,728 54.9
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Edinburgh Eastern
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 11,072 36.3
SNP 10,527 34.5
Liberal Democrats 4,943 16.2
Conservative 3,977 13.0
Majority 545 1.8
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Kenny MacAskill 11,209 37.4 +14.2
Labour Norman Murray 9,827 32.8 -12.3
Liberal Democrats Gillian Cole-Hamilton 5,473 18.3 +9.1
Conservative Christine Wright 3,458 11.5 -2.3
Majority 1,382 4.6
Turnout 29,967 52.9 +4.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing +13.3


  1. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Edinburgh Council

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