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Edinburgh Northern and Leith (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Edinburgh Northern and Leith shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
MSP Malcolm Chisholm
Council area City of Edinburgh
Party Labour

Edinburgh Northern and Leith 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.

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


  • Electoral region 1
  • Constituency boundaries and council area 2
  • Member of the Scottish Parliament 3
  • Election results 4
  • Footnotes 5
  • See also 6

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

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.

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.[1]

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

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
2011 Malcolm Chisholm Labour

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 12,858 41.6 +6.5
SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville 12,263 39.7 +11.8
Conservative Sheila Low 2,928 9.5 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Dan Farthing 2,836 9.2 -17.7
Majority 595 1.9 -5.8
Turnout 30,885 52.9 +0.1
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 10,695 35.2
SNP 8,491 27.9
Liberal Democrats 8,164 26.8
Conservative 3,059 10.1
Majority 2,204 14.6
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Edinburgh Council

See also

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