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Orkney (Scottish Parliament constituency)


Orkney (Scottish Parliament constituency)

county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Orkney shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 1999
Party Liberal Democrats
MSP Liam McArthur
Council area Orkney Islands

Orkney is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

The former Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace represented the constituency from 1999 to 2007.


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

Electoral region

Orkney is part of the Highlands and Islands electoral region; the other seven constituencies of are Argyll and Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Shetland and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

The region covers most of Argyll and Bute council area, all of the Highland council area, most of the Moray council area, all of the Orkney Islands council area, all of the Shetland Islands council area and all of Na h-Eileanan Siar.

Constituency boundaries and council area

The Orkney constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, to cover the Orkney Islands council area. In the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster), the council area is covered by the Orkney and Shetland constituency, which also covers the Shetland Islands council area.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat
2007 Liam McArthur

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur
SNP Donna Heddle
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 860 10.5
Turnout 8,152 49.3 -501
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Barrie Johnson 137 1.6 +1.6
Majority 2,476 28.6
Turnout 8,653 53.4 +1.8
Scottish Parliament election 2003: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 1,755 21.9 -29.86
Turnout 8,004 51.7
Scottish Parliament election 1999: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 4,619 51.8 N/A
Turnout 8,918 57.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Preceded by
Constituency represented by the Deputy First Minister
Succeeded by
Aberdeen South


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