Edinburgh East and Musselburgh (UK Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland City of Edinburgh
East Lothian
Number of members One
Replaced by Edinburgh East
East Lothian
Created from Edinburgh East

Edinburgh East and Musselburgh was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster) from 1997 to 2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

In 1999, a Scottish Parliament constituency was created with the same name and boundaries, and continued in use until 2011. See Edinburgh East and Musselburgh (Scottish Parliament constituency).


Electoral divisions 27 (Meadowbank/Mountcastle), 28 (Links/Restalrig), 29 (Portobello/Milton), 38 (Craigmillar/Duddingston) in City of Edinburgh District; electoral division 44 (Musselburgh/Fisherrow) in East Lothian District.

The constituency covered an eastern portion of the City of Edinburgh council area and a Musselburgh area within the East Lothian council area. It was one of six constituencies covering the City of Edinburgh area, and one of two covering the East Lothian area. The constituency was predominantly urban.

For the 2005 general election, most of the constituency was merged into the new Edinburgh East constituency. The rest of the constituency, the Musselburgh area, was merged into the East Lothian constituency.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [2] Party
1997 Gavin Strang Labour
2005 constituency abolished - see Edinburgh East

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Edinburgh East & Musselburgh[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gavin Strang 18,124 52.6 −1.0
SNP Rob Munn 5,956 17.3 −1.8
Liberal Democrat Gary Peacock 4,981 14.5 +3.7
Conservative Peter Finnie 3,906 11.3 −4.1
Scottish Socialist Derek Durkin 1,487 4.3 N/A
Majority 12,168 35.3 +0.8
Turnout 34,454 58.2 −12.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Edinburgh East and Musselburgh[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gavin Strang 22,564 53.6 N/A
SNP Derrick White 8,034 19.1 N/A
Conservative Kenneth F. Ward 6,483 15.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Callum I. MacKellar 4,511 10.7 N/A
Referendum James A. Sibbet 526 1.2 N/A
Majority 14,530 34.5 N/A
Turnout 42,118 70.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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