Perthshire North (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Perthshire North
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Perthshire North (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Mid Scotland and Fife (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Perthshire North shown within the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPJohn Swinney
Council areaPerth and Kinross
Created fromNorth Tayside,

Perthshire North 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, it is one of nine constituencies in the Mid Scotland and Fife 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, the old constituency of Perth was abolished and replaced by Perthshire North and Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, North East Fife, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire and Stirling.

The region covers all of the Clackmannanshire council area, all of the Fife council area, all of the Perth and Kinross council area and all of the Stirling council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of a pre-existing Westminster (House of Commons) constituency; the area has been covered by Westminster constituencies with differing names but similar boundaries since 1918, but in 2005 Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1] Most of the Perth Westminster constituency was merged into Ochil and South Perthshire. Part, including the town of Perth, was merged into Perth and North Perthshire.

Perth and Kinross is represented in the Scottish Parliament by two constituencies, Perthshire North and Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.

The electoral wards used in Perthshire North are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

As North Tayside

John Swinney has represented the constituency for the SNP since the first Scottish election in 1999, he is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, and was SNP leader from 2000 to 2004.

Election Member Party
1999 John Swinney Scottish National Party

As Perthshire North

Election Member Party
2011 John Swinney Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016 : Perthshire North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP John Swinney 16,526 48.6 -12.2
Conservative Murdo Fraser 13,190 38.8 +12.5
Labour Anna McEwan 2,604 7.7 -1.3
Liberal Democrats Peter Barrett 1,750 5.0 +1.0
Majority 3,336 9.8 -24.8
SNP hold Swing -12.4

Scottish Parliamentary election, 2011[edit]

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Perthshire North[2][3]

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
SNP Green tickY John Swinney 18,219 60.83 +10.48 15,908 52.89
Conservative Murdo Fraser 7,866 26.26 -2.59 7,491 24.91
Labour Pete Cheema 2,672 8.92 +0.42 2,690 8.94
Liberal Democrats Victor Clements 1,196 3.99 -7.81 1,121 3.73
Scottish Green   1,359 4.52
Scottish Senior Citizens   440 1.46
UKIP   334 1.11
BNP   187 0.62
Scottish Christian   110 0.37
Socialist Labour   97 0.32
Christian Peoples   88 0.29
Scottish Socialist   74 0.25
Independent - Andrew Rodger 42 0.14
Solidarity   17 0.06
Informal votes 117 117
Total Valid votes 29,953 30,075
SNP hold Majority 10,353 34.56

Scottish Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Perthshire North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP 15,318 50.3
Conservative 8,776 28.8
Liberal Democrats 3,590 11.8
Labour 2,585 8.5
Others 155 0.5
Majority 6,542 21.5
SNP hold Swing