Edinburgh North and Leith (UK Parliament constituency)

Edinburgh North and Leith is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster), first used in the 1997 general election. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Edinburgh North and Leith
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Edinburgh North and Leith in Scotland
Subdivisions of ScotlandCity of Edinburgh
Major settlementsLeith, Pilrig, Broughton, New Town, Granton, Pilton, West Pilton, Trinity, Newhaven, Stockbridge
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentDeidre Brock (SNP)
Created fromEdinburgh Leith

In 1999, a Scottish Parliament constituency was created with the same name and boundaries. See Edinburgh North and Leith (Scottish Parliament constituency). The boundaries of the Westminster constituency were altered, however, in 2005, and the Scottish Parliament constituency retained the older boundaries until 2011. Since then, the seat has mainly been split between the Edinburgh Northern and Leith and Edinburgh Central constituencies at Holyrood, with a small area also located in Edinburgh Western.

In the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the constituency returned an above average No vote; 60% opted for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom, while 40% preferred Scotland to become an independent country.[1] In the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, the constituency voted remain by 78.2%. This was the seventh highest support for remain for a constituency.[2]


When created in 1997, Edinburgh North and Leith was largely a replacement for the Edinburgh Leith constituency, and was one of six constituencies covering the City of Edinburgh council area. One of those six, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh straddled the boundary with the East Lothian council area to take in Musselburgh. In terms of wards used in elections to the City of Edinburgh Council between 1995-2007, the constituency included the wards of Broughton, Calton, Granton, Harbour, Lorne, New Town, Newhaven, Pilton, Stockbridge and Trinity.

Constituency boundaries in Scotland were revised for the 2005 election. The number of constituencies within the city was reduced from six to five, each now entirely within the city area, and Musselburgh was reunited with the remainder of East Lothian.[3] A new Edinburgh North and Leith constituency was created, including the whole of the former one, but also taking in the Dean ward from Edinburgh Central and Craigleith ward from Edinburgh West.

As a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, these wards were replaced with new, larger wards for the Council elections on 3 May 2007. The constituency now includes parts of the new wards of Leith, Leith Walk, Forth, Inverleith and City Centre, but none of these exclusively.

The constituency is urbanised, and covers several northern communities of the city, as well as most of the former burgh of Leith, which controversially amalgamated with the City of Edinburgh in 1920. It has the highest proportion of residents living in tenements and flats of any parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom with a relatively high proportion of university graduates. It includes a mix of leafy, expensive residential areas in the South and West of the constituency and densely populated areas nearer to Leith with more young professionals and students, as well as older residents whose families have lived there during several previous generations.

It also includes Calton Hill, the shops and offices on the northern side of Princes Street, Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, the Edinburgh Playhouse, the Edinburgh Waterfront, the stretch of the Water of Leith from Dean Village to Leith Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Western General Hospital and the private schools of Fettes College, the Edinburgh Academy, The Mary Erskine School and Stewart's Melville College and Telford College.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember[4] Party
1997Malcolm ChisholmLabour
2001Mark LazarowiczLabour Co-op
2015Deidre BrockSNP

Election results

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Edinburgh North and Leith[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Deidre Brock 25,925 43.7 9.7
Labour Co-op Gordon Munro 13,117 22.1 9.0
Conservative Iain McGill 11,000 18.5 8.7
Liberal Democrats Bruce Wilson 6,635 11.2 6.6
Green Steve Burgess 1,971 3.3 0.3
Brexit Party Robert Speirs 558 0.9 New
Renew Heather Astbury 138 0.2 New
Majority 12,808 21.6 18.7
Turnout 59,334 73.0 1.8
SNP hold Swing 9.4
General election 2017: Edinburgh North and Leith[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Deidre Brock 19,243 34.0 6.9
Labour Co-op Gordon Munro 17,618 31.1 0.2
Conservative Iain McGill 15,385 27.2 11.0
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 2,579 4.6 0.1
Green Lorna Slater 1,727 3.0 2.4
Majority 1,625 2.9 6.7
Turnout 56,552 71.2 0.5
SNP hold Swing 3.3
General election 2015: Edinburgh North and Leith[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Deidre Brock 23,742 40.9 31.3
Labour Co-op Mark Lazarowicz[10] 18,145 31.3 6.2
Conservative Iain McGill[11] 9,378 16.2 1.3
Green Sarah Beattie-Smith[12] 3,140 5.4 3.2
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 2,634 4.5 29.3
UKIP Alan Melville[13] 847 1.5 New
Left Unity (TUSC) Bruce Whitehead[14] 122 0.2 0.3
Majority 5,597 9.6 N/A
Turnout 58,008 71.7 3.3
SNP gain from Labour Co-op Swing 18.7
General election 2010: Edinburgh North and Leith[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Mark Lazarowicz 17,740 37.5 3.2
Liberal Democrats Kevin Lang 16,016 33.8 4.6
Conservative Iain McGill 7,079 14.9 3.8
SNP Calum Cashley 4,568 9.6 0.6
Green Kate Joester 1,062 2.2 3.6
Liberal John Hein 389 0.8 New
TUSC Willie Black 233 0.5 New
Socialist Labour David Jacobsen 141 0.3 New
Independent Cameron James MacIntyre 128 0.3 New
Majority 1,724 3.7 1.3
Turnout 47,356 68.4 5.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing 0.7

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Edinburgh North and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Mark Lazarowicz 14,597 34.2 -7.7
Liberal Democrats Mike Crockart 12,444 29.2 +8.9
Conservative Iain Whyte 7,969 18.7 ±0.0
SNP Davie Hutchison 4,344 10.2 -4.2
Green Mark Sydenham 2,482 5.8 N/A
Scottish Socialist Bill Scott 804 1.9 -1.7
Majority 2,153 5.0 -21.5
Turnout 42,640 62.7 +8.8
Labour Co-op hold Swing -8.3
General election 2001: Edinburgh North and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Mark Lazarowicz 15,271 45.9 -1.0
Liberal Democrats Sebastian Tombs 6,454 19.4 +6.4
SNP Kaukab Stewart 5,290 15.9 -4.2
Conservative Iain Mitchell 4,626 13.9 -4.0
Scottish Socialist Catriona Grant 1,334 4.0 +3.2
Socialist Labour Don Jacobsen 259 0.8 New
Majority 8,817 26.5 -0.3
Turnout 33,234 53.0 -13.5
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Edinburgh North and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 19,209 46.9 N/A
SNP Anne Dana 8,231 20.1 N/A
Conservative Ewen Stewart 7,312 17.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Hillary Campbell 5,335 13.0 N/A
Referendum Sandy Graham 441 1.1 N/A
Scottish Socialist Gavin Browne 320 0.8 N/A
Natural Law Paul Douglas-Reid 97 0.2 N/A
Majority 10,978 26.8 N/A
Turnout 40,945 66.5 N/A
Labour hold Swing

See also

Notes and references

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  2. "Revised estimates of leave vote in Westminster constituencies". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
  5. "UK Parliamentary General Election - 12 December 2019". The City of Edinburgh Council. The City of Edinburgh Council. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  6. "Edinburgh North & Leith parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. Council, The City of Edinburgh. "UK Parliamentary election results 2015 | The City of Edinburgh Council". www.edinburgh.gov.uk.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. "Edinburgh North & Leith". UK Polling Report. Archived from the original Check |url= value (help) on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  13. "UK Polling Report".
  14. http://votebruce.org
  15. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.