Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (UK Parliament constituency)

Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1997-2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of ScotlandHighland
Number of membersOne
Replaced byInverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey and Ross, Skye & Lochaber
Created fromInverness, Nairn & Lochaber

There was also an Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber constituency of the Scottish Parliament, which was created with the same boundaries in 1999.


The constituency was created as one of three to cover the Highland council area. The other two were Ross, Skye and Inverness West and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

The Highland area had become a unitary council area in 1996, under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994, and new constituency boundaries divided the areas of some of the former districts of the Highland region. The Highland area had been covered, previously, by the three constituencies of Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber, Ross, Cromarty and Skye and Caithness and Sutherland.

In 2005, constituency boundaries were redrawn again, and the Highland area was divided between three new constituencies (of which one carried forward the name of an older constituency): Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

Members of Parliament

Throughout its relatively short existence, the constituency was represented by a single MP, David Stewart of the Labour Party.[1]

Election results

Inverness election history

Election Results of the 2000s

General election 2001: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Stewart 15,605 36.8 +2.9
SNP Angus Brendan MacNeil 10,889 25.6 −3.4
Liberal Democrats Patsy Kenton 9,420 22.2 +4.7
Conservative Richard Jenkins 5,653 13.3 −4.2
Scottish Socialist Steve Arnott 894 2.0 New
Majority 4,716 11.2 +6.3
Turnout 42,461 63.9 −8.2
Labour hold Swing +3.2

Election Results of the 1990s

General election 1997: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Stewart 16,187 33.9 +10.7
SNP Fergus Ewing 13,848 29.0 +3.9
Liberal Democrats Stephen Gallagher 8,364 17.5 -9.2
Conservative Mary Scanlon 8,355 17.5 -6.0
Referendum Winnona Wall 436 0.9 New
Green Murray Falconer 354 0.7 New
Independent Daniel Hart 224 0.5 New
Majority 2,339 4.9 +3.3
Turnout 47,768 72.1 -1.5
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1992: Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (Notional)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 26.7 N/A
SNP 25.1 N/A
Conservative 23.5 N/A
Labour 23.2 N/A
Others 1.5 N/A