Orkney (Scottish Parliament constituency)
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.
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Orkney Islands|
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.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Jim Wallace||Liberal Democrat|
|Liberal Democrats||Liam McArthur||7,096||67.4||+31.7|
|Conservative||Jamie Halcro Johnston||435||4.1||-4.3|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+16.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Liam McArthur||2,912||35.7||-11.8|
|Conservative||Jamie Halcro Johnston||686||8.4||-10.5|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-9.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Liam McArthur||4,113||47.5||+1.8|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+3.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Jim Wallace||3,659||45.7||-21.7|
|SNP||John Mowat||1,056||13.2||+ 2.9|
|Scottish Socialist||John Aberdein||914||11.42||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-15.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jim Wallace||6,010||67.4|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
| Constituency represented by the
Deputy First Minister of Scotland