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Lothians (European Parliament constituency)

European Parliament constituency
Member state United Kingdom
Created 1979
Dissolved 1999
MEPs 1

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

The constituency of Lothians was one of them.

When it was created in Scotland in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh East, Edinburgh Leith, Edinburgh North, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh West, Midlothian, West Lothian,[1] although this may not have been true for the whole of its existence.

Members of the European Parliament

Elected Member Party
1979 Ian Dalziel Conservative
1984 David Martin Labour

Election results

European elections 1994: Lothians[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Martin 90,531 44.9 +3.6
SNP Keith Brown 53,324 26.5 +6.1
Conservative P. McNally 33,526 16.6 –7.0
Liberal Democrat H.C. Campbell 17,883 8.9 +4.7
Scottish Green Robin Harper 5,149 2.6 –7.9
Socialist (GB) J. McGregor 637 0.3 N/A
Natural Law M. Siebert 500 0.2 N/A
Majority 37,207 18.4 +0.7
Turnout 201,550 38.7 –3.3
Labour hold Swing –1.3
European elections 1989: Lothians[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Martin 90,840 41.3 +0.9
Conservative C.M. Blight 52,014 23.6 –2.9
SNP J. Smith 44,935 20.4 +8.4
Green Robin Harper 22,983 10.5 +9.1
Social and Liberal Democrats K. Leadbetter 9,222 4.2 N/A
Majority 38,826 17.7 +3.8
Turnout 219,994 42.0 +6.7
Labour hold Swing +1.9
European elections 1984: Lothians[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Martin 74,989 40.4 +7.8
Conservative I.J. Henderson 49,065 26.5 –9.1
Social Democratic Dickson Mabon 36,636 19.7 N/A
SNP D.J.D. Stevenson 22,331 12.0 –4.0
Ecology L.M. Hendry 2,560 1.4 N/A
Majority 25,924 13.9 +10.9
Turnout 185,581 35.3 +0.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +8.5
European elections 1979: Lothians[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Dalziel 66,761 35.6
Labour A.A. Mackie 61,180 32.6
SNP D.J.D. Stevenson 29,935 16.0
Liberal R.L. Smith 29,518 15.8
Majority 5,581 3.0
Turnout 187,394 34.9
Conservative win (new seat)


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External links

  • David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results
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