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Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch 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. In 2011 it replaced most of the constituency of Ross, Skye and Inverness West with Inverness being moved into a new seat called Inverness and Nairn.

Electoral region

The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency 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, Orkney and Shetland.

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 Highland (council area) is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies. These are: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross; Inverness and Nairn and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

The electoral wards used in the newly created constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch are;

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrat
2003
2007
2011 David Thompson SNP

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP David Thompson 14,737 46.2 +14.6
Liberal Democrats Alan MacRae 9,742 30.5 -11.3
Labour Linda Stewart 4,112 12.9 -1.4
Conservative Kerensa Carr 2,834 8.9 -2.8
Independent Ronnie Campbell 490 1.5 +1.5
Majority 4,995 15.7
Turnout 31,915 55.6
SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The Independent gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost his deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 11,318 41.8
SNP 8,534 31.6
Labour 3,857 14.3
Conservative 3,170 11.7
Others 170 0.6
Majority 2,784 10.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Farquhar Munro 13,501 42.6 -0.5
SNP David Thompson 10,015 31.6 +12.1
Labour Maureen Macmillan 4,789 15.1 -3.8
Conservative John Hodgson 3,122 9.8 -3.2
Scottish Enterprise Iain Brodie of Falsyde 292 0.9 +0.9
Majority 3,486 11.0 -12.6
Turnout 31,719 53.6 +1.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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