Aberdeen South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Aberdeen South
Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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Aberdeen South shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Council areaAberdeen City (part)
Replaced byAberdeen Central,
Aberdeen South & North Kincardine

Aberdeen South was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it was one of nine constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elected seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Aberdeen South was expanded into Aberdeenshire for the newly created constituency of Aberdeen South and North Kincardine

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the North East Scotland region were Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen North, Angus, Banff and Buchan, Dundee East, Dundee West, Gordon and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

The region covers the Aberdeenshire council area, the Aberdeen City council area, the Dundee City council area, part of the Angus council area, a small part of the Moray council area and a small part of the Perth and Kinross council area.

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Aberdeen South constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, the boundaries of the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency were subject to some alteration.

Council area[edit]

The Holyrood constituency was within the Aberdeen City council area, which was divided between three North East Scotland constituencies: Aberdeen South, Aberdeen Central and Aberdeen North. All three are entirely within the city area.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland has created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area. These seats, which were formed in time for the elections in 2011, were Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Nicol Stephen Scottish Liberal Democrats
2011 constituency abolished: replaced by Aberdeen South and North Kincardine

Election results[edit]

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeen South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen 10,843 36.3 -9.6
SNP Maureen Watt 8,111 27.1 +12.8
Labour Rami Okasha 5,499 18.4 -0.9
Conservative David Davidson 5,432 18.2 +0.8
Majority 2,731 9.2 -17.4
Turnout 29,885 52.7 +0.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -11.2
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeen South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen 13,821 45.9 +13.3
Labour Richard Baker 5,805 19.3 -8.2
Conservative Ian Duncan 5,230 17.4 -2.8
SNP Maureen Watt 4,315 14.3 -4.8
Scottish Socialist Keith Farnsworth 953 3.2 N/A
Majority 8,016 26.6 +21.5
Turnout 30,124 51.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +10.8
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Aberdeen South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen 11,300 32.6 N/A
Labour Mike Elrick 9,540 27.5 N/A
Conservative Nanette Milne 6,993 20.2 N/A
SNP Irene McGugan 6,651 19.2 N/A
Socialist Workers Scott Sutherland 206 0.6 N/A
Majority 1,760 5.1 N/A
Turnout 28,690
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Preceded by
Constituency represented by the
Deputy First Minister of Scotland

Succeeded by
Glasgow Govan