Orkney (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Orkney
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Orkney (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Orkney shown within the Highlands and Islands electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Liam McArthur
Council area Orkney Islands
Party Liberal Democrats

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.

The former Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace represented the constituency from 1999 to 2007.

Electoral region

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.1

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat
2003
2007 Liam McArthur
2011

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur 2,912 35.7 -11.8
Independent James Stockan 2,052 25.2 N/A
SNP Donna Heddle 2,044 25.1 +6.2
Conservative Jamie Halcro-Johnson 686 8.4 -10.4
Labour William Sharkey 458 5.6 -7.5
Majority 860 10.5
Turnout 8,152 49.3 -501
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur 4,113 47.5 +1.8
SNP John Mowat 1,637 18.9 +5.7
Conservative Helen Gardiner 1,632 18.9 -4.9
Labour Iain MacDonald 1,134 13.1 +7.2
Independent Barrie Johnson 137 1.6 +1.6
Majority 2,476 28.6
Turnout 8,653 53.4 +1.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election 2003: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jim Wallace 3,659 45.71 -21.68
Conservative Christopher Zawadski 1,904 23.79 + 8.19
SNP John Mowat 1,056 13.19 + 2.91
Scottish Socialist John Aberdein 914 11.42 +11.42
Labour Richard Meade 471 5.88 -0.85
Majority 1,755 21.9 -29.86
Turnout 8,004 51.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election 1999: Orkney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jim Wallace 6,010 67.4 N/A
Conservative Christopher Zawadski 1,391 15.6 N/A
SNP John Mowat 917 10.3 N/A
Labour Angus Macleod 600 6.7 N/A
Majority 4,619 51.8 N/A
Turnout 8,918 57.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Preceded by
None
Constituency represented by the Deputy First Minister
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Aberdeen South

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