Aberdeenshire East (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Aberdeenshire East
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament

Aberdeenshire East shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Gillian Martin
Council area Aberdeenshire
Created from Banff and Buchan,

Aberdeenshire East 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 ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region

The other nine constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East and Dundee City West.

The region covers all of the Aberdeen City council area, the Aberdeenshire council area, the Angus council area, the Dundee City council area and part of the Moray council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Aberdeenshire is represented by four constituencies in the Scottish Parliament: Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns and Banffshire and Buchan Coast.

The electoral wards used in the creation of Aberdeenshire East are:

It was created for the 2011 election, mostly replacing Gordon.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

As Gordon

The seat was represented since the 2007 election by Alex Salmond, the First Minister. He was previously MSP for Banff and Buchan from 1999 until resigning in 2001; he also represented the Westminster seat of Banff and Buchan from 1987 until retiring from the UK Parliament in 2010.

Election Member Party
1999 Nora Radcliffe Scottish Liberal Democrats
2007 Alex Salmond Scottish National Party

As Aberdeenshire East

Election Member Party
2011 Alex Salmond Scottish National Party
2016 Gillian Martin

Election results

Scottish Parliament Election 2016: Aberdeenshire East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Gillian Martin 15,912 45.8 -18.7
Conservative Colin Clark 10,075 29.0 +15.1
Liberal Democrats Christine Jardine 6,611 19.0 +5.0
Labour Sarah Flavell 2,155 6.2 -1.4
Majority 5,837 16.8 -33.7
Turnout 34,753 55.3
SNP hold Swing -16.9
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Aberdeenshire East[2][3]

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
SNP Green tickY Alex Salmond 19,533 64.50 +19.83 17,795 58.74
Liberal Democrats Alison McInnes 4,238 13.99 -16.58 3,169 10.46
Conservative Geordie Burnett Stuart 4,211 13.90 -1.88 4,255 13.95
Labour Peter Smyth 2,304 7.61 -0.44 2,209 7.29
Scottish Green   1,374 4.54
Scottish Senior Citizens   407 1.34
UKIP   263 0.87
BNP   235 0.78
Scottish Christian   192 0.63
Independent - John Cox 124 0.41
Socialist Labour   101 0.33
Scottish Socialist   84 0.28
National Front   62 0.20
Independent - David Henderson 28 0.09
Independent - Andrew McBride 12 0.04
Solidarity   12 0.04
Angus Independents Representatives 5 0.02
Informal votes 81 77
Total Valid votes 30,286 30,297
SNP hold Majority 15,295 50.50
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Aberdeenshire East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP 14,372 44.7
Liberal Democrats 9,837 30.6
Conservative 5,076 15.8
Labour 2,591 8.1
Others 298 0.9
Majority 4,535 14.1
SNP hold Swing

See also

Preceded by
Constituency represented by the First Minister
2011 – 2014
Succeeded by
Glasgow Southside


  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/scotland-constituencies/S16000077
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
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