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  Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) has 73 constituencies, each electing one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) system of election, and eight additional member regions, each electing seven additional member MSPs.
Until the United Kingdom general election of 2005 the first past the post constituencies were the same as for the House of Commons (United Kingdom Parliament, Westminster) (apart from Orkney and Shetland, which were separate constituencies at Holyrood, but not at Westminster).
Newer Westminster constituencies also straddle council area boundaries but, in Westminster representation, there is a clear sense of council areas being grouped into larger areas: the East Ayrshire council area, North Ayrshire council area and South Ayrshire council area, for example, are treated as a single Ayrshire area.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_Parliamentary_constituencies_in_Scotland   (394 words)

  
 Scottish Parliament Encyclopedia Articles @ NaturalResearch.com (Natural Research)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The modern Scottish Parliament was created to deal with matters that have been devolved to it by the UK Parliament.
The Parliament was temporarily relocated to the former Strathclyde Regional Council debating chamber in Glasgow in May 2000, and to the University of Aberdeen in May 2002.
Popular arguments against the parliament before the UK general election of 1997, levelled mainly by the Conservative and Unionist Party, were that the Parliament would create a "slippery slope" to Scottish independence, and provide the pro-independence Scottish National Party with a route to power.
www.naturalresearch.com /encyclopedia/Scottish_Parliament   (1518 words)

  
 Scottish Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The first Scottish Parliament arose during the thirteenth century and its first meeting (referred as a colloquium) was at Kirkliston in 1235 in the reign of Alexander II It functioned until the Act of Union merged the Parliaments of Scotland and England in 1707.
The Scottish Parliament evolved during the middle from the king’s council of bishops and It is perhaps first identifiable as a in 1235 described as a ‘colloquium’ and with a political and judicial role.
At the first meeting of the Parliament three years later Winnie Ewing sitting by virtue of being the MSP at the time (May 1999) declared the Scottish Parliament which had been adjourned 1707 was now in session thus explicitly a connection with the previous body.
www.freeglossary.com /Scottish_Parliament   (2457 words)

  
 Articles - Scottish Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Scottish Parliament (´´Pàrlamaid na h-Alba´´ in Gaelic, ´´Scots Pairlament´´ in Scots) is the national unicameral legislature of Scotland.
Parliament was reconstituted as a body that deals with matters that have been devolved to it by the UK Parliament.
At the first meeting of the parliament on 12 May 1999, Winnie Ewing (the Mother of Parliament or "Oldest Qualified Member" as she was described in the Official Report of debates) declared that the "Scottish Parliament which adjourned on 25 March 1707, is hereby reconvened".
www.zdiamond.net /articles/Scottish_Parliament   (1751 words)

  
 Ask Us A Question   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
As one of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, the head of state in Scotland is the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II (since 1952).
The Scottish Parliament is a unicameral legislature comprised of 129 Members, 73 of whom represent individual constituencies and are elected on a first past the post system; 56 are elected in eight different electoral regions by the additional member system.
The Scottish Reformation, initiated in 1560 and led by John Knox, was Calvinist, and throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the Church of Scotland maintained this theology and kept a tight control over the morality of much of the population.
www.avoo.com /wiki/Scotland   (6746 words)

  
 Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1800 the Irish Parliament passed the Act of Union which, in 1801, merged the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
By the early 2000's, it had become one of the richest countries (in terms of GDP per capita) in the European Union, moving from being a net recipient of the budget to becoming a net contributor during the next Budget round (2007-13), and from a country of net emigration to one of net immigration.
There are several smaller regional airports in the Republic (Galway Airport, Kerry Airport, Knock International Airport, Sligo Airport, Waterford Airport) that mostly limit their services to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ireland   (6261 words)

  
 Caithness CWS - Links - Scottish Government
Having the same constituencies for the Scottish Parliament and Westminster is desirable but not essential and should not drive change to the electoral system for the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish Parliament regions should be revised to reflect natural local communities and identity and should be built on local authority areas.
The code of conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament should be revised to provide a clear and positive role for both constituency and regional members to enhance representation for constituents and improve scrutiny of local and national services.
www.caithness.org /links/scottishgovernment.htm   (1640 words)

  
 United Kingdom - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
It is composed of four constituent parts: three constituent countries—England, Scotland, and Wales—on the island of Great Britain, and the province of Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland.
Parliament is the national legislature of the United Kingdom.
In 1999, the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales were established, the former having primary legislative power.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/u/n/i/United_Kingdom_5ad7.html   (3680 words)

  
 House of Lords - Explanatory Note
The Scotland Act 1998 provides for the constituencies of the Scottish Parliament to be the same as those for the United Kingdom Parliament, except that Orkney and Shetland are separate constituencies.
This in turn would result in a reduction in the number of Scottish Parliament constituencies and, because of the requirement in the Scotland Act for proportionality between constituency and regional seats, a pro rata reduction in the number of regional members.
These rules define how the electorate is to be established for each constituency and region and require the electorates to be similar respectively in each of the constituencies and regions, with the proviso that regard must be had to local authority boundaries, and geography and local ties may be taken into consideration.
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/ld200304/ldbills/068/en/04068x--.htm   (1583 words)

  
 Mark Lazarowicz: Edinburgh North & Leith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
It is worth looking at the history because it reminds us that the experience of the Scottish Parliament has not led to a majority of the public moving away from support for some form of proportionality in it.
The Scottish Parliament and the political arena around it are well established and as greatly respected as any other political institution in the UK, including this Parliament.
By establishing a Scottish Parliament, it was hoped that the case for devolution in the UK would be strengthened and the case for separatism would be weakened.
www.marklazarowicz.org.uk /parliament/speeches2004/5.4.htm   (1662 words)

  
 [Sir Alan Haselhurst in the Chair...: 4 May 2004: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com)
The Scottish Parliament is now discussing the STV system, and talking about halving the number of councillors in Scotland.
I remember going to the Scottish executive committee of the Labour party to hear the Prime Minister when he came to put his case—I was on the Scottish executive committee then.
I commend the amendment and the new clause to the Committee.
www.theyworkforyou.com /debates/?id=2004-05-04.1225.2   (7452 words)

  
 BBC News | Parties and Issues | Scottish Liberal Democrat Party
Education is at the centre of the party's policy programme for the Scottish Parliament with a promise to increase spending by a half a billion pounds over three years.
Scottish Liberal Democrats say they have campaigned for a Scottish Parliament longer than any other party and do no want to see a repeat of the bitter Westminster battles at Holyrood.
The party says the new parliament should be properly represented in United Kingdom delegations to the European Council of Ministers and be fully involved in the European Committee of the Regions.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/low/events/scotland_99/parties_and_issues/313571.stm   (545 words)

  
 Electoral Reform Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
However, we would urge the Scottish Parliament and Executive not to delay the local government elections for too long, and to ensure that the electorate are made fully aware of how to vote and the opportunities involved in STV.
We agree with their argument that the function of the regional and constituency votes needs to be more clearly explained at the point of voting and that the New Zealand ballot paper design would be an improvement on the current arrangements.
We also note that the original Scottish Parliament regions were assembled from the now redundant FPTP European Parliament constituencies and lack strong identities of their own.
www.electoral-reform.org.uk /publications/briefings/arbuthnott.htm   (2876 words)

  
 Whitep   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Government propose that the Scottish Parliament should be able to invite the submission of reports and the presentation of oral evidence before its committees from bodies operating in reserved areas in relation to their activities in or affecting Scotland.
It will be for the Scottish Parliament and its Executive to determine the details of their relationships with local authorities and funding and taxation arrangements for local government in the light of developments between now and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, and the recommendations of the independent committee.
As the Scottish Parliament will be fully operational from the financial year 2000-01 onwards, the appropriate arrangements would have to be jointly discussed by the Scottish Executive and the UK Government as and when such circumstances arose.
www.dai.ed.ac.uk /homes/ktd/Whitep.html   (14565 words)

  
 The Electoral Commission : Your area : Scotland : Reports
The second Scottish Parliament of modern times was elected on 1 May 2003. This is our statutory report on these elections.  At the request of the Scottish Executive, in this report we also consider the elections to Scottish local government that were held on the same day.
In conjunction with the Scottish Executive we commissioned ICM to investigate the attitudes of Scottish electors to the Scottish Parliament and local government elections on 1 May 2003.  This report presents the findings of a series of eight focus groups.
Scottish Executive funded the Institute of Governance, University of Edinburgh to conduct an analysis of media coverage of the Council elections in the weeks leading up to polling day.
www.electoralcommission.org.uk /your-area/scotreport2003.cfm   (402 words)

  
 Liberal Democrats : Bill
The purpose of the Act is to remove the present link between the constituencies for the Scottish Parliament and those for the House of Commons.
It provides that the existing constituencies are to be retained for the Scottish Parliament notwithstanding any changes to these for the purposes of United Kingdom parliamentary elections.
This means that, although the number of Scottish MPs in the Westminster Parliament is likely to fall from 72 to 59 in a boundary review currently taking place, the number of Scottish Parliament constituencies can remain the same.
www.libdems.org.uk /parliament/scottish-parliament-constituencies-act-2004.html   (228 words)

  
 CNN.com - World - Election Watch
British Parliament: The United Kingdom's bicameral parliament is composed of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly: The May 6, 1999, polls elected members to the newly-formed and separate Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.
The May 1999 elections were the result of referendums held in Scotland and Wales in September 1997; 74.3% of Scottish electors and 50.3% of Welsh electors voted in favor of the establishment of their respective parliaments.
edition.cnn.com /WORLD/election.watch/europe/scotland.wales.html   (204 words)

  
 Scottish Parliament maps   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The constituency map shows which constituency was won by each party in the first vote.
The regional map shows which party polled the most votes in each constituency in the regional list vote.
As there are 73 constituencies, but only 56 regional seats, the result is not strictly proportional.
www.alba.org.uk /maps/scottishmaps.html   (180 words)

  
 Scotland Office - Our communications - Press Releases
The Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill would keep the composition of the Parliament at 129 MSPs by removing the link in the Scotland Act which makes the constituencies for the Scottish Parliament the same as those for the House of Commons.
The Scotland Act 1998 provided that the constituencies for the Scottish Parliament were to be the same as those for Westminster.
It also provided for a reduction in the number of Westminster constituencies at the next review of their boundaries, through requiring the same (larger) electoral quota as in England to be used in calculating the number of constituencies.
www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk /our-communications/release.php?id=3415   (421 words)

  
 Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill — [Sir Alan Haselhurst in the Chair] — Clause 1 — ...
Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill — [Sir Alan Haselhurst in the Chair] — Clause 1 — Constituencies and Regions — 4 May 2004 at 17:30 — Commons Division No. 157 — The Public Whip
Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill — [Sir Alan Haselhurst in the Chair] — Clause 1 — Constituencies and Regions — 4 May 2004 at 17:30 — Commons Division No. 157
Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill — Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998
www.publicwhip.org.uk /division.php?date=2004-05-04&number=157&mpn=Dennis_Skinner&mpc=Bolsover   (323 words)

  
 The Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003
Any constituency comprising the whole or part of the city in which the Lord-Lieutenant holds office or for which the Lieutenant is appointed.
Any region comprising the whole or part of the city in which the Lord Lieutenant holds office or for which the Lieutenant is appointed.
Part I of the Schedule specifies the office holders who are disqualified from being a member of the Parliament and Part II of the Schedule specifies the office holders who are disqualified from being a member of the Parliament but only for particular constituencies or regions.
www.opsi.gov.uk /si/si2003/20030409.htm   (3982 words)

  
 Aspect: Access to Scottish Parliamentary Election Candidate Materials
The first Scottish parliamentary proceedings of the industrial age had begun at 9:30 the same day, but these historic words could not be spoken until all 129 members had been sworn in and the Parliament really had been convened.
Confused electors were faced with casting three votes (local, constituency and region), and confused digitisers were faced with identifying and capturing two of these three (constituency and region).
The Scottish Executive is keen to encourage greater interest in elections at all levels, and the broader issue of citizenship is one of a number of current priorities for the Scottish school curriculum.
cdlr.strath.ac.uk /pubs/dawsona/ad200202.htm   (1924 words)

  
 Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004
Acts of Parliament printed from this website are printed under the superintendence and authority of the Controller of HMSO being the Queen's Printer of Acts of Parliament.
It may be reproduced free of charge provided that it is reproduced accurately and that the source and copyright status of the material is made evident to users.
It should be noted that the right to reproduce the text of Acts of Parliament does not extend to the Queen's Printer imprints which should be removed from any copies of the Act which are issued or made available to the public.
www.opsi.gov.uk /acts/acts2004/20040013.htm   (313 words)

  
 CNN.com - World News: Election Watch
Assembly: The Scottish parliament consists of 129 seats with 73 of its members representing the constituencies and 56 seats representing the regions (there are 8 regions in Scotland, each with 7 representatives
Voters cast two votes, one for their constituencies, and one for their regions.
The Welsh Assembly was created under the Government of Wales Act 1998, after the region held a referendum asking voters to approve of a legislative body to govern Wales.
cnnstudentnews.cnn.com /WORLD/election.watch/europe/wales2.html   (190 words)

  
 English regions to have a voice at Westminster
ENGLISH regions are to regain their own voice at Westminster as part of Government efforts to head off a potential backlash over the setting up of the new Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
Although ministers denied that the proposed Committee of the English Regions was an embryo English Parliament, it is intended to address a growing feeling that England is losing out as a result of devolution.
William Hague, the Conservative leader, intends to propose that Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on English legislation after the Edinburgh Parliament is set up in July.
www.telegraph.co.uk /htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1999/01/15/nreg15.html   (458 words)

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