Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk

2015 Result:
Conservative: 19817 (36%)
Labour: 2700 (4.9%)
Lib Dem: 10294 (18.7%)
SNP: 20145 (36.6%)
Green: 631 (1.1%)
UKIP: 1316 (2.4%)
Independent: 135 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 328 (0.6%)

Category: Ultra-marginal SNP seat


Main population centres:



Current MP
CALUM KERR (SNP) Born Gala. Educated at Peebles High School. Former consultant. First elected as MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 16555 (34%)
Lab: 5003 (10%)
LDem: 22230 (45%)
SNP: 4497 (9%)
Oth: 729 (1%)
MAJ: 5675 (12%)
Con: 13092 (29%)
Lab: 7206 (16%)
LDem: 18993 (42%)
SNP: 3885 (9%)
Oth: 2212 (5%)
MAJ: 5901 (13%)
Con: 6533 (23%)
Lab: 4498 (16%)
LDem: 14044 (49%)
SNP: 2806 (10%)
Oth: 916 (3%)
MAJ: 7511 (26%)
Con: 8337 (24%)
Lab: 5226 (15%)
LDem: 16243 (47%)
SNP: 3959 (11%)
Oth: 1166 (3%)
MAJ: 7906 (23%)

2015 Candidates
JOHN LAMONT (Conservative) Born 1976. Educated at Kilwinning Academy and Glasgow University. Solicitor. Contested Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk 2005, 2010. Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.
KENRYCK LLOYD JONES (Labour) Educated at Huddersfield University. Public affairs and policy manager.
MICHAEL MOORE (Liberal Democrat) Born 1965, Dundonald. Educated at Jedburgh Grammar School and Edinburgh University. Chartered accountant. MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk 1997 to 2015. Secretary of State for Scotland 2010-2013.
PETER NEILSON (UKIP) Contested Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk 2005, Scottish European election 2009.
PAULINE STEWART (Green) Medical herbalist.
CALUM KERR (SNP) Born Gala. Educated at Peebles High School. Consultant.
JESSE RAE (Independent)
Comments - 573 Responses on “Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk”
  1. Douglas Alexander did indeed seem to be a decent guy and I was sorry to see him defeated.

    Danny Alexander on the other hand did indeed seem to be a complete slime ball and his defeat was one of the few highlights of 2015.

  2. Danny Alexander was a disgrace, the fact Clegg liked him so much illustrated that the LDs judgement wasn’t that brilliant.

  3. I’m still puzzled by the dislike of Danny Alexander. He seemed a genuine guy who didn’t make a lot of headlines, or speak out both sides of his mouth every other week like Vince Cable, but knuckled down and got on with the job.

    His sole crime seems to have been agreeing to a cabinet position with those evil Tories as part of what became known as ‘the quad’. In all the times he’s come up, I don’t recall a sensible evidence-based reason being given.

    Incidentally, IIRC he was one of only 2 LD MPs to increase his number of votes in 2015. As we know, most lost large chunks, especially outside Scotland.

  4. For me he was just an overpromoted nobody, rather than a slime ball. But I suppose he was pretty close to George Osborne, and if you didn’t like Osborne, well…

  5. Polltroll

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head actually. Added to what I said, he had a boss who was not only Tory but was actually a bit of a slimeball.

    Because they had a good working relationship and he didn’t publicly fall out with him or anything, somehow he was a slimeball not a ‘safe pair of hands’. Guilt by association.

    Had Hammond been his boss, he would still have been regarded as a LD traitor by the left, but not as strongly plus the harder right might not have minded him then.

  6. My problem with Alexander was mainly that I felt he represented the worst of the Lib Dems, strategically. Clegg should’ve sacked him early and promoted someone like Swinson: less Tory friendly, female, probably more charismatic.

  7. Danny Alexander did the job he was asked to do as well as he could with as little fuss as he could.

    The voters decided that they didn’t want Lib Dems who did that.

    It’s a little sad, to be honest. We ask politicians to put the country above party and personal ambition, and then kick them if they do it.

  8. Chris

    Your first sentence above sums him up well.

  9. By-election for the Scot Parl seat has been confirmed for the same date as the GE.

  10. Unionist parties with bookies are favorites in these constituencies
    Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine 1/5 (CON)
    Berwickshire Roxburgh Selkirk 1/6 (CON)
    Caithness Sutherland Easter Ross 10/11 (LD)
    Dumfries & Galloway 1/6 CON
    Dumfriesshire Clydesdale Tweeddale 1/6 (CON)
    Dunbartonshire East 4/6 (LD)
    Edinburgh South 6/5 (LAB)
    Edinburgh West 1/2 (LD)
    Fife North East 10/11 (LD)
    Orkney Shetland 2/7 (LD)
    Renfrewshire East 8/13 (CON)
    There are other seats where its very close with the bookies such as Sterling, Ochil & South Perthshire, Perth and North Perthshire etc.

  11. Unsurprisingly Con gain

  12. Given how the night went I assume the Tories have held (or will hold) the Scottish Parliament by-election seat which I gather also took place yesterday? Has that result come in?

  13. Yes, they held it.

  14. Just a passing thought, but given the knife-edge upon which Parliament finds itself, John Lamont’s experience in Holyrood could be an invaluable addition to the whips’ office.

  15. I do wonder if he might find himself, unusually, straight in govt – either as Scottish whip, which will now be needed with 13 members, or junior minister at the Scotland Office.

  16. The Lib Dems have just lost their deposit in a seat they held continuously from 1983 to 2015. That is an incredible downturn in fortunes for the party here.

  17. Really huge majorities of around 10,000 in two Scottish Cons seats.

  18. @POLLTROLL – I think the result in this seat is symbolic of what has happened to the Lib Dems in the last couple of years.

    With the exception of North East Fife, they are so far behind in every other constituency in Scotland. Although the Tories were wiped out in 1997, at least they were in a reasonable position to recover from a base of 15%-17%. The Lib Dems are on a base of 7%-10%

  19. Ahh wolf but that’s where FPTP comes into its own. The votes that the Scottish LDs have retained exist where they need to. They walked away with 3 gains and a very painful near miss. The Scots tories would have sold their granny for that sort of recovery in 2001 or 2005 or 2010 or 2015.

  20. Woof- it pains me to say it but I agree with Robberbutton. The LD’s should be thanking their lucky stars that things weren’t worse in Scotland.

    Generally, I’m fed up of reading on this site that XYZ party has ‘no chance’ in a particular area/ constituency going forward. Surely the recent election alone proves that things can change quickly and that the British public are becoming an increasingly volatile lot. Good for them I say…keeps me interested.

  21. I, for once, agree with Robberbutton. FPTP means you need votes in certain seats.

    That said, the biggest LD problem right now is their low base. They need to get to the point where they’re losing fewer deposits — they didn’t lose a single one in 2010 (the Tories even lost one). They need, if you’ll pardon a cliché, a rising tide to lift all boats.

  22. Until that happens, they have a ceiling of about 20 seats.

  23. Selkirkshire Ward By-election, 22.02.18

    First Prefs –

    Conservative & Unionist 1,247
    Independent 1,040
    SNP 691
    Independent 219
    Labour 134
    Liberal Democrat 95
    Green 70

    Ind elected at Stage 7.

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