East Lothian

2015 Result:
Conservative: 11511 (19.5%)
Labour: 18301 (31%)
Lib Dem: 1517 (2.6%)
SNP: 25104 (42.5%)
Green: 1245 (2.1%)
UKIP: 1178 (2%)
Independent: 158 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 6803 (11.5%)

Category: Semi-marginal SNP seat

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Current MP
GEORGE KEREVAN (SNP) Born 1949, Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow University. Former journalist and producer. Edinburgh councillor 1984-1996 for the Labour party. Contested Edinburgh East 2010. First elected as MP for East Lothian in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 9661 (20%)
Lab: 21919 (45%)
LDem: 8288 (17%)
SNP: 7883 (16%)
Oth: 1410 (3%)
MAJ: 12258 (25%)
2005
Con: 7315 (16%)
Lab: 18983 (41%)
LDem: 11363 (25%)
SNP: 5995 (13%)
Oth: 2120 (5%)
MAJ: 7620 (17%)
2001*
Con: 6577 (18%)
Lab: 17407 (47%)
LDem: 6506 (18%)
SNP: 5381 (15%)
Oth: 1000 (3%)
MAJ: 10830 (29%)
1997
Con: 8660 (20%)
Lab: 22881 (53%)
LDem: 4575 (11%)
SNP: 6825 (16%)
Oth: 491 (1%)
MAJ: 14221 (33%)

2015 Candidates
DAVID ROACH (Conservative) Communications consultant.
FIONA O`DONNELL (Labour) Born 1960, Canada. Educated at Lochaber High School and Glasgow University. MP for East Lothian 2010 to 2015.
ETTIE SPENCER (Liberal Democrat)
OLUF MARSHALL (UKIP)
JASON ROSE (Green) Born Tranent. Head of Media for the Scottish Green party, former radio journalist.
GEORGE KEREVAN (SNP) Born 1949, Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow University. Journalist and producer. Edinburgh councillor 1984-1996 for the Labour party. Contested Edinburgh East 2010.
MIKE ALLAN (Independent)
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Comments - 111 Responses on “East Lothian”
  1. Why is there sometimes all this oooing and ahhing about /amongst left wing politicians. Further up.
    On a more serious point, I do enjoy seeing SNP polticians lose seats to Tories (and they seem very sour losers), but the Tories probably are helped by a credible SNP threat to do well in Scotland.

  2. undoubtedly helped.

  3. Oooing & ahhing is only used about Eric Cantona. Though he is quite left-wing.

  4. I hadn’t remembered my letter to the Guardian. Thanks for reminding me. I can’t really argue with H.Hemmelig’s implicit description of me as ageing, though at 57 I don’t qualify for my free bus & tube pass just yet.

  5. Did your son get married in the end?

  6. he’s still engaged. They will probably marry next year or the year after.

  7. I hadnt heard of corbyn in 2013 tbh

  8. The Tory councillor in Haddington and Lammermuir ward Brian Small resigned here after he fell out with his group colleagues.

    There will be a by election here which Labour will most likely ‘gain’ as they won the most votes in the ward in the May 2017 locals.

    2017 result (2 Lab 1 Con 1 SNP)

    Lab 33.7
    Con 29.0
    SNP 26.1
    LD 7.3
    Grn 3.9

  9. Haddington and Lammermuir by election 9 May

    Con 2212 [35.0%; +6.0%]
    SNP 1866 [29.5%; +3.5%]
    Lab 1359 [21.5%; -12.2%]
    LD [12.2%; +5.0%]
    UKIP 108 [1.7%; +1.7%]

    Turnout 44% (-12)

    Con Hold

    Awful result for Scottish Labour, probably a combination of their current increasingly weak position in Scotland and also certain local issues.

  10. With recent poll movement in Scotland favouring Cons, and with the trend now for the Unionist vote to coalesce around one party in a given seat, I think this is a likely Con gain.

    Though Midlothian has similar dynamics to this seat, that could be a stretch too far for Cons as they are a bit further behind both the other parties and tactical voting might favour Lab there.

  11. So, in 2017 the Scottish Tories got back more or less to where they were under Thatcher. East Lothian, a seat the Tories have never held, is a totally different kettle of fish to the Aberdeenshire and Borders seats.

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