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


Main population centres:



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
Con: 9661 (20%)
Lab: 21919 (45%)
LDem: 8288 (17%)
SNP: 7883 (16%)
Oth: 1410 (3%)
MAJ: 12258 (25%)
Con: 7315 (16%)
Lab: 18983 (41%)
LDem: 11363 (25%)
SNP: 5995 (13%)
Oth: 2120 (5%)
MAJ: 7620 (17%)
Con: 6577 (18%)
Lab: 17407 (47%)
LDem: 6506 (18%)
SNP: 5381 (15%)
Oth: 1000 (3%)
MAJ: 10830 (29%)
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)
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)
Comments - 112 Responses on “East Lothian”
  1. Oooing & ahhing is only used about Eric Cantona. Though he is quite left-wing.

  2. 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.

  3. Did your son get married in the end?

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

  5. I hadnt heard of corbyn in 2013 tbh

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. The new SNP MP has said the chances of a 2nd Scottish Ref are virtually nil in this Parliament.

  11. The MP has defected from the SNP to the Alba Party, as has former Ayr MP Corrie Wilson.

    Apparently there are more to come, but I’d expect mainly cllrs – although wouldn’t surprise me if the Western Isles MP joined Salmond too. Must be the only seat where the majority of the electorate knew what the name of the Party meant!

  12. The SNP are demanding a by-election here. I doubt that will happen but if it did, I suspect that Labour would be likely to win it, given that there is already a unionist majority in the seat and the nationalist vote would be unusually split.

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