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

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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
2010
Con: 16555 (34%)
Lab: 5003 (10%)
LDem: 22230 (45%)
SNP: 4497 (9%)
Oth: 729 (1%)
MAJ: 5675 (12%)
2005
Con: 13092 (29%)
Lab: 7206 (16%)
LDem: 18993 (42%)
SNP: 3885 (9%)
Oth: 2212 (5%)
MAJ: 5901 (13%)
2001*
Con: 6533 (23%)
Lab: 4498 (16%)
LDem: 14044 (49%)
SNP: 2806 (10%)
Oth: 916 (3%)
MAJ: 7511 (26%)
1997
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)
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Comments - 562 Responses on “Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk”
  1. 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?

  2. Yes, they held it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. @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%

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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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