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Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2010

Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2010

Commentary

Table 1 shows that between December 2009 and December 2010:

  • UK Parliamentary electors in Scotland rose by 59,279 (1.5 per cent) to 3,928,979
  • Local Government and Scottish Parliament electors in Scotland rose by 65,942 (1.7 per cent) to 3,985,161

And since 2001:

  • UK Parliamentary electorate in Scotland dropped by just under 1 per cent (37,822)
  • Local Government/Scottish Parliament electorate remained almost constant (a drop of 152 electors)
  • Citizens of the European Union in the electorate for Local Government/Scottish Parliament increased by 38,577 (199 per cent)

Table 2 shows that on 1st December 2010, the largest UK Parliamentary constituency in Scotland was Falkirk with 82,473 people registered to vote and the smallest was Na h-Eileanan an Iar with 21,837 people.

Over the period since UK Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland were last revised for the General Election in 2005, the constituency with the largest increase has been Falkirk with a rise of 6.9 per cent, while the largest decrease has been in Edinburgh East with a reduction of 6.7 per cent.

Since 2003, Glasgow City has seen the largest increase in the Local Government and Scottish Parliament electorate, increasing by 12,465 to 457,517 in 2010 (Table 3). In contrast, the electorate in City of Edinburgh decreased by 2,967 to 332,217 within the same timescale.

The Scottish Parliamentary constituencies have an average electorate of around 54,600 people as at December 2010, ranging from 16,533 people in the Orkney Islands to 65,159 people in Linlithgow, as Table 4 shows.

The region with the largest number of electors to the Scottish Parliament in December 2010 is North East Scotland, with 550,162 people, as shown in Table 5. The region with the smallest electorate is Highlands and Islands with 337,588 people.

Table 6 shows that in December 2010 the electoral ward with the largest number of registrations was the Partick West ward in Glasgow with 25,761 registrations, while the smallest was the North Isles ward in the Orkney Islands with 1,867 electors.

Electoral wards, in their current form, have been in place since 2007.  Since that time, the electoral ward with the biggest increase in number of registrations was the Calton ward in Glasgow where there were 2,357 more electors (15.4 per cent). Conversely, Southside/Newington ward in Edinburgh had a drop of 1,314 electors (just under 6 per cent).

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