Highlands and Islands

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This article is about a Scottish Parliament electoral area. For other uses of Highlands and Islands please see Highlands and Islands area.

The Highlands and Islands is one of the eight electoral areas for the Scottish Parliament through which 7 of the 56 Additional Members System MSPs are elected.

It covers an area including all of the Highland, Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles local authority areas, as well as most of the Argyll and Bute and Moray local authority areas.

It is the largest of the 8 electoral areas in terms of size, but the smallest in terms of population and electorate.

Scottish Parliament Vote, 1999

Political Party Votes Share of Vote (%) % Change List Seats Won
SNP 55,59327.73N/A2
Labour 51,37125.47N/A3
Lib-Dems 43,22621.43N/A0
Conservatives 30,12214.94N/A2
Greens 7,5603.75N/A0
I Noble (Independent) 3,5221.75N/A0
SLP 2,8081.39N/A0
HIA 2,6071.29N/A0
SSP 1,7700.88N/A0
Robbie the Pict (Independent) 1,1510.57N/A0
J Campbell (Independent) 7120.35N/A0
NLP 5360.27N/A0
A Robertson (Independent) 3540.18N/A0

MSPs Elected:

See also:

Scottish Parliament Vote, 2003

Political Party Votes Share of Vote (%) % Change List Seats Won
SNP 39,49723.43-4.302
Labour 37,60522.31-3.162
Liberal Democrats 31,65518.78-2.650
Conservatives 26,98916.01+1.072
Greens 13,9358.27+4.521
SSP 9,0005.34+4.460
UKIP 1,9471.16N/A0
Robbie the Pict (Independent) 1,8221.08+0.510
CP 1,7681.05N/A0
SLP 1,6170.96-0.430
SPA 7930.47N/A0
A Robertson (Independent) 3530.21+0.030
Rural Party 1770.11N/A0

MSPs elected:

See also:


The Highlands and Islands is also a colloquial term used to describe the Scottish highlands along with the islands off their coast.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise, for example, exists to stimulate the economy of the whole Highland and Islands region and to support local companies in the area.

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