UK Parliamentary Election
Members of Parliament are elected using a First Past The Post System. The UK Parliament currently has a maximum 5 year life span, although the Prime Minister may request that the Queen calls a General Election at any time within the Parliament's lifetime.
At previous UK Parliamentary elections, Highland electors voted to return MP's for the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber, or Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Constituencies, although the boundaries are different to those used for Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Those MP’s elected sit in the Westminster Parliament.
Maps for these areas can be found on the Boundary Commission for Scotland website.
The next General Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020.
Review of Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies Boundaries (2018)
The Boundary Commission for Scotland has published its initial proposals for a new map of UK Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland. Part of its 2018 review, the publication marks the start of a 12 week public consultation on the proposals, running until Wednesday, 11 January 2017.
The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600. In Scotland this means that 59 constituencies will be reduced to 53.
As set out in legislation, each of the remaining 51 constituencies must:
- Not exceed the maximum permitted area of 13,000 square kilometers and
- Be within five per cent of the UK electoral quota of 74,769.2 (that is, to have between 71,031 and 78,507 electors), except where a constituency is larger than 12,000 square kilometers when it may have few fewer than 71,031 electors)
The proposed constituencies for Highland include:
Argyll and Bute, Highland and Moray council areas together to contain four constituencies
Members of the public and interested parties can get further information and submit views on the Commission’s interactive portal.
A public event will held in Inverness on 5 December 2016.
Any revised proposals will be consulted on in autumn 2017.
The Commission will report to the Secretary of State for Scotland in September 2018, so that the new constituencies can be considered for approval by the Parliament and be available for use in the General Election in May 2020.