Second Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries

Our Second Review of the constituencies and regions of the Scottish Parliament commenced on 1 September 2022.

The review is required under the terms of the Scotland Act 1998 and will recommend constituencies, and regions, of similar electorate size while also taking account of local authority areas, special geographical circumstances, maintenance of local ties and any inconveniences caused by the alteration of the existing boundaries.

The review of constituencies will cover the 70 mainland constituencies. The constituencies of Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands are protected in legislation and so excluded from this review. The review of the regions will, however, encompass all 73 constituencies at the Scottish Parliament. The overall number of MSPs (129) is fixed in legislation and will not change as a result of this review.

The First Review reported in 2010 and the current boundaries have been used in the Scottish Parliament elections of 2011, 2016 and 2021.

In terms of Schedule 1, paragraph 7(2) of the Scotland Act 1998, Boundaries Scotland gives notice that the one month consultation on our provisional proposals for Scottish Parliament constituencies opened on 17 May and will close on 17 June 2023. During that one month period, representations may be made to us on our consultation site or by email or letter. The effect of the proposals is set out on our website and the consultation site where maps detailing the changes can be viewed.  A copy of the proposals is available for inspection at display point listed in the spreadsheet below.

We may consult on revised proposals for constituencies in late 2023 or in 2024. We will consult on our proposals for the boundaries of Scottish Parliament regions in 2024. 

We will submit a report to Scottish Ministers by 1 May 2025. If subsequently approved by the Scottish Parliament, the new boundaries will be effective at the next Scottish Parliament election, expected in May 2026.

Supporting and background information

Start of Second Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries News Release

Electorate - Existing Constituency/ Region, Council Area, Ward

Scottish Parliament - Guide to Second Review

All Scotland Existing Scottish Parliament Constituencies

Provisional Proposals - Constituencies (consultation 17 May - 17 June 2023)

Provisional Proposals Booklet

Constituency - Provisional Proposals Electorate

All Scotland Provisional Proposals Constituencies

Provisional Proposals - GIS Data

Second Review - Constituency Provisional Proposals - Display Points

Provisional Proposals Constituency Maps

Aberdeen CentralAberdeen DonsideAberdeen South and North KincardineAberdeenshire EastAberdeenshire WestAirdrie, Newmains and ShottsAngus North and MearnsAngus SouthArgyll and ButeAyr Banff and Buchan CoastBathgate and Almond ValleyBearsden, Milngavie and Clydebank NorthBellshill and CoatbridgeCaithness, Sutherland and RossCarrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleyClackmannanshire and DunblaneClyde Valley and TweeddaleCowdenbeathCumbernauld and ChrystonCunninghame NorthCunninghame SouthDumbarton and HelensburghDumfriesshire Dundee City EastDundee City WestDunfermlineEast KilbrideEast LothianEdinburgh CentralEdinburgh EasternEdinburgh Forth and LinlithgowEdinburgh Northern and LeithEdinburgh PentlandsEdinburgh SouthernEdinburgh WesternEttrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire |  Falkirk EastFalkirk WestFife North EastGalloway and West DumfriesGlasgow AnnieslandGlasgow Cardonald and PollokGlasgow Central and GovanGlasgow Kelvin and MaryhillGlasgow Priesthill and GiffnockGlasgow Shettleston and BailliestonGlasgow Southside and CathcartGlasgow Springburn and ProvanHamilton and UddingstonInverclyde Inverness and NairnKilmarnock and Irvine ValleyKirkcaldy Kirkintilloch and KilsythLarkhall and ClydesdaleLivingston Mid Fife and GlenrothesMidlothian North and MusselburghMidlothian SouthMoray | Motherwell | Paisley and RenfrewPerthshire NorthPerthshire South and Kinross-shireRenfrewshire SouthRenfrewshire WestRutherglen | Skye, Lochaber and BadenochStirling