When is a Lothians List MSP not a Lothians List MSP? When her constituency is pulled out of the region in question and pushed into Central.
Poor Fiona Hyslop, not only does she have to suffer being chosen as the supposed weak link in the Scottish Cabinet but now the rug has been pulled from under her by the boundary changes.
It seems Fiona's only hopes of getting back into Holyrood in 2011 rests on winning the constituency of Linlithgow in the next election which, to be fair, is eminently possible as Mary Mulligan isn't exactly setting the heather alight for Labour and Fiona only lost out by 1,000 votes last time. I always thought the birthplace of Alex Salmond and Mary Queen of Scots should be ripe territory for the SNP anyway.
To be honest though, the boundary commissions are beyond me most of the time. I find it all terribly confusing and just wish they would just leave things be for a decade or two. It would certainly make predicting things a lot easier.
I did hear that Edinburgh Central is going to be more solid Labour territory, expanding West and East. What that means for the SNP candidate and Lothians MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville I am not so sure. Well, I have a rough idea but it would involve finding a new Edinburgh constituency and I can't imagine that going down too well
There are many blogs I wish were still going at the best of times but for boundary questions, for me it was always Adam Smith was a Socialist that had a strong handle on these things. Maybe he'll come back for a one-off or guest post once it becomes clear what constituencies are a-changing.
"Naebody's nails can reach the length o' Lunnon..."
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