General Election 2019: how high was turnout in Edinburgh and the Lothians?

Turnout was up in Edinburgh and Scotland this general election – as was the popular vote for the SNP.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 10:25 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:46 am

Boris Johnson emerged this morning as the UK's Prime Minister after the Conservative Party claimed a bruising majority, while the SNP claimed 48 of the 59 seats available in Scotland. In Edinburgh and the Lothians, the SNP claimed seven of the nine possible seats.

Two-thirds of the UK electorate - 47,587,254 in total - cast their vote at the 2019 General Election, down slightly on the 2017 election.

With one seat still to declare the turnout stands at 67.3 %, approximately 1.5% less than the previous election.

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Edinburgh and Scotland's turnout increased significantly this election (Getty Images)

Overall turnout was up in Scotland, however, as was the the SNP’s share of the popular vote.

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Turnout was up in all nine constituencies in Edinburgh and the Lothians, with Edinburgh West seeing a 75.2% turnout.

Edinburgh East saw the biggest change in turnout from the previous election with a 2.8% increase in turnout compared to the 201 General Election.

Edinburgh South

Turnout: 75.1%

Change: +1%

Edinburgh South-west

Turnout: 70.9%

Change: +1.5%

Edinburgh West

Turnout: 75.2%

Change: +1.4%

Edinburgh North and Leith

Turnout: 73%

Change: +1.8%

Edinburgh East

Turnout: 68.9%

Change: +2.8%

East Lothian

Turnout: 71.7%

Change: +1.1%

Midlothian

Turnout: 68.4%

Change: +2.1%

Linlithgow and East Falkirk:

Turnout: 66.4%

Change: +1.3%

Livingston

Turnout: 66.3%

Change: +1.7%

Winning the popular vote

The Scottish National Party (SNP) saw a dramatic growth in their popular vote increasing from 977,569 to 1,242,380.

Swathes of traditional Labour supporters appear to have swapped their loyalties for the Conservatives, with 13,905,520 voters in total casting their vote in favour of Johnson's party - up from 13,636,684 in 2017.

This dwarfed Labour's total of 10,282,632, dropping from 12,878,460 in 2017.

Despite losing a seat the Liberal Democrats saw an increase in votes across the board winning 3,662,297 of the popular vote, up from 2,371,910.

How did turnout vary by country?

Scotland’s turnout was up on the previous election with 68.1% of the electorate voting compared to 66.5% in 2017.

England's turnout, meanwhile was down on the 2017 General Election from 69.1% to 67.4%.

In Wales there was a significant drop in turnout of 2%, dipping from 68.6% in 2017 to 66.6%.

Turnout was also significantly down in Northern Ireland with just 61.8% turnout, down from 65.4%.