Current MSP: Nigel Don (SNP) [MSP website]
Party Candidate Votes +/– % +/–
SNP Nigel Don ^ 13660 +3466 54.8 +11.4
Conservative Alex Johnstone ^ 6374 +1096 25.6 +3.1
Labour Kevin Hutchens 3160 +46 12.7 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Sanjay Samani 1726 -3162 6.9 -13.9
Majority 7286 Turnout 24920 Swing +4.1% SNP hold
Consisting of a combination of parts of the former Aberdeenshire West, North Tayside and Angus constituencies, this is effectively a new constituency. However, it was always likely to be a very safe seat for the SNP, and Nigel Don, a list MSP from 2007, comfortably won the seat for the party. Alex Johnstone for the Conservatives also returned to Holyrood via the regional list.

Notes: Given boundary changes since 2007, variations in votes and share between seats with different boundaries would be misleading. We use the Denver figures, essentially a calculation of the 2007 votes cast within 2011 boundaries. More information on this here.

Symbols used:

* – Incumbent
^ – Challenger holding a list seat in previous Parliament
# – Lost deposit