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West Lothian Council
Lodainn an Iar
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Coat of arms of West Lothian Council Lodainn an Iar
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Admin HQ Livingston
 • Body West Lothian Council
 • Control Scottish National Party/Action to Save St John's Hospital/Conservative
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total Expression error: Unexpected < operator. sq mi (427 km² km2)
Area rank Ranked 20th
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 165,700
 • Rank Ranked 10th
 • Density 1,000/sq mi (388/km2)
ONS code 00RH
ISO 3166 code GB-WLN
County of West Lothian
- Total
Ranked 32nd
76,806 acres
County town Livingston
Chapman code WLN

West Lothian (Lodainn an Iar in Gaelic) is one of the 32 unitary council areas in Scotland, and a Lieutenancy area. It borders onto City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk.

The council area was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, with the boundaries of the West Lothian district of the Lothian region.

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The county of West Lothian was called Linlithgowshire or the County of Linlithgow until 1921.

As abolished in 1975 by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, the county contained six burghs. Two are outside the West Lothian unitary council area:

Burgh Unitary council area
Armadale West Lothian
Bo'ness Falkirk
South Queensferry City of Edinburgh

On abolition in 1975 the county, with the exception of the Bo'ness area, was included in the Lothian Region. Bo'ness became part of the Central Region. Lothian Region was divided into four districts, one of which was named West Lothian and approximated to the former county.


West Lothian District was created in 1975, comprising the county of West Lothian; less the burghs of Bo'ness and South Queensferry and the Kirkliston and Winchburgh areas; it also included the East Calder and West Calder districts of the former county of Midlothian. The council's headquarters were originally in Bathgate, later moving to the new town of Livingston. The unitary authority created in 1996 used the same boundaries.

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The West Lothian question is so named as it was raised by Tam Dalyell, then member of Parliament for the former West Lothian constituency, in his 1977 book Devolution: The End of Britain ?.

Council political composition[]

Party Councillors
Labour 14
Scottish National Party 13
Action to Save St John's Hospital 3
Conservative 1
Independent 1

External links[]

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