West Lothian

Scottish council area

West Lothian is a council area in Scotland, United Kingdom. The county town is Livingston. Susan Boyle is from here.

West Lothian
Wast Lowden
Lodainn an Iar
West Lothian in Scotland.svg
Coordinates: 55°55′N 3°30′W / 55.917°N 3.500°W / 55.917; -3.500Coordinates: 55°55′N 3°30′W / 55.917°N 3.500°W / 55.917; -3.500
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Lieutenancy areaWest Lothian
Admin HQLivingston
 • BodyWest Lothian Council
 • ControlLabour minority (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total165.1 sq mi (427.7 km2)
Area rankRanked 20th
 (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total180,100
 • RankRanked 9th
 • Density1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
ONS codeS12000040
ISO 3166 codeGB-WLN

The term "West Lothian question" was coined by Enoch Powell MP in 1977 after Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for the Scottish constituency of West Lothian, raised the matter repeatedly in House of Commons debates on devolution.[1][2]


  1. "Now for the English question". The Economist. 27 September 2014.
  2. "West Lothian commission: Sir Emyr Jones Parry joins body". BBC News. BBC. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013.