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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Caithness Sutherland & Easter Ross
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jamie Stone
LD
7742
36.6
-4.4
Deirdre Steven
LAB
5650
26.7
+2.5
Rob Gibson
SNP
3692
17.5
-5.7
Alan McLeod
CON
2262
10.7
+2.4
James Campbell
IND
953
4.5
+4.5
Frank Ward
SSP
828
3.9
+3.9
MAJORITY 
2092
9.9
TURNOUT 
21127
52.2
ELECTORATE
40462

DESCRIPTION: Caithness Sutherland & Easter Ross
This is the northernmost seat on mainland Britain and covers a vast but sparsely populated area. At its northern tip is Caithness, made up of farming and fishing communities around the two main towns of Thurso and Wick. Dounreay nuclear power station is here, and tourism is helped by the presence of John O'Groats. The mountains and moorland of Sutherland attract many holidaymakers. Easter Ross is far more densely populated, including the fairly large town of Invergordon, home to many workers in oil-related industries.

Former Westminster MP Bob Maclennan worked for three different parties during the time he represented this seat (1966 - 2001), in turn Labour, the SDP and the Liberal Democrats. He was succeeded at Westminster by his Lib Dem colleague the Viscount Thurso, who is the first hereditary peer to be elected to the House of Commons. The Lib Dem Jamie Stone won the Holyrood seat with a majority of over 4,000 in 1999.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
10691
41.1
LAB
6300
24.2
SNP
6035
23.2
CON
2167
8.3
IND
554
2.1
IND
282
1.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
9041
36.4
LAB
6297
25.3
SNP
5273
21.2
CON
3513
14.1
SSP
544
2.2
IND
199
0.8
Vote Scotland 2003

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