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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Angus
SNP Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Andrew Welsh
SNP
13251
44.5
-2.0
Alexander Johnstone
CON
6564
22.0
+1.3
John Denning
LAB
4871
16.4
-3.7
Dick Speirs
LD
3802
12.8
0.0
Bruce Wallace
SSP
1301
4.4
+4.4
MAJORITY 
6687
22.4
TURNOUT 
29789
49.2
ELECTORATE
60608

DESCRIPTION: Angus
Angus lies on the east coast, stretching from Montrose in the north to the Firth of Tay in the south, where it virtually surrounds the city of Dundee. Agriculture is one of the major industries, as is tourism thanks to its seaside resorts, but engineering, fishing, food processing are also found here. In 1966 Jock Bruce-Gardyne held the seat of Angus South (as it was then called) with the biggest Conservative majority in Scotland. It was an upset when he was defeated by the SNP’s Andrew Welsh in October 1974. Mr Welsh held the seat until 1979 when Peter Fraser, now Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, regained it for the Tories. In 1987 the tables turned again, Andrew Welsh won it back. In 1999 Mr Welsh was elected the seat’s MSP with a majority of 9,000 over the Tories. Mike Weir, who replaced him at Westminster, fared less well at the 2001 general election when the SNP majority was slashed by two thirds. However, Andrew Welsh’s long association with this constituency should ensure his re-election with a comfortable majority.

PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
16055
46.5
CON
7154
20.7
LAB
6914
20
LD
4413
12.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
12347
35.3
CON
8736
25
LAB
8183
23.4
LD
5015
14.3
SSP
732
2.1
Vote Scotland 2003

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