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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Argyll & Bute
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
George Lyon
LD
9817
35.1
+0.2
David Petrie
CON
5621
20.1
+3.6
Jim Mather
SNP
5485
19.6
-8.9
Hugh Raven
LAB
5107
18.3
-1.8
Des Divers
SSP
1667
6.0
+6.0
David Walker
SPA
251
0.9
+0.9
MAJORITY 
4196
15.0
TURNOUT 
27948
57.8
ELECTORATE
48330

DESCRIPTION: Argyll & Bute
This is one of the most beautiful constituencies in the UK. It covers nearly two million acres of mainland Scotland and includes islands such as Mull, Islay, Jura, Tiree and Bute. The region is famous for its whisky with eight distilleries on Islay alone. Other industries are forestry, farming, boat building, fishing and fish farming.

In many of Scotland's remoter regions, personalities are often as important as parties when it comes to elections. Argyll and Bute has been in the hands of three different parties in the last 20 years: SNP 1974-79, the Conservatives in 1979-87 and the Liberal Democrats from 1987. In 1999 the Lib Dem George Lyon, a farmer from Bute and former president of the Scottish NFU, won the Holyrood seat with a majority of 2,000.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
11226
34.9
SNP
9169
28.5
LAB
6470
20.1
CON
5312
16.5
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
9245
29.9
LAB
7592
24.5
CON
6436
20.8
SNP
6433
20.8
SSP
1251
4
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