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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Aberdeen Central
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Lewis MacDonald
LAB
6835
32.6
-6.3
Richard Lochhead
SNP
5593
26.7
-2.0
Eleanor Anderson
LD
4744
22.6
+6.0
Alan Butler
CON
2616
12.5
-1.3
Andy Cumbers
SSP
1176
5.6
+3.6
MAJORITY 
1242
5.9
TURNOUT 
20964
42.4
ELECTORATE
49477

DESCRIPTION: Aberdeen Central
Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city, but is most widely-known as Europe's oil capital. It is also a fishing port. The residential areas are mixed, with some of the city's most affluent districts in Rubislaw and Queen's Park but also more working-class areas such as Woodside, St Machar, Linksfield and Causewayend. This seat holds the city centre, old town, university and football stadium. This was a new seat for the city of Aberdeen at the 1997 general election, formed from 30,000 of the electorate previously in Aberdeen North and 26,000 from Aberdeen South.

The sitting MP Frank Doran became MP for South in 1987 only to lose to the Tory Raymond Robertson in 1992, making him the only Labour MP to be ousted by a Conservative at that election. The Labour candidate and 1999 Holyrood victor is Lewis Macdonald, deputy transport minister. The recent fishing crisis and Gordon Brown's Windfall tax on North Sea oil profits announced in 2002 may well lose Labour votes. This seat is a target for the SNP.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
10305
38.9
SNP
7609
28.7
LD
4403
16.6
CON
3655
13.8
SSP
523
2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12025
45.5
SNP
5379
20.4
LD
4547
17.2
CON
3761
14.2
SSP
717
2.7
Vote Scotland 2003

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