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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Dumfries
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Elaine Murray
LAB
12834
40.0
+3.2
David Mundell
CON
11738
36.6
+9.3
Andrew Wood
SNP
3931
12.2
-7.6
Clare Hamblen
LD
2394
7.5
-8.7
John Dennis
SSP
1213
3.8
+3.8
MAJORITY 
1096
3.4
TURNOUT 
32110
52.2
ELECTORATE
61517

DESCRIPTION: Dumfries
Dumfries is a large, rural seat in the south-west of Scotland, north of the Solway Firth, with industry centred on agriculture, tourism, textiles and forestry. There is some light engineering but the only heavy industry is boilermaking, found on the outskirts of Annan. Tourists are attracted by the scenery, which includes the Lowther Hills and Eskdalemuir Forest, and also by the towns of Gretna, Lochmaben (supposedly the birthplace of Robert the Bruce) and Dumfries. Lockerbie, tragically made famous by the crashing of the bombed Pan-Am jumbo jet there in 1988, is also in the seat. This area was devastated by the 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic; the farming and tourism are still recovering.

Tory grandee Sir Hector Munro was the MP from 1964-97, his retirement coinciding with Labourís landslide. The 1999 result meant the party represented Dumfries at both Holyrood and Westminster. Deputy Culture Minister Dr Elaine Murray became the MSP with a majority of 3,654.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14101
36.7
CON
10447
27.2
SNP
7625
19.9
LD
6209
16.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
20830
48.9
CON
11996
28.2
LD
4955
11.6
SNP
4103
9.6
SSP
702
1.6
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