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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Dundee East
SNP Gain
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Shona Robison
SNP
10428
39.5
+5.3
John McAllion
LAB
10338
39.3
-4.0
Edward Prince
CON
3133
11.9
-2.1
Clive Sneddon
LD
1584
6.0
-0.8
James Gourlay
IND
865
3.3
+3.3
MAJORITY 
70
0.3
TURNOUT 
26368
48.9
ELECTORATE
53876

DESCRIPTION: Dundee East
This half of the city is the more industrial of the two, and contains the docks area which is important to the off-shore oil industry. Shipbuilding has declined here, but there are a number of enterprise zones that have fostered a mixture of industries. Accommodation is mixed, ranging from the middle-class residences of Broughty Ferry to the council estates of Douglas and Linlathen.

Dundee was once a Liberal seat, represented by Winston Churchill for 14 years. Dundee East has also been a Nationalist seat with former SNP leader Gordon Wilson holding it from February 1974 until 1987 when John McAllion won it back for Labour. Mr McAllion became the MSP in 1999. He has long been an advocate of devolution. He resigned as Labour's Scottish constitutional spokesman in 1996 in protest at the decision to hold a referendum on devolution. He has carved out a role for himself as the conscience of the Labour Party, voting against the executive on issues including the abolition of warrant sales, free school meals and the war with Iraq. The SNP would only need a 5% swing to take this seat.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13703
43.3
SNP
10849
34.3
CON
4428
14
LD
2153
6.8
SSP
530
1.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14635
45.2
SNP
10169
31.4
CON
3900
12
LD
2784
8.6
SSP
879
2.7
Vote Scotland 2003

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