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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Dundee West
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Kate Maclean
LAB
8234
32.9
-4.6
Irene McGugan
SNP
7168
28.7
-8.5
Ian Borthwick
IND
4715
18.9
+18.9
Shona Ferrier
LD
1878
7.5
-2.8
Jim McFarlane
SSP
1501
6.0
+2.5
Victoria Roberts
CON
1376
5.5
-6.0
Morag MacLachlan
SPA
131
0.5
+0.5
MAJORITY 
1066
4.3
TURNOUT 
25003
48.7
ELECTORATE
51387

DESCRIPTION: Dundee West
Dundee was once famed as a city of jute, jam and journalism, but is being successfully remodelled as the city of discovery, increasing tourism and inward investment. The jute mills are gone but Dundee West remains a hive of industrial and academic activity with a mixture of light engineering and cutting-edge research technology. Residents are still largely working-class. West is still dominated by large housing estates but there are also middle-class areas around Dundee Law and the West End, for example. The seat also contains the bulk of the student quarter serving the city's two universities.

It has been held by Labour since 1950 but at the 1999 election the party came very close to losing what had been thought a safe seat. The SNP came within 121 votes of denying Labourís Kate McLean, then leader of Dundee City Council, a Holyrood seat. This makes it number one on the SNPís target list, although Labour seem hopeful that some of the local factors that contributed to the 1999 result, including dissatisfaction with the city council, are no longer important issues. Definitely one to watch.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
10925
37.6
SNP
10804
37.2
CON
3345
11.5
LD
2998
10.3
SSP
1010
3.5
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14787
50.6
SNP
7987
27.3
CON
2656
9.1
LD
2620
9
SSP
1192
4.1
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