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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Ayr
CON Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
John Scott
CON
12865
40.7
+2.7
Rita Miller
LAB
10975
34.7
-3.3
James Dornan
SNP
4334
13.7
-5.7
Stuart Ritchie
LD
1769
5.6
+1.2
James Stewart
SSP
1648
5.2
+5.2
MAJORITY 
1890
6.0
TURNOUT 
31591
56.9
ELECTORATE
55523

DESCRIPTION: Ayr
Ayr is a popular resort on Scotland's west coast, and tourists have been attracted as much by its connections with Robert Burns as by its sandy beaches and golf courses. The south end of the town holds the more plush residential areas, whilst the north boasts more of the town's industry and council estates. Just north of Ayr is the more industrial town of Prestwick, famous for its international airport. Some agriculture takes place in the west, but tourism, engineering and fishing are major industries in the seat as a whole.

The Tories held it at Westminster from 1950 to 1997, when Labourís Sandra Osborne took it for Labour. The 1999 Labour won the Holyrood seat with Ian Welsh defeating Conservative Phil Gallie, who had been the MP for five years from 1992 and became an MSP via the regional list. Mr Welsh stood down as an MSP citing family reasons, sparking a by-election Labour lost to Conservative John Scott.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14263
38
CON
14238
38
SNP
7291
19.5
LD
1662
4.4
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16801
43.6
CON
14256
37
SNP
4621
12
LD
2089
5.4
SSP
692
1.8
UKIP
101
0.3

* Ayr was won by Labour in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections. Since then it was taken by the Conservatives in a by-election. For the purpose of comparing the make-up of the Parliament between 1999 and 2003 it is being counted here as a Labour seat.

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