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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
East Lothian
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
John Home Robertson
LAB
13683
43.85
-7.29
Judy Hayman
LD
5508
17.65
+6.62
Stuart Thomson
CON
5459
17.49
+1.69
Tom Roberts
SNP
5174
16.58
-5.43
Hugh Kerr
SSP
1380
4.42
+4.2
MAJORITY 
8175
26.20
TURNOUT 
31204
52.7
ELECTORATE
59227

DESCRIPTION: East Lothian
East Lothian lies to the east of Edinburgh, comprising mostly agricultural land and seaside resorts. Such topography could easily fit a Conservative seat, but it is the smaller and more heavily populated areas in the west that see Labour elected more often than not. Cockenzie, with its coal-fired power station, and the ex-mining towns of Prestonpans and Ormiston, are all Labour strongholds that can easily outvote the small farming villages and coastal resorts. The seat includes the nuclear power station at Torness. The closure of the Mitsubishi plant at Haddington with the loss of 500 jobs was announced in April 1998, but unemployment is low.

It has been held by Labour since 1966 apart from a short spell between February and October 1974 when it was won by Michael Ancram. John Home Robertson had represented it winning a by-election in 1978, and in 1999 he became its first MSP. He has been replaced at Westminster by Anne Pickering. The SNP was second in 1999 but came fourth in 2001. Mr Home Robertson has a majority of almost 11,000.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19220
51.1
SNP
8274
22
CON
5941
15.8
LD
4147
11
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17407
47.2
CON
6577
17.8
LD
6506
17.6
SNP
5381
14.6
SSP
624
1.7
SLP
376
1
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