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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Edinburgh Central
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Sarah Boyack
LAB
9066
32.4
-6.0
Andy Myles
LD
6400
22.8
+6.1
Kevin Pringle
SNP
4965
17.7
-8.2
Peter Finnie
CON
4802
17.1
+0.9
Catriona Grant
SSP
2552
9.1
+6.9
James O' Neill
SPA
229
0.8
+0.8
MAJORITY 
2666
9.5
TURNOUT 
28014
46.1
ELECTORATE
60824

DESCRIPTION: Edinburgh Central
Edinburgh Central has had a fairly recent history of Conservative rule. It has a very high proportion of professional and managerial workers and is one of the most attractive urban seats in Britain, including the landmarks of the Castle, Arthur's Seat, St Giles' Cathedral, Princes Street and Murrayfield rugby stadium. Apart from the financial sector, tourism is in Scotlandís capital is big business.

Edinburgh Central has been held by Labour since 1945 with the exception of a period between 1983 and 1987 when it was represented by the Tory Sir Alex Fletcher. It was regained by Labour in 1987 by Alastair Darling, now transport secretary. Sarah Boyack was elected the MSP in 1999. She was dropped as transport minister when Jack McConnell took over as first minister. In 1999 SNP was in second place, but in the 2001 election the Liberal Democrats were the runners-up and the SNP dropped to fourth place.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14224
38
SNP
9598
25.7
LD
6187
16.5
CON
6018
16.1
SSP
830
2.2
IND
364
1
IND
191
0.5
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14495
42.1
LD
6353
18.5
CON
5643
16.4
SNP
4832
14.1
GRN
1809
5.3
SSP
1258
3.7
Vote Scotland 2003

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