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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Edinburgh East & Musselburgh
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Susan Deacon
LAB
12654
45.1
-1.2
Kenny MacAskill
SNP
6497
23.2
-5.0
John Smart
CON
3863
13.8
+1.3
Gary Peacock
LD
3582
9.2
-1.9
Derek Durkin
SSP
2447
8.7
+6.8
MAJORITY 
6158
22.0
TURNOUT 
28044
50.3
ELECTORATE
57704

DESCRIPTION: Edinburgh East & Musselburgh
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh stretches from the Port of Leith along the Firth of Forth, taking in the Victorian seaside resort of Portobello with its long sandy beach, to the old fishing village of Musselburgh. Like many Scottish constituencies, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh is a mixture of high-quality housing, some on private estates, and more run-down council housing - in areas like Craigmillar and Niddrie.

This seat has been held by Labour since 1935, and by sitting MP Dr Gavin Strang since 1970. The SNP jumped from third to second place at the 1997 general election, overtaking the Conservatives. Labourís Susan Deacon was elected the MSP in 1999 with a majority of 6,714. In February 2003 she proposed a motion in parliament expressing concern about the war in Iraq.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17086
46.2
SNP
10372
28
CON
4600
12.4
LD
4100
11.1
SSP
697
1.9
IND
134
0.4
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18124
52.6
SNP
5956
17.3
LD
4981
14.5
CON
3906
11.3
SSP
1487
4.3
Vote Scotland 2003

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