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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Edinburgh West
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Margaret Smith
LD
14434
43.3
+6.9
James Douglas-Hamilton
CON
8520
25.6
+0.1
Carol Fox
LAB
5046
15.2
-6.2
Alyn Smith
SNP
4133
12.4
-4.4
Pat Smith
SSP
993
3.0
+3.0
Bruce Skivington
SPA
175
0.5
+0.5
MAJORITY 
5914
17.8
TURNOUT 
33301
55.4
ELECTORATE
60136

DESCRIPTION: Edinburgh West
West is perhaps the most solidly middle-class seat in what is essentially a very middle-class city. There are few poor areas in the constituency and it is typified by places like the village of Cramond and Dalmeny and Corstorphine. However, boundary changes in 1997 brought more working class areas such as Moat and Stenhouse into the seat along with the Muirhouse housing scheme.

The Lib Dems finally succeeded in winning this seat from Conservative Lord James Douglas-Hamilton at the 1997 general election. Lib Dem Margaret Smith also defeated Lord James in the 1999 election, having first beaten sitting MP Donald Gorrie for the Lib Dem nomination. Both Lord James and Donald Gorrie won seats in the Scottish Parliament via the regional lists - Gorrie in Central Scotland and Lord James in the Lothians. The Lib Dem majority was 11% and it would take a considerable swing for the Conservatives to win it.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
15161
36.5
CON
10578
25.4
LAB
8860
21.3
SNP
6984
16.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
16719
42.4
LAB
9130
23.1
CON
8894
22.5
SNP
4047
10.3
SSP
688
1.7
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