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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Banff & Buchan
SNP Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Stewart Stevenson
SNP
13827
52.9
+0.3
Stewart Whyte
CON
5463
20.9
+3.9
Iain Brotchie
LAB
2885
11.0
-2.6
Debra Storr
LD
2227
8.5
-8.2
Alan Buchan
SPA
907
3.5
+3.5
Alice Rowan
SSP
840
3.2
+3.2
MAJORITY 
8364
32.0
TURNOUT 
26149
47.2
ELECTORATE
55358

DESCRIPTION: Banff & Buchan
This seat comprises a long stretch of North Sea coastline and agricultural areas inland. Peterhead and Fraserburgh are both major fishing ports. The EU's recent decision to cut cod quotas by 45% and restrict fishing boats to 15 days at sea per month will hit this constituency particularly hard. The Scottish executive announced a £50m compensation package in January 2003 but this has been criticised by fishermen’s leaders. The oil and gas industry is also important here.

Banff and Buchan is held by SNP leader at Westminster Alex Salmond, and the SNP’s Stewart Stevenson won the Holyrood seat in 1999. This area has in its history a long tradition of Conservative representation, though Mr Salmond was not the first Scottish Nationalist to get elected here - Douglas Henderson represented the seat for the SNP from February 1974 to 1979. Mr Salmond regained it from the Tories in 1987. The then leader won the Holyrood seat in 1999 with 53% of the vote. In July 2000 he made the surprise announcement that he was standing down as party leader. In January 2001 he decided to leave the Scottish Parliament and remain at Westminster in order to give his successor as leader, John Swinney, space to make his mark. The Holyrood by-election saw Mr Stevenso, Alex Salmond’s former driver, retain the seat for the SNP.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
16695
52.6
CON
5403
17
LD
5315
16.7
LAB
4321
13.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
16710
54.2
CON
6207
20.1
LAB
4363
14.2
LD
2769
9
SSP
447
1.5
UKIP
310
1
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