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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Aberdeen South
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Nicol Stephen
LD
13821
45.9
+13.3
Richard Baker
LAB
5805
19.3
-8.2
Ian Duncan
CON
5230
17.4
-2.8
Maureen Watt
SNP
4315
14.3
-4.8
Keith Farnsworth
SSP
953
3.2
+3.2
MAJORITY 
8016
26.6
TURNOUT 
30124
51.8
ELECTORATE
30124

DESCRIPTION: Aberdeen South
This seat includes Aberdeenís southern suburbs and some more rural areas which used to be in the old Kincardine & Deeside seat. The southern part of the city contains many of its more affluent areas, some quite middle class in character. But there are also large council estates. The main employer is the oil industry, so its continuing downturn has hit the area hard.

This is one of only five seats to have been held by different parties at Holyrood and Westminster. Labourís Anne Begg is the MP, while Liberal Democrat Nicol Stephen became the MSP in 1999. It has been a marginal in recent years. It was held by the Conservatives from 1918 until 1966 when a young Donald Dewar won it. The Tories regained it in 1970 and held it until Labourís Frank Doran took it back in 1987. In 1992 it was the only Tory gain from Labour. Boundary changes in 1997 theoretically made it safer for the Tories, but their unpopularity meant Labourís Anne Begg took it and the Lib Dems moved up to second place. Ms Begg increased her majority at the 2001 general election.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
11300
32.6
LAB
9540
27.5
CON
6993
20.2
SNP
6651
19.2
SWP
206
0.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14696
39.8
LD
10308
27.9
CON
7098
19.2
SNP
4293
11.6
SSP
495
1.3
Vote Scotland 2003

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