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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Midlothian
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Rhona Brankin
LAB
11139
47.3
-2.4
Graham Sutherland
SNP
5597
23.8
-6.9
Jacquie Bell
LD
2700
11.5
+0.5
Rosemary MacArthur
CON
2557
10.9
+2.1
Bob Goupillot
SSP
1563
6.6
+6.6
MAJORITY 
5542
23.5
TURNOUT 
23556
48.8
ELECTORATE
48319

DESCRIPTION: Midlothian
The county of Midlothian is an ancient one and lies just south-east of Edinburgh. The main towns are Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Loanhead and Gorebridge. This seat contains the heart of the former Midlothian coalfield and although mining is in terminal decline, the area is still predominantly industrial and working-class.

Unemployment here is lower than the Scottish average, in spite of recent losses in the textiles industry, with many workers commuting to Edinburgh.This seat has been held by Labour since 1955. The MP David Hamilton is the fifth successive miner to hold the seat. Labour also took the seat in the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Rhona Brankin MSP served as a junior minister in the Dewar and McLeish executives, but fell out of favour when Jack McConnell became first minister. The SNP is Labour's closest challenger, but with a 48% majority to overcome.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14467
48.6
SNP
8942
30.1
LD
3184
10.7
CON
2544
8.5
IND
618
2.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15145
52.7
SNP
6131
21.3
LD
3686
12.8
CON
2748
9.6
SSP
837
2.9
PLA
177
0.6
Vote Scotland 2003

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