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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Moray
SNP Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Margaret Ewing
SNP
11384
42.2
+3.4
Tim Wood
CON
6072
22.5
-3.1
Peter Peacock
LAB
5157
19.1
-7.4
Linda Gorn
LD
3283
12.2
+3.1
Norma Anderson
SSP
1085
4.0
+4.0
MAJORITY 
5312
19.7
TURNOUT 
26981
46.3
ELECTORATE
58242

DESCRIPTION: Moray
The local economy of Moray relies heavily upon farming, forestry and fishing. It is also at the heart of whisky-producing country. The largest town in the seat is Elgin, a market town which attracts its fair share of tourists. This seat and the neighbouring constituency, Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber, have suffered from the downturn in the oil industry, with the closure of the Barmac oil fabrication plants in the summer of 2000 causing nearly 3,000 job losses.

Margaret Ewing regained Moray for the SNP in 1987 after eight years of Tory rule. In 1999 Mrs Ewing secured her seat in the Scottish Parliament by winning with a solid majority of 12%. The recent crisis in the fishing industry and concerns over rural policy will doubtless figure in the campaign - although Labour has made strong showings in Moray in 2001 election and at local council level.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
13027
38.8
LAB
8898
26.5
CON
8595
25.6
LD
3056
9.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
10076
30.3
LAB
8332
25.1
CON
7677
23.1
LD
5224
15.7
SSP
821
2.5
IND
802
2.4
UKIP
291
0.9
Vote Scotland 2003

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