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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Perth
SNP Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Roseanna Cunningham
SNP
10717
33.9
-2.4
Alexander Stewart
CON
9990
31.6
+0.7
Rob Ball
LAB
5629
17.8
-5.5
Gordon Campbell
LD
3530
11.2
+1.7
Philip Stott
SSP
982
3.1
+3.1
Thomas Burns
IND
509
1.6
+1.6
Kenneth Buchanan
SPA
257
0.8
+0.8
MAJORITY 
727
2.3
TURNOUT 
31614
51
ELECTORATE
61957

DESCRIPTION: Perth
This is a relatively prosperous, largely rural, lowland seat on the fringe of the Highlands with successful livestock, fruit-growing and tourism. There is relatively low unemployment and half the electorate lives in the town of Perth itself. This combination of small prosperous towns and rich agricultural land meant in the past this was natural Conservative territory. The Tories held the predecessor seats at Westminster for most of the post-war. The SNP tradition is also strong - it is the only seat the Nationalists have contested at every election since the war.

The SNP's Roseanna Cunningham won it at a 1995 by-election with an 11.5% swing from the Tories. She held the seat in 1997, went on to be elected to Holyrood in 1999 and she is now the party's deputy leader. In 2001, she stood down from Westminster and the Conservatives came within an ace of recapturing it. It is a prime target for them. Rural issues such as the handling of the BSE crisis will figure in the campaign, as will hospital provision and the state of the Scotch whisky industry.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
13570
36.3
CON
11543
30.9
LAB
8725
23.3
LD
3558
9.5
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
11237
29.7
CON
11189
29.6
LAB
9638
25.5
LD
4853
12.8
SSP
899
2.4
Vote Scotland 2003

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