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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Mike Rumbles
LD
14553
46.0
+10.1
David Davidson
CON
9154
28.9
-0.6
Ian Angus
SNP
4489
14.2
-7.4
Kevin Hutchens
LAB
2727
8.6
-4.4
Alan Manley
SSP
713
2.3
+2.3
MAJORITY 
5399
17.1
TURNOUT 
31636
50.6
ELECTORATE
62542

DESCRIPTION: Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine
The seat covers territory normally associated with safe Tory areas. It stretches from the Grampian Mountains in Royal Deeside to the coastal villages of Newtonhill and St Cryrus including Balmoral. It holds some spectacular scenery which attracts tourists in droves, has many farming communities and, thanks to the river Dee, has some of the finest salmon fishing in the country.

Conservative minister and pro-devolutionist Alick Buchanan-Smith represented it from 1964 until his death in 1991. The Liberal Democrats’ Nicol Stephen (who became MSP for Aberdeen South in 1999) won it at the by-election, but five months later the Tories re-took Kincardine & Deeside (as it was called then) at the 1992 election. Sir Robert Smith won it back for the Lib Dems in 1997, and in 1999 Mike Rumbles kept the Holyrood seat in Lib Dem hands. He went on to make a name for himself as part of the coalition’s “awkward squad”.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
12838
35.9
CON
10549
29.5
SNP
7699
21.5
LAB
4650
13
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
16507
43.5
CON
11686
30.8
LAB
4669
12.3
SNP
4634
12.2
SSP
418
1.1
Vote Scotland 2003

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