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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Tayside North
SNP Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
John Swinney
SNP
14969
44.9
+0.8
Murdo Fraser
CON
10466
31.4
-1.7
Gordon MacRae
LAB
3527
10.6
-4.5
Bob Forrest
LD
3206
9.6
+1.9
Rosie Adams
SSP
941
2.8
+2.8
George Ashe
SPA
234
0.7
+0.7
MAJORITY 
4503
13.5
TURNOUT 
33343
53.2
ELECTORATE
62697

DESCRIPTION: Tayside North
This is a beautiful part of Scotland which is popular with tourists and includes a host of famous place-names, for example, Pitlochry, Forfar and Blairgowrie. The southern borders near Perth are the most populous. Further inland there are large forests, lochs and plenty of opportunities for skiing in winter. Tourism, agriculture and forestry are the main industries.

The seat was created in 1983 from parts of Perth & East Perthshire and Angus South. Both were won by the SNP in 1974 but regained by the Conservatives in 1979. Tayside North was represented at Westminster by the outspoken unionist and Eurosceptic Bill Walker from 1983 until 1997. It was won by the SNP's John Swinney who went on to win the Holyrood seat in 1999 and later became party leader. Rural and environmental concerns figure here, as does health service provision.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
16786
44.1
CON
12594
33.1
LAB
5727
15
LD
2948
7.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
SNP WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
SNP
15441
40.1
CON
12158
31.6
LAB
5715
14.8
LD
4365
11.3
SSP
620
1.6
IND
220
0.6
Vote Scotland 2003

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