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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jeremy Purvis
LD
7197
27
-8.9
Christine Grahame
SNP
6659
24.9
+2
Catherine Maxwell Stuart
LAB
5757
21.6
-0.8
Derek Brownlee
CON
5686
21.3
+2
Norman Lockhart
SSP
1055
4
N/A
Alex Black
SPA
346
1.3
N/A
MAJORITY 
538
2
TURNOUT 
26700
52.4
ELECTORATE
50912

DESCRIPTION: Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale
The largest towns in the seat are Penicuik, Galashiels, Peebles and Selkirk. The economy is dependent on a narrow range of industries including textiles, electronics and agriculture. The decline in all of these industries has caused great problems in recent years. But the seat remains relatively prosperous, with unemployment below the national average. The future would look brighter if the campaign for the restoration of the rail link from Edinburgh to Carlisle, the Waverley Line, is successful. The Scottish executive announced a 1.9m grant to the Scottish Borders Council in November 2000, to help it prepare a parliamentary order and examine funding opportunities for re-opening the line.

Liberal Democrat Michael Moore became the MP following the retirement of Sir David Steel. Local English teacher Ian Jenkins became the MSP in 1999 but is standing down. A big issue is the controversy over Borders Council's apparent mismanagement of its education budget, a crisis which brought down the independent administration. It was replaced by a Lib Dem/SNP coalition.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
12078
35.8
SNP
7600
22.5
LAB
7546
22.4
CON
6491
19.3
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
14035
42.3
LAB
8878
26.7
CON
5118
15.4
SNP
4108
12.4
SSP
695
2.1
LIB
383
1.2
Vote Scotland 2003

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