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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Western Isles
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Alasdair Morrison
LAB
5825
47.0
-4.9
Alasdair Nicholson
SNP
5105
41.2
+4.3
Frank Warren
CON
612
4.9
-2.9
Conor Snowden
LD
498
4.0
+0.8
Joanne Telfer
SSP
347
2.8
+2.8
MAJORITY 
720
5.8
TURNOUT 
12387
58.4
ELECTORATE
21205

DESCRIPTION: Western Isles
The Western Isles are also known as the Outer Hebrides, and stretch from the Butt of Lewis in the north to Vatersay in the south - a distance of 130 miles. Lewis is the largest island, but others include Harris, the two Uists (North and South) and Benbecula. Crofting, fishing, limited tourism and cottage industries are the basis of the local economy, along with the manufacture of Harris Tweed - the islands' most famous export. The Isles are remote from the mainland in culture as well as distance. Some 68% of inhabitants are Gaelic speakers.

The Westminster seat of Western Isles is currently held by Calum MacDonald for Labour. Alasdair Morrison won the seat for Labour at the 1999 Scottish Parliament election, with a commanding 51.94% of the vote. Labour is not so strong at a local council level in the Western Isles, where most seats are held by independents.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
7248
51.9
SNP
5155
36.9
CON
1095
7.8
LD
456
3.3
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
5924
45
SNP
4850
36.9
CON
1250
9.5
LD
849
6.5
SSP
286
2.2
Vote Scotland 2003

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