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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Orkney
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jim Wallace QC
LD
3659
45.7
-21.7
Christopher Zawadski
CON
1904
23.8
+8.2
John Mowat
SNP
1056
13.2
+2.9
John Aberdein
SSP
914
11.4
+11.4
Richard Meade
LAB
471
5.9
-0.8
MAJORITY 
1755
21.9
TURNOUT 
8004
51.7
ELECTORATE
15487

DESCRIPTION: Orkney
The constituency is separated from the Scottish mainland by a seven-mile stretch of the Pentland Firth, and consists of 70 islands of which only 20 are inhabited. There are two main towns: Kirkwall, the capital and administrative centre, and Stromness. Apart from the oil terminal at Flotta, the main industry in Orkney is beef production, which meant that the BSE crisis was a major blow to the local economy.

The Lib Dems and their forebears have held the seat of Orkney and Shetland since 1950. Scottish Lib Dem leader Jim Wallace has represented Orkney in the Scottish Parliament, where he is also deputy first minister. He won in 1999 with the highest share of the vote in any seat in Scotland - 67.4%.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
6010
67.4
CON
1391
15.6
SNP
917
10.3
LAB
600
6.7
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