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 Aberdeen Central
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Frank Doran Labour 12,025 45.5 -4.3
Wayne Gault SNP 5,379 20.4 +4.2
Eleanor Anderson Liberal Democrat 4,547 17.2 +4.0
Stewart Whyte Conservative 3,761 14.2 -5.3
Andy Cumbers Scottish Socialist 717 2.7  
Majority 6,646 25.1
Turnout 26,429 52.8 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.2% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.5% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 7.5% from SNP to Labour

Description
Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city, but is most widely-known as Europe’s oil capital. It is also a fishing port although fishing is no longer the massive employer it once was.

The city’s economy now relies largely on the oil industry, and has therefore suffered from the downturn in the oil industry in recent years.

The residential areas in this seat are mixed, it contains some of the city’s most affluent districts - around Rubislaw and Queen’s Road - but also more working class areas such as Woodside, St Machar, Linksfield and Causewayend.

This seat holds the city centre, old town, university and football stadium as well.

Frank Doran won the seat in 1997 with a majority of 10,801 (30.32%) - the largest in Aberdeen. His former researcher, Lewis MacDonald, won it for Labour at the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections, with a shrunken majority of 2,696 (10.17%) on a smaller turnout than at the general election.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Aberdeen Central
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Frank Doran Labour 17,745 49.8
Jill Wisely Conservative 6,944 19.5
Brian Topping SNP 5,767 16.2
John Brown Liberal Democrat 4,714 13.2
James Farquharson Referendum 446 1.3
Majority 10,801 30.3
Turnout 35,616 65.5
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Aberdeen Central
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Lewis Macdonald Labour 10,305 38.9
Richard Lochead SNP 7,609 28.7
Eleanor Anderson Liberal Democrat 4,403 16.6
Tom Mason Conservative 3,655 13.8
Andrew Cumbers Scottish Socialist 523 2.0
Majority 2,696 10.2
Turnout 26,495 50.0
 
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