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 Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Robert Smith Liberal Democrat 16,507 43.5 +2.4
Tom Kerr Conservative 11,686 30.8 -4.1
Kevin Hutchens Labour 4,669 12.3 +3.2
John Green SNP 4,634 12.2 -0.9
Alan Manley Scottish Socialist 418 1.1  
Majority 4,821 12.7
Turnout 37,914 62.0 -11.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.3% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.6% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 3.2% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat

Description
The seat stretches from the Grampian Mountains in Royal Deeside to the coastal villages of Newtonhill and St Cryrus including Balmoral and some of the well-off oil industry commuter belt of Aberdeen.

It holds some spectacular scenery, such as the Cairngorm Mountains, which attracts tourists in droves, has many farming communities and, thanks to the river Dee, has some of the finest salmon fishing in the country.

Conservative minister and pro-devolutionist Alick Buchanan-Smith represented this seat from 1964 until his death in 1991. The Liberal Democrats’ Nicol Stephen won it at the resulting by-election, but was MP for only five months until the Conservatives re-took Kincardine & Deeside (as it was called then) at the 1992 election.

Sir Robert Smith won it back for the Liberal Democrats from Scottish office minister George Kynoch at the 1997 General Election.

Mike Rumbles won the seat for the Lib Dems at the 1999 Scottish Parliament election.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Robert Smith Liberal Democrat 17,742 41.1
George Kynoch Conservative 15,080 34.9
Joy Mowatt SNP 5,649 13.1
Qaisra Khan Labour 3,923 9.1
Steve Ball Referendum 808 1.9
Majority 2,662 6.2
Turnout 43,202 73.1
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine
Liberal Democrat win
Name Party Votes %
Mike Rumbles Liberal Democrat 12,838 35.9
Ben Wallace Conservative 10,549 29.5
Maureen Watt SNP 7,699 21.5
Gordon Guthrie Labour 4,650 13.0
Majority 2,289 6.4
Turnout 35,736 58.2
 
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