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 Angus
SNP SNP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michael Weir SNP 12,347 35.3 -13.0
Marcus Booth Conservative 8,736 25.0 +0.4
Ian McFatridge Labour 8,183 23.4 +7.8
Peter Nield Liberal Democrat 5,015 14.3 +4.9
Bruce Wallace Scottish Socialist 732 2.1  
Majority 3,611 10.3
Turnout 35,013 59.3 -12.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.7% from SNP to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.7% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 7.7% from SNP to Conservative

Description
The constituency of Angus lies on Scotland's east coast, stretching from Montrose in the north to the Firth of Tay in the south, where it virtually surrounds the city of Dundee.

Agriculture is unsurprisingly one of the major industries, as is tourism thanks to the seaside resorts and attractions like the championship golf at Carnoustie. But engineering, fishing, food processing, textiles and pharmaceutical industries are also found in the seat.

In 1966 Mrs Thatcher’s friend and confidant Jock Bruce-Gardyne held the seat of Angus South (as it was then called) with the biggest Conservative majority in Scotland. It was an upset when he was defeated by the SNP’s Andrew Welsh in October 1974.

Mr Welsh held the seat until 1979 when Peter Fraser, now Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, regained it for the Conservatives. In 1987 the tables turned again, Andrew Welsh won it back and has held it ever since.

Mr Welsh is standing down from Westminster, to focus on his role as an MSP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Angus
SNP hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Welsh SNP 20,792 48.3
Sebastian Leslie Conservative 10,603 24.6
Catherine Taylor Labour 6,733 15.6
Dick Speirs Liberal Democrat 4,065 9.4
Brian Taylor Referendum 883 2.0
Majority 10,189 23.7
Turnout 43,076 72.1
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Angus
SNP win
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Welsh SNP 16,055 46.5
Ron Harris Conservative 7,154 20.7
Ian McFatridge Labour 6,914 20.0
Dick Speirs Liberal Democrat 4,413 12.8
Majority 8,901 25.8
Turnout 34,536 57.0
 
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