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 Banff & Buchan
SNP SNP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alex Salmond SNP 16,710 54.2 -1.6
Sandy Wallace Conservative 6,207 20.1 -3.7
Ted Harris Labour 4,363 14.2 +2.4
Douglas Herbison Liberal Democrat 2,769 9.0 +3.0
Alice Rowan Scottish Socialist 447 1.5  
Eric Davidson UK Independence 310 1.0  
Majority 10,503 34.1
Turnout 30,806 54.5 -14.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Conservative to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.0% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 0.8% from SNP to Conservative

Description
Banff & Buchan is located north of Aberdeen and comprises a long stretch of North Sea coastline and agricultural areas inland.

Peterhead is a major centre for the United Kingdom's fishing industry while St Fergus is home to a vast gas terminal - nearly half of the UK's gas is pumped ashore here. Tourism is important to the region, and it holds some spectacular scenery and secluded resorts.

Banff and Buchan has been represented by former SNP party leader Alex Salmond since he regained it from the Tories in 1987. The SNP previously held it between 1975 and 1979.

Over the last few years Mr Salmond had repeatedly said he planned to stand down as a Westminster MP at the forthcoming general election, to focus his attention on his responsibilities in the Scottish Parliament. However, in January 2001 Mr Salmond made public his decision to stay on at Westminster after all and give up his Scottish Parliament seat.

Retired bank director Stewart Stevenson was originally selected to contest the Westminster seat, but will now contest the Scottish parliament seat instead.

Click here for list of Scottish Parliament by-election candidates

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Banff & Buchan
SNP hold
Name Party Votes %
Alex Salmond SNP 22,409 55.8
William Frain Bell Conservative 9,564 23.8
Megan Harris Labour 4,747 11.8
Neil Fletcher Liberal Democrat 2,398 6.0
Alan Buchan Referendum 1,060 2.6
Majority 12,845 32.0
Turnout 40,178 68.7
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Banff & Buchan
SNP win
Name Party Votes %
Alex Salmond SNP 16,695 52.6
David Davidson Conservative 5,403 17.0
Maitland Mackie Liberal Democrat 5,315 16.7
Megan Harris Labour 4,321 13.6
Majority 11,292 35.6
Turnout 31,734 54.5
 
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