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 Dumfries
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Russell Brown Labour 20,830 48.9 +1.4
John Charteris Conservative 11,996 28.2 +0.2
John Ross Scott Liberal Democrat 4,955 11.6 +0.5
Gerry Fisher SNP 4,103 9.6 -2.5
John Dennis Scottish Socialist 702 1.6  
Majority 8,834 20.7
Turnout 42,586 67.7 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 5.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Dumfries is a large, rural seat in the south west of Scotland, north of the Solway Firth, with industry centred on agriculture, tourism, textiles and forestry. Some light engineering is also undertaken, but the only heavy industry is boilermaking, found on the outskirts of Annan.

The area of Crichton in Dumfries is a key centre for further education in the constituency, and is home to the UKs first ever multi-university campus. The site is shared by Glasgow University, Paisley University, Dumfries & Galloway College and Bell College, and is also being developed as a business park to create more jobs for the area.

Tourists are attracted by the scenery, which includes the Lowther Hills and Eskdalemuir Forest, and also by the towns of Lochmaben (supposedly the birthplace of Robert the Bruce) and Dumfries. The seat also contains the town of Gretna, its proximity to the England/Scotland border has made it the notorious wedding place for eloping English couples.

This constituency was represented by Tory grandee Sir Hector Munro from 1964 until he retired in 1997. His retirement coincided with the Labour landslide to deliver a Labour victory in what had been a true blue seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Dumfries
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Russell Brown Labour 23,528 47.5
Struan Stevenson Conservative 13,885 28.0
Robert Higgins SNP 5,977 12.1
Neil Wallace Liberal Democrat 5,487 11.1
David Parker Referendum 533 1.1
Liz Hunter Natural Law 117 0.2
Majority 9,643 19.5
Turnout 49,527 78.9
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Dumfries
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Elaine Murray Labour 14,101 36.7
David Mundell Conservative 10,447 27.2
Stephen Norris SNP 7,625 19.9
Neil Wallace Liberal Democrat 6,209 16.2
Majority 3,654 9.5
Turnout 38,382 60.1
 
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