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 Dundee West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ernie Ross Labour 14,787 50.6 -3.2
Gordon Archer SNP 7,987 27.3 +4.1
Ian Hail Conservative 2,656 9.1 -4.1
Elizabeth Dick Liberal Democrat 2,620 9.0 +1.3
Jim McFarlane Scottish Socialist 1,192 4.1  
Majority 6,800 23.3
Turnout 29,242 54.4 -13.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.7% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.4% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 11.4% from SNP to Labour

Description
Dundee was once famed as a city of "jute, jam and journalism", but it is being successfully remodelled as the "city of discovery", increasing tourism and inward investment. The jute mills are now all gone but Dundee West remains a hive of industrial and academic activity with a mixture of light engineering and cutting edge research technology.

The Dundee West parliamentary constituency contains most of Dundee city centre. The headquarters of the celebrated publishers DC Thomson (publications include Sunday Post, The Beano) are also in this constituency, while its printing works are to be found in Dundee East.

Residents of the area are still by and large staunchly working-class. Dundee West is still dominated by large housing estates but there are also middle-class areas around Dundee Law (a hill in Dundees city centre) and the West End, for example. The seat also contains the bulk of the student quarter serving the citys two universities.

This seat has been held by Labour since 1950 and at the last election sitting Westminster MP Ernie Ross extended his majority over the SNP to over 11,000.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Dundee West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ernie Ross Labour 20,875 53.8
John Dorward SNP 9,016 23.2
Neil Powrie Conservative 5,105 13.2
Elizabeth Dick Liberal Democrat 2,972 7.7
Mary Ward Other 428 1.1
John MacMillan Referendum 411 1.1
Majority 11,859 30.6
Turnout 38,807 67.6
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Dundee West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Kate MacLean Labour 10,925 37.6
Calum Cashley SNP 10,804 37.2
Gordon Buchan Conservative 3,345 11.5
Elizabeth Dick Liberal Democrat 2,998 10.3
James McFarlane Scottish Socialist 1,010 3.5
Majority 121 0.3
Turnout 29,082 51.8
 
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