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 Edinburgh East & Musselburgh
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gavin Strang Labour 18,124 52.6 -1.0
Rob Munn SNP 5,956 17.3 -1.8
Gary Peacock Liberal Democrat 4,981 14.5 +3.8
Peter Finnie Conservative 3,906 11.3 -4.1
Derek Durkin Scottish Socialist 1,487 4.3  
Majority 12,168 35.3
Turnout 34,454 58.2 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.5% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 8.6% from SNP to Labour

Description
This constituency stretches from the Port of Leith along the Firth of Forth, taking in the Victorian seaside resort of Portobello with its long sandy beach, to Musselburgh an old fishing village.

Like many Scottish constituencies, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh is a mixture of high quality housing, some on private estates, and more run-down council housing - in areas like Craigmillar and Niddrie. The Craigmillar estate is undergoing a radical redevelopment, with the demolition, replanning and rebuilding of the estate.

This seat has been held by Labour since 1935, and by sitting MP Dr Gavin Strang since 1970. The SNP jumped from third to second place at the last general election, overtaking the Conservatives. However the Nationalists still trailed Labour in 1997 by over 14,000 votes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Edinburgh East & Musselburgh
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Gavin Strang Labour 22,564 53.6
Derrick White SNP 8,034 19.1
Kenneth Ward Conservative 6,483 15.4
Callum MacKellar Liberal Democrat 4,511 10.7
James Sibbet Referendum 526 1.2
Majority 14,530 34.5
Turnout 42,118 70.6
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Edinburgh East & Musselburgh
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Susan Deacon Labour 17,086 46.2
Kenny MacAskill SNP 10,372 28.0
Jeremy Balfour Conservative 4,600 12.4
Marjorie Thomas Liberal Democrat 4,100 11.1
Derrick White Scottish Socialist 697 1.9
Michael Heavey Independent 134 0.4
Majority 6,714 18.2
Turnout 36,989 60.9
 
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