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 Edinburgh West
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Barrett Liberal Democrat 16,719 42.4 -0.8
Elspeth Alexandra Labour 9,130 23.1 +4.3
Iain Whyte Conservative 8,894 22.5 -5.5
Alyn Smith SNP 4,047 10.3 +1.5
Bill Scott Scottish Socialist 688 1.7  
Majority 7,589 19.2
Turnout 39,478 63.8 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Liberal Democrat to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.9% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 2.0% from Labour to Liberal Democrat

Description
Edinburgh West is perhaps the most solidly middle-class seat in what is essentially a very middle-class city.

There are few poor areas in the constituency which is typified by places like the old village of Cramond and Dalmeny - the seat of the earls of Rosebery. The affluent village of Corstorphine will be well known to anyone who has ever sat in traffic jams on the way in or out of Edinburgh.

However, boundary changes in 1997 brought more working class areas such as the Muirhouse housing scheme.

Notable landmarks in the West constituency include the southern ends of the Forth road and rail bridges and Edinburgh's Turnhouse airport.

The Liberal Democrats finally succeeded in winning this seat from Conservative Lord James Douglas-Hamilton in 1997 after coming close in the three previous elections.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Edinburgh West
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Donald Gorrie Liberal Democrat 20,578 43.2
James Douglas-Hamilton Conservative 13,325 28.0
Lesley Hinds Labour 8,948 18.8
Graham Sutherland SNP 4,210 8.8
Stephen Elphick Referendum 277 0.6
Paul Coombes Liberal Party 263 0.6
Antony Jack Independent 30 0.1
Majority 7,253 15.2
Turnout 47,631 77.9
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Edinburgh West
Liberal Democrat win
Name Party Votes %
Margaret Smith Liberal Democrat 15,161 36.5
James Douglas-Hamilton Conservative 10,578 25.4
Carol Fox Labour 8,860 21.3
Graham Sutherland SNP 6,984 16.8
Majority 4,583 11.1
Turnout 41,583 66.6
 
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