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 Inverness East Nairn & Lochaber
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Stewart Labour 15,605 36.8 +2.9
Angus MacNeil SNP 10,889 25.6 -3.4
Patsy Kenton Liberal Democrat 9,420 22.2 +4.7
Richard Jenkins Conservative 5,653 13.3 -4.2
Steven Arnott Scottish Socialist 894 2.1  
Majority 4,716 11.1
Turnout 42,461 63.2 -9.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.1% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.5% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 6.1% from SNP to Labour

Description
Geographically, this is the second largest constituency in the country, stretching from Mallaig on the west coast along the Great Glen to Inverness on the east. It takes in Fort William, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorms, the Aviemore ski resort and salmon and whisky country on the river Spey, making it a prime region for tourists. Off-shore oil industries are common around Inverness, and although demand for off-shore services is now declining new light industries are emerging.

Transport is a major concern for the people of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber: they have been particularly affected by high fuel prices and are also campaigning for the reinstatement of the air link between Heathrow and Inverness airports.

It was held by the Liberals/Alliance/LibDems from 1964 when Sir Russell Johnston took it from the Tories until David Stewart won it for Labour in 1997. This was the only constituency that the SNP managed to win in the Scottish Parliament elections which they did not already hold in Westminster.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Inverness East Nairn & Lochaber
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat
Name Party Votes %
David Stewart Labour 16,187 33.9
Fergus Ewing SNP 13,848 29.0
Stephen Gallagher Liberal Democrat 8,364 17.5
Mary Scanlon Conservative 8,355 17.5
Winnona Wall Referendum 436 0.9
Murray Falconer Green 354 0.7
Daniel Hart Independent 224 0.5
Majority 2,339 4.9
Turnout 47,768 72.7
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Inverness East Nairn & Lochaber
SNP win
Name Party Votes %
Fergus Ewing SNP 13,825 33.1
Joan Aitken Labour 13,366 32.0
Donnie Fraser Liberal Democrat 8,508 20.4
Mary Scanlon Conservative 6,107 14.6
Majority 459 1.1
Turnout 41,806 62.5
 
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