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 Midlothian
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Hamilton Labour 15,145 52.7 -0.8
Ian Goldie SNP 6,131 21.3 -4.2
Jacquie Bell Liberal Democrat 3,686 12.8 +3.6
Robin Traquair Conservative 2,748 9.6 -1.3
Robert Goupillot Scottish Socialist 837 2.9  
John Holden ProLife Alliance 177 0.6  
Majority 9,014 31.4
Turnout 28,724 59.1 -15.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.7% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 6.4% from SNP to Labour

Description
The county of Midlothian is an ancient one and lies just south east of the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. The main towns are Penicuik, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Loanhead and Gorebridge.

This seat contains the heart of the former Midlothian coalfield and although mining is in terminal decline the area is still predominantly industrial and working-class. New industries include precision engineering, electronics, crystal glass manufacture and printing, whilst the longer established paper-making industry is also in decline. Tourists travelling through the seat are rewarded by the presence of Dalkeith Palace, the famously elaborate Rosslyn Chapel and the less ornate Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange.

This seat has been held by Labour since 1955. Fittingly for a seat where the main industry used to be coal mining, both sitting MP Eric Clarke and MP from 1966 to 1992 Alex Eadie were former miners. All the seats, but one (which is held by the Liberal Democrats) on the conterminous Midlothian Council are currently held by the Labour Party.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Midlothian
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Eric Clarke Labour 18,861 53.5
Lawrence Millar SNP 8,991 25.5
Anne Harper Conservative 3,842 10.9
Richard Pinnock Liberal Democrat 3,235 9.2
Keith Docking Referendum 320 0.9
Majority 9,870 28.0
Turnout 35,249 74.1
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Midlothian
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Rhona Brankin Labour 14,467 48.6
Angus Robertson SNP 8,942 30.1
John Elder Liberal Democrat 3,184 10.7
George Turnbull Conservative 2,544 8.5
Douglas Pryde Independent 618 2.0
Majority 5,525 18.5
Turnout 29,755 60.8
 
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