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 Moray
SNP SNP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Angus Robertson SNP 10,076 30.3 -11.3
Catriona Munro Labour 8,332 25.1 +5.3
Frank Spencer-Nairn Conservative 7,677 23.1 -4.5
Linda Gorn Liberal Democrat 5,224 15.7 +6.8
Norma Anderson Scottish Socialist 821 2.5  
Bill Jappy Independent 802 2.4  
Nigel Kenyon UK Independence 291 0.9  
Majority 1,744 5.2
Turnout 33,223 57.3 -10.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 8.3% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.9% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 3.5% from SNP to Labour

Description
As one would expect in a rural and coastal seat, the local economy of Moray relies heavily upon farming, forestry and fishing. It is also at the heart of whisky-producing country, with distilleries producing the notable Speyside malts of Glenlivet, Dufftown, Aberlour, Knockando and Balvenie. The largest town in the seat is Elgin, an appealing market town which attracts its fair share of tourists. A more surprising and decidedly less conventional magnet for visitors, however, is the Findhorn Foundation - an holistic community which has drawn the more moneyed hippy and spiritualist types from all over the world to Findhorn since it was established in the 1970s.

Mrs Margaret Ewing re-took Moray for the SNP in 1987 after eight years of Tory rule. She was following in her mother-in-law's footsteps; Mrs Winnie Ewing, now an MSP, held the seat for the SNP from 1974 until 1979.

Margaret Ewing is standing down from Westminster at this election to focus on the Scottish Parliament.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Moray
SNP hold
Name Party Votes %
Margaret Ewing SNP 16,529 41.6
Andrew Findlay Conservative 10,963 27.6
Lewis Macdonald Labour 7,886 19.8
Debra Storr Liberal Democrat 3,548 8.9
Paddy Mieklejohn Referendum 840 2.1
Majority 5,566 14.0
Turnout 39,766 68.2
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Moray
SNP win
Name Party Votes %
Margaret Ewing SNP 13,027 38.8
Ali Farquharson Labour 8,898 26.5
Andrew Findlay Conservative 8,595 25.6
Patsy Kenton Liberal Democrat 3,056 9.1
Majority 4,129 12.3
Turnout 33,576 56.8
 
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