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 Perth
SNP SNP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Annabelle Ewing SNP 11,237 29.7 -6.7
Liz Smith Conservative 11,189 29.6 +0.3
Marion Dingwall Labour 9,638 25.5 +0.7
Vicki Harris Liberal Democrat 4,853 12.8 +4.8
Frank Byrne Scottish Socialist 899 2.4  
Majority 48 0.1
Turnout 37,816 61.5 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.5% from SNP to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.2% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 2.6% from SNP to Conservative

Description
This is a relatively prosperous, largely rural, lowland constituency on the fringe of the Highlands with successful livestock and fruit-growing sectors reliant on its good soil quality. The beautiful scenery also aids tourism, and the constituency as a whole enjoys relatively low unemployment.

This combination of small prosperous towns and rich agricultural land would seem like natural Conservative territory and in the past it was. The Tories held Perth’s predecessor seats for most of the post-war period with the exception of the period between October 1974 and 1979, when Douglas Crawford held Perth & East Perthshire for the SNP.

At the by-election following the death of the flamboyant Conservative MP for Perth & Kinross, Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, in 1995, the SNP’s Roseanna Cunningham won with an 11.5% swing from the Conservatives. She held the seat at the 1997 general election, making Perth the first SNP by-election win that has not been reversed at the following general election.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Perth
SNP gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Roseanna Cunningham SNP 16,209 36.4
John Godfrey Conservative 13,068 29.3
Douglas Alexander Labour 11,036 24.8
Chic Brodie Liberal Democrat 3,583 8.0
Robert MacAuley Referendum 366 0.8
Matthew Henderson UK Independence 289 0.6
Majority 3,141 7.1
Turnout 44,551 73.9
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Perth
SNP win
Name Party Votes %
Roseanna Cunningham SNP 13,570 36.3
Ian Stevenson Conservative 11,543 30.9
Jillian Richards Labour 8,725 23.3
Chic Brodie Liberal Democrat 3,558 9.5
Majority 2,027 5.4
Turnout 37,396 60.6
 
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