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 Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Charles Kennedy Liberal Democrat 18,832 54.1 +15.4
Donald Crichton Labour 5,880 16.9 -11.8
Jean Urquhart SNP 4,901 14.1 -5.5
Angus Laing Conservative 3,096 8.9 -2.0
Eleanor Scott Green 699 2.0 +1.2
Stuart Topp Scottish Socialist 683 2.0  
Philip Anderson UK Independence 456 1.3  
James Crawford Countryside 265 0.8  
Majority 12,952 37.2
Turnout 34,812 61.6 -10.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 13.6% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.9% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 16.5% from Labour to Liberal Democrat

Description
This is the UK's largest constituency, covering an enormous 2 million acres over the sparsely populated Highlands and Islands. Topographically it has all the details one would expect of a remote Highland region. It has lochs, glens, islands and mountains a-plenty, facilitating healthy tourism, farming and fishing industries. Oil also plays an important part in the local economy, as does whisky distilling and bottling. The farms, especially in the Black Isle area, are generally very prosperous and many of the seat's inhabitants are comfortably off. There is a substantial number of Gaelic speakers.

The current Westminster MP here is Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrat Leader since August 1999. Party political allegiances are not strong here: as with most of the Highland seats the contest here has much to do with the personalities of the candidates.

Highland Councillor John Munro won the seat for the Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament with a narrow majority of 4.3% (1,539 votes).

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Charles Kennedy Liberal Democrat 15,472 38.7
Donnie Munro Labour 11,453 28.7
Margaret Paterson SNP 7,821 19.6
Mary Macleod Conservative 4,368 10.9
Les Durance Referendum 535 1.3
Alan Hopkins Green 306 0.8
Majority 4,019 10.1
Turnout 39,955 71.6
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Liberal Democrat win
Name Party Votes %
John Farquar-Munro Liberal Democrat 11,652 32.9
Donnie Munro Labour 10,113 28.6
Jim Mather SNP 7,997 22.6
John Scott Conservative 3,351 9.5
Douglas Briggs Independent 2,302 7.0
Majority 1,539 4.3
Turnout 35,415 62.8
 
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