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 Roxburgh & Berwickshire
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Archy Kirkwood Liberal Democrat 14,044 48.8 +2.3
George Turnbull Conservative 6,533 22.7 -1.2
Catherine Maxwell Stuart Labour 4,498 15.6 +0.6
Roderick Campbell SNP 2,806 9.7 -1.6
Amanda Millar Scottish Socialist 463 1.6  
Peter Neilson UK Independence 453 1.6 +1.0
Majority 7,511 26.1
Turnout 28,797 61.2 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.7% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.9% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 6.6% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat

Description
Although the landscape of this seat is mainly rural, it does include the sizeable market towns of Hawick, Kelso and Jedburghy. Hawick is the largest of all the Borders towns, and like the others grew up on the textile trade, with tweed cloth being the prime export, and has been the home of the Lyle & Scott and Pringle knitwear companies since the nineteenth century.

The decline in the textile industry has hit this seat and the neighbouring seat of Tweedale, Ettrick and Lauderdale hard.

Kelso has a certain Georgian elegance about it, and this together with a famous ruined abbey brings a fair number of tourists to the area. Tourism is also helped by the presence of parts of the Kielder Forest and the Cheviot hills. The historic tradition of holding an annual "Common Riding" is a feature of many Scottish Borders towns, Hawick is no different, but has hit the headlines in recent years due to growing protests at its ban on female horse-riders taking part in the event.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Roxburgh & Berwickshire
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Archy Kirkwood Liberal Democrat 16,243 46.5
Douglas Younger Conservative 8,337 23.9
Helen Eadie Labour 5,226 15.0
Malcolm Balfour SNP 3,959 11.3
John Curtis Referendum 922 2.6
P T Neilson UK Independence 202 0.6
David Lucas Natural Law 42 0.1
Majority 7,906 22.6
Turnout 34,931 73.9
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Roxburgh & Berwickshire
Liberal Democrat win
Name Party Votes %
Euan Robson Liberal Democrat 11,320 40.6
Alasdair Hutton Conservative 7,735 27.7
Stuart Crawford SNP 4,719 16.9
Suzanne McLeod Labour 4,102 14.7
Majority 3,585 12.9
Turnout 27,876 58.0
 
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