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 Tayside North
SNP SNP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Wishart SNP 15,441 40.1 -4.7
Murdo Fraser Conservative 12,158 31.6 -4.1
Thomas Docherty Labour 5,715 14.8 +3.5
Julia Robertson Liberal Democrat 4,365 11.3 +3.1
Rosie Adams Scottish Socialist 620 1.6  
Tina MacDonald Independent 220 0.6  
Majority 3,283 8.5
Turnout 38,519 62.5 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.3% from SNP to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.8% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 1.2% from SNP to Conservative

Description
This is a beautiful part of Scotland which is popular with tourists and includes a host of famous place-names, for example, Pitlochry, Forfar and Blairgowrie. The southern borders near Perth are the most populous.

Further inland there are large forests, lochs and plenty of opportunities for skiing in winter. Tourism, agriculture and forestry are the main industries.

The seat of Tayside North was created in 1983 from parts of Perth & East Perthshire and Angus South. Both these seats were won by the SNP in 1974 but regained by the Conservatives in 1979. Tayside North was represented by the outspoken unionist and eurosceptic Bill Walker from 1983 until 1997 when it was won by the SNPís John Swinney (who also holds the seat in the Scottish Parliament).

On Alex Salmondís resignation as SNP leader in the summer of 2000, his then deputy, John Swinney was elected leader. Mr Swinney is standing down as an MP in this election.

His successor as SNP candidate is Pete Wishart, keyboard player with the successful Scottish rock band Runrig. The bandís former lead singer Donnie Munro has contested several elections for Labour.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tayside North
SNP gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
John Swinney SNP 20,447 44.8
Bill Walker Conservative 16,287 35.7
Ian McFatridge Labour 5,141 11.3
Peter Regent Liberal Democrat 3,716 8.2
Majority 4,160 9.1
Turnout 45,591 74.3
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Tayside North
SNP win
Name Party Votes %
John Swinney SNP 16,786 44.1
Murdo Fraser Conservative 12,594 33.1
Marion Dingwall Labour 5,727 15.0
Peter Regent Liberal Democrat 2,948 7.7
Majority 4,192 11.0
Turnout 38,055 60.9
 
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