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 Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michael Moore Liberal Democrat 14,035 42.3 +11.1
Keith Geddes Labour 8,878 26.7 -0.7
Andrew Brocklehurst Conservative 5,118 15.4 -6.7
Richard Thomson SNP 4,108 12.4 -4.7
Norman Lockhart Scottish Socialist 695 2.1  
John Hein Liberal Party 383 1.2 +0.2
Majority 5,157 15.5
Turnout 33,217 63.9 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.9% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.0% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 1.1% from Labour to Liberal Democrat

Description
The Borders area is very rural with a low population density, no railway station and poor road links. The largest towns in the constituency are Penicuik, Galashiels, Peebles and Selkirk.

The economy is dependent on a narrow range of industries including textiles, electronics and agriculture. The decline in all of these industries has caused great economic problems over recent years. Nearly 1,000 jobs were lost when the US electronics firm Viasystems pulled the plug on their Selkirk and Galashiels factories.

The future of the area would look brighter if the campaign for the restoration of the rail link from Edinburgh to Carlisle known as the "Waverley Line" was successful. The Scottish Executive announced a £1.9m grant to the Scottish Borders Council in November 2000 to help it prepare a parliamentary order and examine funding opportunities for re-opening the line.

The Liberal Democrats’ Michael Moore won this seat in 1997 following the retirement of former Liberal leader Sir David Steel, with a majority of just 3.8%.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Michael Moore Liberal Democrat 12,178 31.2
Keith Geddes Labour 10,689 27.4
Alister Jack Conservative 8,623 22.1
Ian Goldie SNP 6,671 17.1
Christopher Mowbray Referendum 406 1.0
John Hein Liberal Party 387 1.0
Duncan Paterson Natural Law 47 0.1
Majority 1,489 3.8
Turnout 39,001 76.3
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale
Liberal Democrat win
Name Party Votes %
Ian Jenkins Liberal Democrat 12,078 35.8
Christine Creech SNP 7,600 22.5
George McGregor Labour 7,546 22.4
John Campbell Conservative 6,491 19.3
Majority 4,478 13.3
Turnout 33,715 64.7
 
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