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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The longest-serving Liberal Democrat MP (though his 34 years in the Commons include spells under the banners of Labour and the SDP as well as the Lib Dems), Robert Maclennan, has finally announced his retirement. In the individual politics of the most northern constituency on the British mainland, nothing can ever be taken for granted, but given that a non-Maclennan held this seat in the 1999 Scottish parliament elections, and that by a 17pc margin over a close thing for second place between Labour and the SNP, the favourite should be his nominated Liberal Democrat successor, Viscount (John) Thurso, who, as his name implies, has impeccable local credentials.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retirement of veteran MP Robert MacLennan, the Liberal Democrats have reached into their topmost drawer and unearthed old Etonian local landowner, John Thurso as their new candidate. Actually, 'Sir John Archibald Sinclair, 3rd Viscount Thurso, and 6th Baronet of Ulbster,' he is the grandson of former Liberal Party leader Sir Archibald Sinclair, Air Minister in Churchill's wartime coalition and MP here 1922-45. A beneficiary of reform enabling discarded hereditary peers to stand for the Commons, and sporter of a Kitchener-style military moustache redolent of a Victorian melodrama, he comes with multiple directorships (in banking, fishing, catering and fitness), a castle, and membership of Brooks, and will, on reaching the House, double the number of Lib Dem Old Etonians from one to two.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.82% 14.99% 32.15
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 20.34% 2.13% 956.53
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.43% 2.49% 17.15
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.74% 4.43% 84.46
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.31% 7.27% 31.70
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.07% 2.56% 2.86
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.08% 3.94% 2.10
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.25% 13.04% 124.65
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.29% 12.70% 33.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.52% 8.14% 153.73
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.93% 4.02% 48.07
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.85% 3.19% 120.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.25% 11.31% 161.39
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.61% 3.06% 52.68
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 9.51% 2.52% 377.61
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.90% 9.41% 105.12
5-10K 19.67% 16.63% 118.24
10-15K 19.49% 16.58% 117.56
15-20K 15.15% 13.58% 111.55
20-25K 10.78% 10.39% 103.68
25-30K 7.43% 7.77% 95.54
30-35K 5.08% 5.79% 87.79
35-40K 3.50% 4.33% 80.68
40-45K 2.43% 3.27% 74.27
45-50K 1.70% 2.48% 68.55
50-55K 1.21% 1.90% 63.46
55-60K 0.87% 1.47% 58.92
60-65K 0.63% 1.15% 54.86
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 51.23
70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 47.97
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.02
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 42.35
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.93
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 37.72
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 35.70
100K + 0.36% 1.34% 26.50

Local Map of the constituency
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.24%) SNP (4.60%)
Conservative (- 10.81%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.81%)
Conservative (3.34%) Liberal Democrat (0.77%)
Labour (-  2.52%) SNP (-  1.80%)
Con - 10.81%
Lab 12.24%
LD - 8.81%
SNP 4.60%
Con 3.34%
Lab - 2.52%
LD 0.77%
SNP - 1.80%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Thurso
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (14.13%) 3,513 14.13%
Lab Labour (25.32%) 6,297 25.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (36.36%) 9,041 36.36%
SNP SNP (21.20%) 5,273 21.20%
Oth Other (2.99%) 743 2.99%
Maj Majority (11.03%) 2,744 11.03%
Turn Turnout (60.32%) 24,867 60.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Thurso
Liberal Democrat hold
I Gordon Campbell 199 0.80%
SSP Karn Mabon 544 2.19%
SNP John Macadam 5,273 21.20%
L Michael Meighan 6,297 25.32%
C Robert Rowantree 3,513 14.13%
LD John Thurso 9,041 36.36%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Maclennan
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (10.79%) 3,148 10.79%
Lab Labour (27.84%) 8,122 27.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.59%) 10,381 35.59%
SNP SNP (23.00%) 6,710 23.00%
Ref Referendum (1.26%) 369 1.26%
Oth Other (1.52%) 442 1.52%
Maj Majority (7.74%) 2,259 7.74%
Turn Turnout (70.18%) 29,172 70.18%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (21.60%) 6,391 21.60%
Lab Labour (15.60%) 4,629 15.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (44.40%) 13,150 44.40%
SNP SNP (18.40%) 5,440 18.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (22.80%) 6,759 22.80%
Turn Turnout (71.66%) 29,610 71.66%

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