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Banff & Buchan
Scottish National Party hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The north east corner of the old Grampian region includes predominantly rural territory but also the seaside/fishing towns of Peterhead, with its grim prison, and Fraserburgh, reputed to have an unusually serious and widespread illegal drug-consumption problem for a small community. These areas have generally seen SNP successes since the 1970s, and further recent restrictions of fishing quotas will make no difference to this. This remains a safe Scottish Nationalist seat for the SNP's long-time leader Alex Salmond, canny, respected and popular, locally at least.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alex Salmond, SNP Leader 1990-2000, decided to reverse his decision to join his five Westminster colleagues in ditching the Commons for the Scottish Parliament, so as to give effective leadership to the team of SNP novices likely to be elected in their place. Born 1954, an adenoidal product of a Linlithgow council estate, he attended Linlithgow Academy and St Andrews University, where, prompted by its heavily Anglicised culture, he joined the SNP. Elected MP in 1987 and Leader by 1990, he set the party on a supposedly ‘social democratic' trajectory in order to break into Labour's industrial heartlands and rid the SNP of its ‘Tartan Tory' tag. Sardonic in the manner of many nationalist politicians, his claim to be ‘one of the few practising Anglophiles in Scottish politics' belies a developing Anglophobia in Scotland. He followed Robin Cook as a racing tipster in the Glasgow Herald.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.39% 14.99% 22.63
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 11.34% 2.13% 533.54
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.89% 4.43% 87.91
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.67% 7.27% 105.40
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.10% 2.56% 4.04
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.59% 3.94% 15.04
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.20% 13.04% 101.23
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.53% 12.70% 90.76
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.38% 8.14% 152.07
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.41% 4.02% 10.24
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.48% 3.19% 203.34
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.01% 11.31% 176.93
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.31% 3.06% 75.56
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.68% 2.52% 265.31
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 9.29% 9.41% 98.64
£5-10K 16.94% 16.63% 101.82
£10-15K 17.26% 16.58% 104.08
£15-20K 14.28% 13.58% 105.11
£20-25K 10.90% 10.39% 104.87
£25-30K 8.06% 7.77% 103.62
£30-35K 5.89% 5.79% 101.67
£35-40K 4.30% 4.33% 99.26
£40-45K 3.15% 3.27% 96.60
£45-50K 2.33% 2.48% 93.81
£50-55K 1.73% 1.90% 90.99
£55-60K 1.30% 1.47% 88.20
£60-65K 0.98% 1.15% 85.48
£65-70K 0.75% 0.91% 82.85
£70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 80.32
£75-80K 0.45% 0.57% 77.91
£80-85K 0.35% 0.46% 75.61
£85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 73.42
£90-95K 0.22% 0.31% 71.34
£95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 69.36
£100K + 0.79% 1.34% 58.88

Local Map of the constituency
Banff & Buchan - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Banff & Buchan - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.21%) Liberal Democrat (0.07%) SNP (4.97%)
Conservative (- 10.90%)
Labour (2.35%) Liberal Democrat (3.02%)
Conservative (-  3.66%) SNP (-  1.53%)
Con - 10.90%
Lab 3.21%
LD 0.07%
SNP 4.97%
Con - 3.66%
Lab 2.35%
LD 3.02%
SNP - 1.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alex Salmond
Scottish National Party hold
Con Conservative (20.15%) 6,207 20.15%
Lab Labour (14.16%) 4,363 14.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.99%) 2,769 8.99%
SNP SNP (54.24%) 16,710 54.24%
Oth Other (2.46%) 757 2.46%
Maj Majority (34.09%) 10,503 34.09%
Turn Turnout (54.53%) 30,806 54.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alex Salmond
Scottish National Party hold
UK Eric Davidson 310 1.01%
L Edward Harris 4,363 14.16%
LD Douglas Herbison 2,769 8.99%
SSP Alice Rowan 447 1.45%
SNP Alex Salmond 16,710 54.24%
C Alexander Wallace 6,207 20.15%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alex Salmond
Scottish National Party
Con Conservative (23.80%) 9,564 23.80%
Lab Labour (11.81%) 4,747 11.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.97%) 2,398 5.97%
SNP SNP (55.77%) 22,409 55.77%
Ref Referendum (2.64%) 1,060 2.64%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (31.97%) 12,845 31.97%
Turn Turnout (68.69%) 40,178 68.69%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Scottish National Party
Con Conservative (34.70%) 14,156 34.70%
Lab Labour (8.60%) 3,501 8.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.90%) 2,387 5.90%
SNP SNP (50.80%) 20,724 50.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (16.10%) 6,568 16.10%
Turn Turnout (70.27%) 40,768 70.27%

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