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Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
After over 30 years of Liberal representation in the distinctive figure of Sir Russell Johnston, times have moved on in this vast seat, and the main contenders are now Labour, represented by Westminster MP David Stewart, and the SNP, for whom Fergus Ewing, he of a famous Nationalist family, won the seat in the Scottish Parliament elections, by just 441 votes. Another tight Labour - SNP battle may be expected next time, but with Stewart standing again and Ewing presumably not, as all sitting SNP MPs have announced their attention to leave Westminster now they are in Edinburgh, the incumbency factor will work heftily in Labour's favour. Incumbency should not be underestimated here, as though physically huge, this serves to increase the importance of personal contact, the knowledge of local issues and the perception of how to do something about them. Russell Johnston was MP here for 30 years, and the subsequent decline of the Liberal Democrats indicates that it was by no means party loyalty that kept him in. Stewart may be able to benefit from a similar pattern. It requires hard work which must be put in, but others have done this in far northern seats (Maclennan in Caithness, Kennedy in Ross, Wallace in Orkney/Shetland) and notched up decades as members, retiring at the time of their choice. not at the behest of the electors.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Stewart, elected in 1997, is a local man, born 1956, educated at Inverness High School and Paisley College, who was a social worker with Inverness-based Highland Regional Council. His focus is local, on beef farming, oil-rig construction and EU Objective Funding. A loyalist, he also campaigns on behalf of diabetes. With only a third of the voters electing him in 1997 and the seat lost to the SNP in the 1999 Scottish elections, he is vulnerable to the Nationalist Angus MacNeil, a native Gaelic-speaker, born 1970, educated in Barra and Stornoway in the Western Isles and at Strathclyde University and Jordanhill Teacher Training College - whence to primary school teaching.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.21% 14.99% 88.13
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 15.03% 2.13% 706.97
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.83% 2.49% 73.41
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.41% 4.43% 99.71
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.72% 7.27% 133.67
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.06% 2.56% 80.45
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.30% 2.04% 14.72
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.40% 3.94% 86.28
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.92% 13.04% 83.75
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.81% 12.70% 22.16
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.87% 8.14% 72.10
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.73% 4.02% 67.91
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.90% 3.19% 59.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.65% 11.31% 182.56
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.70% 3.06% 88.19
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.36% 2.52% 93.57
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.09% 0.06% 141.75
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.89% 9.41% 94.48
5-10K 17.60% 16.63% 105.82
10-15K 18.15% 16.58% 109.48
15-20K 14.83% 13.58% 109.17
20-25K 11.08% 10.39% 106.63
25-30K 8.00% 7.77% 102.90
30-35K 5.71% 5.79% 98.57
35-40K 4.07% 4.33% 94.02
40-45K 2.92% 3.27% 89.48
45-50K 2.11% 2.48% 85.05
50-55K 1.54% 1.90% 80.83
55-60K 1.13% 1.47% 76.84
60-65K 0.84% 1.15% 73.09
65-70K 0.63% 0.91% 69.59
70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 66.32
75-80K 0.36% 0.57% 63.28
80-85K 0.28% 0.46% 60.45
85-90K 0.22% 0.37% 57.81
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 55.36
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 53.07
100K + 0.56% 1.34% 41.90

Local Map of the constituency
Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.69%) SNP (3.89%)
Conservative (-  6.01%) Liberal Democrat (-  9.19%)
Labour (2.86%) Liberal Democrat (4.68%)
Conservative (-  4.18%) SNP (-  3.35%)
Con - 6.01%
Lab 10.69%
LD - 9.19%
SNP 3.89%
Con - 4.18%
Lab 2.86%
LD 4.68%
SNP - 3.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Stewart
Labour hold
Con Conservative (13.31%) 5,653 13.31%
Lab Labour (36.75%) 15,605 36.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.19%) 9,420 22.19%
SNP SNP (25.64%) 10,889 25.64%
Oth Other (2.11%) 894 2.11%
Maj Majority (11.11%) 4,716 11.11%
Turn Turnout (63.24%) 42,461 63.24%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Stewart
Labour hold
SSP Steve Arnott 894 2.11%
C Richard Jenkins 5,653 13.31%
LD Patsy Kenton 9,420 22.19%
SNP Angus MacNeil 10,889 25.64%
L David Stewart 15,605 36.75%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Stewart
Labour gain
Con Conservative (17.49%) 8,355 17.49%
Lab Labour (33.89%) 16,187 33.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.51%) 8,364 17.51%
SNP SNP (28.99%) 13,848 28.99%
Ref Referendum (0.91%) 436 0.91%
Oth Other (1.21%) 578 1.21%
Maj Majority (4.90%) 2,339 4.90%
Turn Turnout (72.71%) 47,768 72.71%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (23.50%) 10,777 23.50%
Lab Labour (23.20%) 10,633 23.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.70%) 12,249 26.70%
SNP SNP (25.10%) 11,513 25.10%
Oth Other (1.60%) 720 1.60%
Maj Majority (1.60%) 736 1.60%
Turn Turnout (72.48%) 45,892 72.48%

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