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

Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Charles Kennedy is now leader of the Liberal Democrats, and this should make his grip on his vast Highlands home seat even more comfortable after 18 years as an MP (and he is still only 41). However, he scarcely needs the added personal kudos. In the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections the much less well known John Farquhar-Munro held the constituency for the party even against the formidable Donnie Munro, a broadcaster and former Rector of Edinburgh University (a post elected by the students, and thus conferring a specific type of legitimacy; often such posts in Scottish institutions of higher learning are occupied by comedians). Donnie Munro has given way to a new Labour candidate, Donald Crichton, and there is no reason to believe he will do any better among the canny and mature electorate of Ross, Skye and Inverness West.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Charles Kennedy, an MP at 23 and his Party's leader at 39 (in 1999), will, at the age of 78 in 2031 have overtaken Lloyd George's record of 55 years as an MP. Suffering, as all leaders of his party tend to, from not being taken seriously, he comes anyway with a reputation for not taking himself seriously. Victor in the leadership race over fellow bachelor (but more tortured) Simon Hughes, he is seen as less pro-Labour than Paddy Ashdown, but as with all Liberal Democrats, he has to weave between left and right, and to be nominally 'anti-Labour' is no bad thing with Europhile, but anti-Labour, disillusioned Conservative votes to secure. Born in 1959, a crofter's son of Catholic origins, he attended Lochaber High School, Fort William and Glasgow and Indiana Universities. Unlike most of his rural seat colleagues he votes the full abolition line on hunting.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.68% 14.99% 84.59
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 21.59% 2.13% 1,015.26
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.39% 2.49% 15.52
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.26% 4.43% 73.73
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.83% 7.27% 66.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.41% 2.56% 54.92
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.01% 2.04% 0.68
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.02% 3.94% 25.83
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.90% 13.04% 83.57
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.57% 12.70% 20.21
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.59% 8.14% 105.49
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.97% 4.02% 24.15
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.34% 3.19% 104.90
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 14.11% 11.31% 124.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.66% 3.06% 87.01
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 11.67% 2.52% 463.45
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 10.66% 9.41% 113.22
5-10K 19.32% 16.63% 116.15
10-15K 18.60% 16.58% 112.21
15-20K 14.46% 13.58% 106.47
20-25K 10.43% 10.39% 100.39
25-30K 7.35% 7.77% 94.53
30-35K 5.16% 5.79% 89.06
35-40K 3.64% 4.33% 84.05
40-45K 2.60% 3.27% 79.48
45-50K 1.87% 2.48% 75.32
50-55K 1.36% 1.90% 71.53
55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 68.07
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 64.91
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 62.01
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.35
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 56.89
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 54.62
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 52.51
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 50.56
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 48.74
100K + 0.54% 1.34% 39.81

Local Map of the constituency
Ross, Skye & Inverness West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ross, Skye & Inverness West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.76%) Liberal Democrat (0.02%) SNP (0.77%)
Conservative (- 10.97%)
Liberal Democrat (17.20%)
Conservative (-  1.74%) Labour (- 11.20%) SNP (-  5.02%)
Con - 10.97%
Lab 9.76%
LD 0.02%
SNP 0.77%
Con - 1.74%
Lab - 11.20%
LD 17.20%
SNP - 5.02%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Charles Kennedy
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (9.19%) 3,096 9.19%
Lab Labour (17.46%) 5,880 17.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (55.93%) 18,832 55.93%
SNP SNP (14.55%) 4,901 14.55%
Oth Other (2.86%) 964 2.86%
Maj Majority (38.46%) 12,952 38.46%
Turn Turnout (59.58%) 33,673 59.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Charles Kennedy
Liberal Democrat hold
CN James Crawford 265 0.79%
L Donald Crichton 5,880 17.46%
LD Charles Kennedy 18,832 55.93%
C Angus Laing 3,096 9.19%
G Eleanor Scott 699 2.08%
SNP Jean Urquhart 4,901 14.55%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Charles Kennedy
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (10.93%) 4,368 10.93%
Lab Labour (28.66%) 11,453 28.66%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.72%) 15,472 38.72%
SNP SNP (19.57%) 7,821 19.57%
Ref Referendum (1.34%) 535 1.34%
Oth Other (0.77%) 306 0.77%
Maj Majority (10.06%) 4,019 10.06%
Turn Turnout (71.81%) 39,955 71.81%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (21.90%) 8,452 21.90%
Lab Labour (18.90%) 7,296 18.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.70%) 14,957 38.70%
SNP SNP (18.80%) 7,276 18.80%
Oth Other (1.80%) 688 1.80%
Maj Majority (16.80%) 6,505 16.80%
Turn Turnout (73.22%) 38,669 73.22%

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