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Perth & Kinross

The Result

Electorate: 104,500
Area (Hectares): 531,146

This is a relatively prosperous and largely rural constituency. It consists of both fertile lowland areas with successful livestock and fruit-growing sectors and the Grampian Mountains in the north. The beautiful scenery benefits the tourist industry and the region as a whole enjoys relatively low unemployment.

The prosperous rural character of the region means that it is politically conservative. The parliamentary seat of Perth and Kinross (now called just Perth) was held by the Conservatives until May 1995, when the SNP won the by-election caused by the death of sitting MP, Sir Nicholas Fairburn. Roseanna Cunningham retained the seat for the SNP at the 1997 General Election. The council is also controlled by the SNP.

Results of 1979 referendum:

The regions were different in 1979, Perth & Kinross was part of Tayside.
Yes No Turnout
All Scotland 51.6% 48.3% 63.8%
Tayside 49.5% 50.4% 63.8%

ICM/Scotsman poll published on 22 August 1997:

Question: Should there be a Scottish Parliament?

Yes No Don't know
All Scotland 68% 21% 11%
Highland, Grampian & Tayside 63% 26% 11%

Question:Should a Scottish Parliament have tax-varying powers?

Yes No Don't know
All Scotland 56% 36% 8%
Highland, Grampian & Tayside 48% 41% 11%

(Total Sample Size: 1,001, Fieldwork: 19-20 August 1997)

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