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The Result

Electorate: 65,378
Area (Hectares): 223,823

Moray stretches from the North Sea coast in the north to the Cairngorm mountains in the south. It includes a large stretch of coastline, the River Spey and the towns of Elgin and Buckie. As one would expect in a rural and coastal region the economy is largely dependent on farming, fishing and forestry and the region's famous whiskey distilleries.

Local politics are characterised by a distinctive brand of conservative nationalism. The parliamentary seat of Moray is held by Margaret Ewing for the SNP which also holds over two thirds of seats on the council.

Results of 1979 referendum:

The regions were different in 1979, Moray was part of Grampian region.
Yes No Turnout
All Scotland 51.6% 48.3% 63.8%
Grampian 48.3% 51.6% 57.9%

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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