Moray (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 57°30′43″N 3°14′53″W / 57.512°N 3.248°W / 57.512; -3.248

Moray
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Moray in Scotland.
Current constituency
Member of Parliament Angus Robertson (SNP)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Moray is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the whole of the Moray council area. Between 1997 and 2005, it covered a slightly smaller area. A similar constituency, also called Moray, is used for elections to the Scottish Parliament.

The Moray constituency is bordered by the constituencies of:

History[edit]

It was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Moray and Nairn & Banff.

Member of Parliament[edit]

The MP since 2001 is Angus Robertson, who leads the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons. The overall SNP leader, Alex Salmond, is an MSP and Scotland's First Minister.

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Alex Pollock Conservative
1987 Margaret Ewing SNP
2001 Angus Robertson SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Angus Robertson 16,273 39.7 +3.1
Conservative Douglas Ross 10,683 26.1 +4.1
Labour Kieron Green 7,007 17.1 −3.3
Liberal Democrat James Paterson 5,965 14.5 −4.7
UKIP Donald Gatt 1,085 2.6 +2.6
Majority 5,590 13.6
Turnout 41,004 62.2 +3.0
SNP hold Swing -0.5

On 9 April 2010 the prospective Labour candidate Stuart MacLennan was sacked by the Labour party following offensive comments MacLennan had made on the social networking service Twitter, calling elderly voters "coffin dodgers" and referring to leaders of other political parties (and other candidates from his own party) in four letter terms.[3][4]

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Moray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Angus Robertson 14,196 36.6 +7.2
Conservative Jamie Halcro-Johnston 8,520 22.0 −0.9
Labour Kevin Hutchens 7,919 20.4 −3.9
Liberal Democrat Linda Gorn 7,460 19.2 +1.2
Scottish Socialist Norma Anderson 698 1.8 −0.6
Majority 5,676 14.6
Turnout 38,793 58.4 +1.2
SNP hold Swing +4.1
General Election 2001: Moray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Angus Robertson 10,076 30.3 −11.2
Labour Miss Catriona M. Munro 8,332 25.1 +5.2
Conservative Frank Spencer-Nairn 7,677 23.1 −4.5
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Linda J. Gorn 5,224 15.7 +6.8
Scottish Socialist Mrs. Norma C. Anderson 821 2.5 N/A
Independent Bill Jappy 802 2.4 N/A
UKIP Nigel Kenyon 291 0.9 N/A
Majority 1,744 5.2
Turnout 33,223 57.4 −10.8
SNP hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Moray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Margaret Ewing 16,529 41.6
Conservative Andrew J. Findlay 10,963 27.6
Labour Lewis Macdonald 7,886 19.8
Liberal Democrat Miss Debra M. Storr 3,548 8.90
Referendum Party Paddy Mieklejohn 840 2.1
Majority 5,566 14.0
Turnout 39,766 68.2 -4.5
SNP hold Swing 3.5% Con to SNP
General Election 1992: Moray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Margaret Ewing 20,299 44.3 +1.2
Conservative Mrs. Roma L. Hossack 17,455 38.1 +3.1
Labour Conal Robertson Smith 5,448 11.9 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Brinsley Sheridan 2,634 5.7 −4.8
Majority 2,844 6.2
Turnout 45,836 73.2
SNP hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Moray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Margaret Ewing 19,510 43.2 +8.0
Conservative Alexander Pollock 15,825 35.0 −4.2
Labour Conal Robertson Smith 5,118 11.3 +4.0
Liberal Danus George M. Skene 4,724 10.5 −7.8
Majority 3,685 8.2
Turnout 45,177 72.6
SNP gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1983: Moray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Pollock 16,944 39.2 N/A
SNP Hamish Watt 15,231 35.2 N/A
Liberal M.R. Burnett 7,901 18.3 N/A
Labour Jim Kiddie 3,139 7.3 N/A
Majority 1,713 4.0 N/A
Turnout 43,215 71.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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