Perth and Kinross (UK Parliament constituency)

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This article is about the former UK Parliamentary constituency. For the present-day local government area, see Perth and Kinross.
Perth and Kinross
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Perthshire
Major settlements Perth
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Perth
Created from Perth & East Perthshire

Perth and Kinross was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 to 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Perth and Kinross constituency was largely a replacement for the Perth and East Perthshire constituency.[citation needed] As first used in the 1983 general election, it covered part of the region of Tayside, which had been created in 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as a region of three districts, including the district of Perth and Kinross. In 1997 the Perth and Kinross constituency was largely replaced by the Perth constituency.[citation needed]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1983 Sir Nicholas Fairbairn Conservative Died in office February 1995
1995 by-election Roseanna Cunningham SNP subsequently MP for Perth
1997 constituency abolished: see Perth

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

By-election 1995: Perth and Kinross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Roseanna Cunningham 16,931 40.4 +4.4
Labour Douglas Alexander 9,620 22.9 +10.5
Conservative John Godfrey 8,990 21.4 −18.7
Liberal Democrat Veronica Linklater 4,952 11.8 +0.4
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 586 1.4 N/A
UKIP Vivian T. Linacre 504 1.2 N/A
Scottish Green Robin Harper 223 0.5 N/A
Independent Michael A. Halford 88 0.2 N/A
Natural Law Gary D. Black 54 0.1 N/A
Majority 7,311 17.4
Turnout 41.948 61.7 −14.8
SNP gain from Conservative Swing +11.6
General Election 1992: Perth and Kinross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Fairbairn 20,195 40.2 +0.6
SNP Roseanna Cunningham 18,101 36.0 +8.4
Labour Mervyn J. Rolfe 6,267 12.4 −3.5
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Black 5,714 11.4 −5.5
Majority 2,094 4.2
Turnout 47,950 76.9 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Perth and Kinross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Fairbairn 18,716 39.6 −0.7
SNP J.M. Fairlie 13,040 27.6 +2.5
Liberal S. Donaldson 7,969 16.9 −7.0
Labour J.W. McConnell 7,490 15.9 +6.0
Majority 5,676 12.0
Turnout 47,215 74.4 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Perth and Kinross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Fairbairn 17,888 40.3 N/A
SNP G.D. Crawford 11,155 25.1 N/A
Liberal J.B. Coutts 10,997 23.9 N/A
Labour A.J. Stuart 4,414 9.9 N/A
Majority 6,733 15.2 N/A
Turnout 44,454 72.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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