North Tayside (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Tayside
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Tayside
19832005
Number of members One
Replaced by Angus
Perth & North Perthshire
Created from Perth & East Perthshire, Angus South and Kinross & West Perthshire[1]

North Tayside was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency was abolished for the 2005 general election, and the area is now represented by Angus and Perth and North Perthshire.

The Scottish Parliament constituency of North Tayside, which covered the same area, continues in existence.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Angus District electoral divisions of Forfar East and Dunnichen, Forfar West and Strathmore, Kirriemuir, and Western Glens, and the Perth and Kinross District electoral divisions of Atholl, Breadalbane and Rannoch; St Martin's; Strathardle; Strathisla; and Strathtay.

1997-2005: The Angus District electoral divisions of Brechin and Eastern Glens, Forfar East, Forfar West, and Kirriemuir and Western Glens, and the Perth and Kinross District electoral divisions of Alyth and Coupar Angus; Blairgowrie and Glenshee; Dunkeld and Strathtay; Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Rannoch; and Scone and St Martin's.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Bill Walker Conservative
1997 John Swinney SNP
2001 Pete Wishart SNP
2005 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: North Tayside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Connoll Walker 19,269 51.0 N/A
SNP Alasdair Neil Morgan 9,170 24.3 N/A
Liberal Danus Skene 7,255 19.2 N/A
Labour Noel McLeod Orchison Wylie 2,057 5.5 N/A
Majority 10,099 26.7 N/A
Turnout 37,751 72.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1987: North Tayside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Connoll Walker 18,307 45.4 −5.6
SNP Kenneth James Nicolson Guild 13,291 32.9 +8.6
Liberal Peter Frederick Regent 5,201 12.9 −6.3
Labour James Whytock 3,550 8.8 +3.3
Majority 5,016 12.5
Turnout 40,349 74.7 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing −7.1

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: North Tayside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Connoll Walker 20,283 46.7 +1.3
SNP John Swinney 16,288 37.5 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Simon Anthony Horner 3,791 8.7 −4.2
Labour Thomas Alasdair Stewart Maclennan 3,094 7.1 −1.7
Majority 3,995 9.2
Turnout 43,456 77.6 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing −0.7
General Election 1997: North Tayside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP John Swinney 20,447 44.8 +6.1
Conservative William Connoll Walker 16,287 32.5 −10.6
Labour Ian Andrew McFatridge 5,141 11.3 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Peter Frederick Regent 3,716 8.2 +0.3
Majority 4,160 9.1
Turnout 45,951 74.3 −3.3
SNP gain from Conservative Swing +8.4

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: North Tayside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Pete Wishart 15,441 40.1 −4.8
Conservative Murdo Fraser 12,158 31.6 −4.2
Labour Thomas Docherty 5,715 14.8 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Julia Margaret Robertson 4,365 11.3 +3.2
Scottish Socialist Rosie Adams 620 1.6 N/A
Independent Tina MacDonald 220 0.6 N/A
Majority 3,283 8.5
Turnout 38,519 62.5 −11.8
SNP hold Swing

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