Dundee West

2015 Result:
Conservative: 3852 (8.6%)
Labour: 10592 (23.7%)
Lib Dem: 1057 (2.4%)
SNP: 27684 (61.9%)
Green: 1225 (2.7%)
TUSC: 304 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 17092 (38.2%)

Category: Safe SNP seat

Geography: Scotland, North East. Part of Dundee and Angus council areas.

Main population centres: Dundee, Downfield.

Profile: The city of Dundee is a major retail, administrative and employment centre for north-east Scotland, situated on the north bank of the Firth of Tay. Traditionally the local economy was described as being based on "Jute, Jam and Journalism" - the Jute has long since gone, jam was never really much of an employer anyway, but the journalism remains in the form of D. C. Thomson & Co, the publisher of the regional Scottish newspaper titles, the Beano and the Dandy. Other important local employers include NCR, whose main base for their cash machine and cash registers business is based in Dundee. The Dundee West seat also includes the University of Dundee, Dundee airport and the Tay road and rail bridges, still famous for the nineteenth century rail disaster (the stumps of the original bridge can still be seen alongside its modern replacement).

Politics: Dundee West had been the more Labour of the two Dundee seats - Dundee East fell to the SNP in 1974 and 2005, but Dundee West had returned Labour MPs since its creation in 1950, normally with secure majorities. Like many other safe Labour seats though it crumbled before the SNP landslide in 2015, returning Chris Law with over sixty percent of the vote.


Current MP
CHRIS LAW (SNP) Educated at Madras College. Former financial advisor. First elected as MP for Dundee West in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 3461 (9%)
Lab: 17994 (48%)
LDem: 4233 (11%)
SNP: 10716 (29%)
Oth: 722 (2%)
MAJ: 7278 (20%)
2005
Con: 3062 (8%)
Lab: 16468 (45%)
LDem: 5323 (14%)
SNP: 11089 (30%)
Oth: 994 (3%)
MAJ: 5379 (15%)
2001*
Con: 2656 (9%)
Lab: 14787 (51%)
LDem: 2620 (9%)
SNP: 7987 (27%)
Oth: 1192 (4%)
MAJ: 6800 (23%)
1997
Con: 5105 (13%)
Lab: 20875 (54%)
LDem: 2972 (8%)
SNP: 9016 (23%)
Oth: 839 (2%)
MAJ: 11859 (31%)

2015 Candidates
NICOLA ROSS (Conservative) Educated at Dundee University. Community Learning and Development Worker.
MICHAEL MARRA (Labour)
DANIEL COLEMAN (Liberal Democrat)
PAULINE HINCHION (Green) Born Cork. Educated at Glasgow Caledonian University. Interim Manager and Consultant.
CHRIS LAW (SNP) Educated at Madras College. Financial advisor.
JIM MCFARLANE (TUSC)
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Comments - 104 Responses on “Dundee West”
  1. Dundee City could return an SNP minority: it all depends on the result in the West End ward which could either go 1 SNP / 1 Lib / 1 Con / 1 Lab or 2 SNP / 1 Lib / 1 Con (or 1 Lab instead of Con).

  2. Yes, the SNP have lost their majority but remain comfortably the largest party

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