Perth & North Perthshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 17738 (32.7%)
Labour: 4413 (8.1%)
Lib Dem: 2059 (3.8%)
SNP: 27379 (50.5%)
Green: 1146 (2.1%)
UKIP: 1110 (2%)
Independent: 355 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 9641 (17.8%)

Category: Safe SNP seat

Geography: Scotland, Mid Scotland and Fife. Part of Perth and Kinross council area.

Main population centres: Perth, Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Alyth.

Profile: Covers a huge swathe of remote mountains, forest and moorlands in the Scottish highlands, as well as the lowland area around Perth itself. There are a few small towns in the highland part of the seat, including the market town of Aberfeldy and the tourist centre of Pitlochry, but the large majority of the electorate is in the lowland portion of the constituency in the south, especially the city of Perth itself. Perth is the administrative centre of Perth and Kinross council and a retail and financial centre for the wider area. It has played a prominent role in Scottish history and Scone Abbey to the east of the city was the traditional coronation site for Scottish monarchs.

Politics: There have been various different constituency arrangements covering Perth in the past, sometimes pairing the city with Kinross, sometimes with the highlands of north-eastern Perthshire. Throughout these it has been held by the SNP since the 1995 Perth and Kinross by-election, and has been a marginal between the SNP and Conservatives since the 1970s.


Current MP
PETE WISHART (Scottish National Party) Born 1962, Dunfermline. Educated at Queen Anne High School. Former keyboard player with Celtic rock band Runrig. First elected as MP for Tayside North in 2001.
Past Results
2010
Con: 14739 (31%)
Lab: 7923 (16%)
LDem: 5954 (12%)
SNP: 19118 (40%)
Oth: 534 (1%)
MAJ: 4379 (9%)
2005
Con: 13948 (30%)
Lab: 8601 (19%)
LDem: 7403 (16%)
SNP: 15469 (34%)
Oth: 509 (1%)
MAJ: 1521 (3%)
2001*
Con: 11189 (30%)
Lab: 9638 (25%)
LDem: 4853 (13%)
SNP: 11237 (30%)
Oth: 899 (2%)
MAJ: 48 (0%)
1997
Con: 13068 (29%)
Lab: 11036 (25%)
LDem: 3583 (8%)
SNP: 16209 (36%)
Oth: 655 (1%)
MAJ: 3141 (7%)

2015 Candidates
ALEXANDER STEWART (Conservative) Perth and Kinross councillor since 1999.
SCOTT NICHOLSON (Labour)
PETER BARRETT (Liberal Democrat) Contested Perth and North Perthshire 2010.
JOHN MYLES (UKIP)
LOUISE RAMSAY (Green)
PETE WISHART (SNP) See above.
XANDER MCDADE (Independent)
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Comments - 364 Responses on “Perth & North Perthshire”
  1. RIP Bill Walker. One of the Maastricht Rebels in the early 90s and a prominent Scottish Conservative MP.

  2. His constituency of Tayside North covered North Perthshire and West Angus.

    He was first elected in Perth & East Perthshire of which very little joined his later constituency.

  3. He’d have been pleased to see his party NEARLY take his old seat back!

  4. Angus covers much of his old Tayside North and Ochil & South Perthshire takes in part of his old Perth & East Perthshire

  5. And to add to what Dalek has said all wards from the old North Tayside constituency will have voted Conservative at the general election (that is wards covering rural north Angus and Perthshire).

    The modern day Perth & North Perthshire constituency excludes the now solidly Tory north-west of Angus and covers the city of Perth, which voted strongly SNP and tipped it over to the SNP (just).

  6. The Conservatives had a majority of over 10000 in Tayside North in 1983 making it the safest Conservative seat in Scotland followed by Dumfries in 1987 and Eastwood in 1992.

    BS&R is now safer than DC&T

  7. Not only that, it’s safer (in % majority terms) than either Bournemouth seat, Banbury, Bromley & Chiselhurst, Croydon South and a slew of other historic Tory bastions.

  8. The Tory PPC who lost out here by 21 votes has been given a Peerage and made a Scottish Office Minister.

  9. Should of held on for a gain at next election

  10. Small correction: Ian Duncan is an MEP, not a PPC.

  11. He’s neither.

    The former MEP resigned to take up the position.

    You can’t of course be an MEP and an MP or Peer, since the 2006 rule change barred double jobbing.

  12. Didn’t know that! Thanks.

  13. Don’t quite get this.

    12 people win mostly highly improbable seats while another fails to win a semi-marginal and is rewarded with a peerage and portfolio.

    Seems a bit like when Peter Fraser was rejected by the electors in Angus East in 1987 but continued as a Scottish office minister via the back door.

    The swing against Fraser was not though untypical on his defeat but Duncan ought to have won Perth comfortably when you consider the swings in the adjacent Angus, Ochil and Stirling.

  14. Pete Wishart’s old band are splitting up:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41398307

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