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West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

2010 Results:
Conservative: 13678 (30.26%)
Labour: 6159 (13.63%)
Liberal Democrat: 17362 (38.42%)
SNP: 7086 (15.68%)
BNP: 513 (1.14%)
UKIP: 397 (0.88%)
Majority: 3684 (8.16%)

2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 19285 (46.3%)
Conservative: 11814 (28.4%)
Labour: 5470 (13.1%)
SNP: 4700 (11.3%)
Other: 379 (0.9%)
Majority: 7471 (17.9%)

Boundary changes prior to 2005 election.

2001 Result
Conservative: 11686 (30.8%)
Labour: 4669 (12.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 16507 (43.5%)
SNP: 4634 (12.2%)
Other: 418 (1.1%)
Majority: 4821 (12.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 15080 (34.9%)
Labour: 3923 (9.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 17742 (41.1%)
SNP: 5639 (13.1%)
Referendum: 805 (1.9%)
Majority: 2662 (6.2%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: An affluent rural seat dominated by the Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties. In the West the constituency stretches up the Cairngorm mountains and is largely unpopulated coutryside, dotted with villages and includes Balmoral Castle, the Royal family`s Summer retreat. The Eastern part of the constituency is home to many who commute into Aberdeen and the oil boom in Aberdeen has seen an expansion in the suburbs around historic towns such as Stonehaven and Inverbervie.

portraitCurrent MP: Sir Robert Smith(Liberal Democrat) 3rd Baronet (his grandfather was Conservative MP for the same seat prior to the Second World War). Born 1958. Educated at Merchant Taylor`s School and the University of Aberdeen. Married with three children. Managed the family estate in Aberdeenshire before his election in 1997. A former member of the SDP prior to the Liberal/SDP merger, he contested Aberdeen South for the SDP in 1987. He was Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief whip between 2001 and 2006. Lib Dem shadow deputy leader of the Commons since 2008. Backed Sir Menzies Campbell in the 2006 leadership race (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAlex Johnstone (Conservative) born 1961, Kincardineshire. Educated at Mackie Academy. Former diary farmer. MSP for North East Scotland since 1999. Conservative chief whip in the Scottish Parliament 2001-2003, rural development spokesman from 2003. Contested Gordon 1999 Scottish Parliament elections, Angus 2003 Scottish Parliament elections, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine 2005.
portraitGreg Williams (Labour) Born 1984. Educated at Oxford University. Works in the oil indsutry.
portraitSir Robert Smith(Liberal Democrat) 3rd Baronet (his grandfather was Conservative MP for the same seat prior to the Second World War). Born 1958. Educated at Merchant Taylor`s School and the University of Aberdeen. Married with three children. Managed the family estate in Aberdeenshire before his election in 1997. A former member of the SDP prior to the Liberal/SDP merger, he contested Aberdeen South for the SDP in 1987. He was Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief whip between 2001 and 2006. Lib Dem shadow deputy leader of the Commons since 2008. Backed Sir Menzies Campbell in the 2006 leadership race (more information at They work for you)
portraitDennis Robertson (SNP) born 1956, Aberdeen. Educated at the Royal School for the Blind, Edinburg. Charity worker. Contested Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine and North East Scotland list in 2007 Scottish elections.
portraitAnthony Atkinson (UKIP)
portraitGary Raikes (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 81440
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 25.8%
Over 60: 17.8%
Born outside UK: 4.3%
White: 99.1%
Asian: 0.2%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 62%
Graduates 16-74: 26%
No Qualifications 16-74: 23.5%
Owner-Occupied: 74.2%
Social Housing: 13.9% (Council: 11.3%, Housing Ass.: 2.6%)
Privately Rented: 8.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.7%

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