NORTH EAST SCOTLAND
North East Scotland – a land of oil, commercial farming and threatened fishing. Aberdeen offers high house prices and wealthy businessmen. The coast has been ravaged by dwindling fish stocks and the impact of EU quotas for the catch.
IN DEPTH ANALYSIS
After years of feeling let down by the coalition government at Holyrood, the region has turned to the SNP, to the extent that eleven of the regions seventeen MSPs are from the governing party. The impact of EU rules impacts here, from CAP payments to fishing quotas. And of course, Dundee is the country’s second Yes City.
We will see some new faces: Active in Women for Independence, Gillian Martin was selected as Alex Salmond’s successor at Holyrood. Also Angus North and Mearns will elect Mairi Evans, who beat Nigel Don to the candidacy.
CURRENT CONSTITUENCY MSPs
Aberdeen Central – Kevin Stewart SNP
Aberdeen Donside – Mark McDonald SNP
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine – Maureen Watt SNP
Aberdeenshire East – Alex Salmond SNP (standing down)
Aberdeenshire West – Dennis Robertson SNP
Angus North and Mearns – Nigel Don SNP (de-selected)
Angus South – Graeme Dey SNP
Banffshire and Buchan Coast – Stewart Stevenson SNP
Dundee City East – Shona Robison SNP
Dundee City West – Joe Fitzpatrick SNP
CONSTITUENCIES TO WATCH
The North East constituency wins will not offer any surprises on election night. We will see two new faces as Gillian Martin succeeds Alex Salmond in Aberdeenshire East and Mairi Evans takes Nigel Don’s place as MSP for Angus North and Mearns. She will be the first woman ever to represent the constituency at either Holyrood or Westminster.
CURRENT REGIONAL LIST SEAT ALLOCATION
Lib Dem 1
REGIONAL LIST WATCH
Aside from waiting to see if the SNP can ‘break the system’ once more, the story in the North East list lies mainly around who won’t win. Alison McInnes has served as a Lib Dem MSP since 2007, working on the Climate Change Act and working as the party’s Justice spokesperson. She has been placed at second on the Lib Dem list behind former MSP Mike Rumbles so won’t be returning to Holyrood. The question will be if Mike can keep the Lib Dem vote strong enough to beat that SNP system breaking number or a possible UKIP breakthrough which would see Calum Walker elected. Also in the running is Maggie Chapman for the Greens who will be hoping to repeat Shona Baird’s success in 2003.
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