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Constituency Profile


Perthshire South and Kinross-shire

Current MSP : Roseanna Cunningham
Current Party :
Majority 2011(%) : 22.96

2011 Results:

  Votes % % change from '07


Swing req for CON gain 11.4781%
CON winability* 11
Swing req for LAB gain 19.3699%
LAB winability* 50
Swing req for LIB gain 22.1313%
LIB winability* 40
* This is the rank of each seat according to marginality by party

Perthshire South and Kinross-shire Candidate Profiles

Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Roseanna is Minister for the Environment.

Roseanna has represented Perth since winning the seat in a Westminster by-election in 1995, being a dual mandate MP/MSP until 2001.

Roseanna worked as a solicitor until she was called as an Advocate in December 1990, and is still a member of the Faculty of Advocates.

In the Scottish Parliament, Roseanna has been Convener of the Justice Committee, the Health Committee and the Rural Affairs & Environment Committee. In February 2009, she was appointed Minister for the Environment. Her interests outside politics include traditional music, reading, and hill walking.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth was elected to Holyrood in May 2007 as an MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife. She lives in the Madderty area of Strathearn and fought the last Scottish elections as Candidate for the Perth constituency.

Prior to entering Holyrood, Elizabeth was a teacher of Economics and Modern Studies at George Watson's College in Edinburgh and has been active in politics since her student days at Edinburgh University.  She began her teaching career in 1983 during which time she was elected the Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1992.   Between 1997 and 2005 she worked in Scottish Conservative Central Office, firstly as Political Advisor to Sir Malcolm Rifkind and then as Head of the Chairman's Office.   Thereafter, she stood as the Party's Westminster Candidate in Ochil and South Perthshire and returned part-time to the teaching profession and to coaching commitments with both school and Cricket Scotland.

Elizabeth is a keen sportswoman with particular interest in cricket and hillwalking.  She won seven caps with the Scottish Ladies' Cricket XI and has taken part in several mountaineering expeditions to the Alps and Himalayas.   She lists among her other interests; travel, cooking and photography, and she recently published two books on educational topics.

In May 2010, she was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning.

Tricia Duncan

Tricia was born and raised in Perth. She attended Lawside Academy in Dundee, Dundee University and also attended Northern College, Dundee, where she gained her degree in Primary Education. She has previously worked in Local Government and as a Health Education Officer.

She is a member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and is on the National Council of the Educational Institute of Scotland ('EIS'). In addition, her work for the EIS now includes a national part time secondment, supporting learning representatives throughout Scotland and the continuing professional development of teachers and lecturers.

A lifelong member of the Labour Party, Tricia has campaigned throughout her life, often alongside her mother who was a local Councillor.

Tricia is married with three children and lives in the constituency she hopes to represent.

Willie Robertson

During his time as a councillor Willie has held the following convenor-ships on Perth & Kinross Council, Environment, Sport & Leisure and currently Community Safety.

Willie chairs the TRACKS committee (The Rural Access Committee of Kinross-shire) which has built paths and cycleways throughout Kinross-shire. TRACKS created the award winning Loch Leven Heritage Trail, a £1.8 million multi-use track which runs two thirds of the way around Loch Leven in Kinross-shire.

He owns and runs with his wife, an agricultural business based in Milnathort He also serves on Perth & Kinross Council as a councillor for the Kinross-shire ward. He was first elected in 1995.

Willie is a keen cyclist. He also enjoys playing golf in the summer and curling in the winter. His other interests include gardening and reading.

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