General Election Predictions

General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 45. Highlands & Islands

1 May 2017 at 18:17

Scotland – North & Islands

Seats: 6
Current Political Makeup: SNP 5, LibDem 1
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: SNP 5, LibDem 1

1. Orkney & Shetland

2010 Result:
Conservative: 2032 (10.5%)
Labour: 2061 (10.7%)
Lib Dem: 11989 (62%)
SNP: 2042 (10.6%)
UKIP: 1222 (6.3%)
MAJORITY: 9928 (51.3%)

2015 Result:
Liberal Democrats Alistair Carmichael10 9,407 41.4 −20.6
SNP Danus Skene 8,590 37.8 +27.2
Conservative Donald Cameron11 2,025 8.9 −1.6
Labour Gerry McGarvey 1,624 7.1 −3.5
UKIP Robert Smith12 1,082 4.8 −1.6
Majority 817 3.6 -47.7
Turnout 22,728 65.8 +7.3

Sitting MP: Alistair Carmichael (LibDem)
Prediction: LibDem hold

2. Na h-Eileanan an lar

2010 Result:
Conservative: 647 (4.4%)
Labour: 4838 (32.9%)
Lib Dem: 1097 (7.5%)
SNP: 6723 (45.7%)
Independent: 1412 (9.6%)
MAJORITY: 1885 (12.8%)

2015 Result:
SNP Angus MacNeil 8,662 54.3 +8.6
Labour Alasdair Morrison 4,560 28.6 −4.3
Conservative Mark Brown 1,215 7.6 +3.2
Scottish Christian John Cormack 1,045 6.6 n/a
Liberal Democrat Ruaraidh Ferguson 456 2.9 −4.6
Majority 4,102 25.7 +12.9
Turnout 15,938 73.2 +7.1

Sitting MP: Angus MacNeil (SNP)
Prediction: SNP hold

3. Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross

2010 Result:
Conservative: 3744 (13%)
Labour: 7081 (24.6%)
Lib Dem: 11907 (41.4%)
SNP: 5516 (19.2%)
Independent: 520 (1.8%)
MAJORITY: 4826 (16.8%)

2015 Result:
SNP Paul Monaghan 15,831 46.3 +27.1
Liberal Democrat John Thurso 11,987 35.1 −6.3
Labour John Erskine 3,061 9.0 −15.7
Conservative Alastair Graham 2,326 6.8 −6.2
UKIP Annie Murray 981 2.9 N/A
Majority 3,844 11.2 n/a
Turnout 34,186 71.9 +11.0

Sitting MP: Paul Monaghan (SNP)
Prediction: SNP hold

A LibDem target, yet they failed to make any progress at the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

4. Ross, Skye & Lochaber

2010 Result:
Conservative: 4260 (12.2%)
Labour: 5265 (15.1%)
Lib Dem: 18335 (52.6%)
SNP: 5263 (15.1%)
Green: 777 (2.2%)
UKIP: 659 (1.9%)
Independent: 279 (0.8%)
MAJORITY: 13070 (37.5%)

2015 Result:
SNP Ian Blackford 20,119 48.1 +33.0
Liberal Democrat Charles Kennedy 14,995 35.9 -16.8
Conservative Lindsay McCallum 2,598 6.2 -6.0
Labour Chris Conniff 2,043 4.9 -10.2
Scottish Green Anne Thomas 1,051 2.5 +0.3
UKIP Philip Anderson 814 1.9 +0.1
Independent Ronnie Campbell 191 0.5 -0.3
Majority 5,124 12.3
Turnout 41,811 77.2 +10.0

Sitting MP: Ian Blackford (SNP)
Prediction: SNP hold

Not a huge majority, but sadly Charles Kennedy isn’t here to challenge it.

5. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey

2010 Result:
Conservative: 6278 (13.3%)
Labour: 10407 (22.1%)
Lib Dem: 19172 (40.7%)
SNP: 8803 (18.7%)
Green: 789 (1.7%)
UKIP: 574 (1.2%)
Christian: 835 (1.8%)
TUSC: 135 (0.3%)
Others: 93 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 8765 (18.6%)

2015 Result:
SNP Drew Hendry5 28,838 50.1 +31.4
Liberal Democrats Danny Alexander 18,029 31.3 -9.4
Labour Mike Robb 4,311 7.5 -14.6
Conservative Edward Mountain 3,410 5.9 -7.4
Scottish Green Isla O’Reilly 1,367 2.4 +0.7
UKIP Les Durance 1,236 2.1 +0.9
Scottish Christian Donald Boyd6 422 0.7 -1.0
Majority 10,809 18.8
Turnout 57,613 74.2 +9.3

Sitting MP: Drew Hendry (SNP)
Prediction: SNP hold

6. Moray

2010 Result:
Conservative: 10683 (26.1%)
Labour: 7007 (17.1%)
Lib Dem: 5956 (14.5%)
SNP: 16273 (39.7%)
UKIP: 1085 (2.6%)
MAJORITY: 5590 (13.6%)

2015 Result:
SNP Angus Robertson 24,384 49.5 +9.8
Conservative Douglas Ross 15,319 31.1 +5.0
Labour Sean Morton 4,898 9.9 −7.1
UKIP Robert Scorer 1,939 3.9 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Jamie Paterson 1,395 2.8 −11.7
Scottish Green James MacKessack-Leitch 1,345 2.7 N/A
Majority 9,065 18.4 +4.8
Turnout 49,280 68.7 +6.5

Sitting MP: Angus Robertson (SNP)
Prediction: SNP hold

The Conservatives are heavily taregting this seat. Certainly in the Scottish Parliament elections it was a tigher race than in 2015, but it’s still quite a majority to overcome. A Tory gain here is highly doubtful, but in the world of Scottish politics at the moment, anything can happen.

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