Published: 14/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 10/11/2017 15:30

Labour celebrates historic election victory in 1997

IC 200, Inverness Courier


DAVID Stewart became the first Labour MP to represent Inverness when he secured victory in May's general election.

It was third time lucky for Mr Stewart, a Highland Council social work team manager, who secured 16,187 votes to take the Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber seat.

The constituency had been represented since 1964 by Lib-Dem veteran Sir Russell Johnston who stood down at the election.

In the neighbouring Inverness West, Ross and Skye constituency, Lib-Dem MP Charles Kennedy held on to the seat although with a reduced majority following a strong challenge from Labour's Donnie Munro.

Mr Stewart was part of the landslide victory by Labour which under the leadership of Tony Blair ended its 18 years in opposition. It won 418 seats, the most the party has ever held and the highest proportion of seats held by any party in the post-war era.

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