Despite Dundee’s new reputation as the “Yes City”, Dundee East has swung between the SNP and Labour for more than 40 years.
The Nationalists took the seat in 1974 and held on by a few thousand votes at each election until 1987, at which point it was passed to Labour by a margin of just over 1,000.
The constituency was turned yellow again in 2005 and has remained that way since, the SNP boosting its majority to almost 20,000 in 2015.
Dundee East includes all areas of the city east of the Tay Road Bridge, including City Quay and suburban areas like Craigie, Fintry, Whitfield, and Douglas, the latter of which have traditionally boasted strong Labour support. According to Dr Moir the SNP has started to fill gaps in Labour support where once staunch supporters have given up on their traditional party.
He said: “In Dundee, the SNP has taken on where Labour was once strong. People may feel the party has taken their support for granted.
“Despite the resurge in the polls of Labour recently, I don’t see that affecting the vote up here.”
Dundee East also stretches from Broughty Ferry as far east as Carnoustie and as far north as Finlarg Hill — bringing a rural factor into consideration.
The constituency also cuts across two Angus council wards — Carnoustie and District and Monifieth and Sidlaw — which both boast strong SNP support.
Despite the outcome of Dundee’s local elections, which saw the SNP partner with an independent councillor to retain the administration, Dr Moir says the party will be confident ahead of the polls on Thursday.
He said: “Local elections were to some extent for the SNP a warning shot across the bow. Labour now has potential but I would like to think the SNP will hang on.”
He added that the SNP’s populist appeal has seen the party win support across the political spectrum — whether in deprived areas where Labour support has fallen away, or rural regions where Brexit remains a cagey issue.
“The SNP has been getting and marshalling support from rural areas as well as urban areas,” he said.
“They’ve carried that sort of support across the board, across the left and right. They’ve nailed their colours to the mast: anti-austerity, and the idea that they want to seek and keep some special deal for Scotland in the European Union.”
Much as in other seats around Tayside, Dr Moir believes Brexit will play on the minds of voters in what he has branded an “issue-based” election.
However, given that Dundee voted to remain in the EU, he believes the SNP will be unconcerned.
“I still think Brexit is driving it all,” he said. “But there’s almost an idea that Dundee has made its decision now and will stay with it.
“You see the SNP playing on the idea of what’s in Scotland’s interests, this idea that Scotland has done well out of Europe, and the issue of immigration is not as strong in Scotland as it has been elsewhere in the UK.”
Lesley Brennan, Labour
“I am standing because I strongly believe in the vision that Jeremy Corbyn is putting to the country: investment to ensure decent jobs, a massive housing building programme and ending the failed Tory austerity.
“The Tories are ruining the economy with their increasing debt and growth stagnation.
“Jeremy has the interest of ordinary people at heart, not big business. I share his values and as an economist and former Dundee East councillor, I know these priorities are greatly needed in Dundee East and across the UK.
“As a local councillor, I gained a reputation for working hard and getting the job done.
“As your MP, I will work tirelessly for the people of Dundee East to bring jobs, investment and to improve everyone’s daily life.”
Stewart Hosie, SNP
“I have been the MP for Dundee East since 2005 increasing my majority to more than 19,000 at the last election.
“I was born, bred and educated in the constituency and care deeply about the people here. Because I worked, mainly in IT, for 20 years before I was elected, I bring a wealth of real-life experience to the job of an MP.
“I would hope that local people can support me because of the record of help and assistance provided to around 20,000 constituents over the past 12 years.
“My priorities, and those of the SNP, are to grow the economy, deliver first class public services and ensure the voice of the people in this constituency — and the whole of Scotland — is heard and listened to as we all approach the difficult Brexit years ahead.”
Christopher McIntyre, Scottish Liberal Democrats
“As your member of parliament, I promise to enhance the partnership between people and politics.
“I want to be the champion of the good cause — homelessness, Dundee’s drug crisis, poverty.
“I’m not promising the world, but I am promising stronger representation at Westminster and within the local communities.
“I want to tackle the drug crisis in Dundee. I want to tackle the issues of landlords and poor standards. I want to be open and transparent with how the Brexit process will affect constituents.
“Dundee East needs a more effective form of representation which has been non-existent over the past few years.
“I want a constituency where the residents are proud of their MP, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with me.”
Eleanor Price, Scottish Conservatives
“My key priority for the constituency is the swift delivery of the Tay Cities Deal.
“As a Conservative, I believe that a strong economy and good employment prospects are the best ways to tackle some of the social problems this city has been facing.
“I would seek to hold the SNP to account over their mismanagement of education and health.
“A whole generation of our children are leaving school in Scotland, ill-equipped for future life, and a once great education system is slipping rapidly down the international rankings.
“By voting Scottish Conservative in this election, you can send a message to the SNP that you aren’t happy with their management of Scotland and don’t want another divisive independence referendum.”