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BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor
"Voters will be offered separate coloured ballot papers"
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Thursday, 23 November, 2000, 21:57 GMT
Anniesland polls close
Anniesland Cross
Anniesland Cross, a landmark part of the constituency
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The polls have closed in the Glasgow Anniesland by-elections.

The last ballots were cast at 2200GMT as the constituency's 52,000 voters decided who they wanted to succeed the late Donald Dewar.

The former first minister's death in October left a double vacancy.

He represented the constituency at Westminster and in the Scottish Parliament.

To avoid any confusion, the electorate was given separate, colour-coded ballot papers.

Ballot box
Voters are being given two ballot papers
The ballot paper for the Scottish Parliament ballot was lilac, while the paper for Westminster was white.

The two counts are taking place simultaneously on Thursday evening.

The results will be covered by BBC Scotland on radio, television and the internet.

Two other by-elections are taking place - in Preston and West Bromwich West.

The latter was caused by the retirement of Betty Boothroyd, former speaker of the House of Commons.


The full list of candidates is:

Westminster

  • Dorothy Luckhurst, Scottish Conservative

  • William Lyden, Family Action Movement

  • Charlie McCarthy, Scottish Socialist Party

  • Christopher McGinty, Scottish Liberal Democrats

  • John Robertson, Scottish Labour

  • Grant Thoms, Scottish National Party

Scottish Parliament

  • William Butler, Scottish Labour Party

  • Thomas Chalmers, SNP

  • Judith Fryer, Scottish Liberal Democrats

  • Rosie Kane, Scottish Socialist Party

  • Kate Pickering, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

  • Murdo Ritchie, Socialist Labour Party

  • Alastair Whitelaw, Scottish Green Party

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