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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 14:33 GMT 15:33 UK
Turner out as Labour wins seats
Dr Jean Turner
Dr Turner had been defending a tiny majority from 2003
Labour gained one key marginal seat and held another as election counting resumed in the west of Scotland after a night of chaos.

The party won Strathkelvin and Bearsden from Independent Dr Jean Turner, who won the seat in 2003 as a hospital campaigner.

Labour also held the Eastwood constituency despite a strong challenge from the Conservatives.

Results for several local authority wards have also been declared.

Labour candidate David Whitton successfully overturned Dr Turner's wafer-thin majority of 400 votes in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Technical problems

Mr Whitton won the seat with a majority of 3,388 over the SNP, who moved into second place after also overtaking Dr Turner as its share of the vote increased by more than 8%.

Dr Turner, a retired GP, had won the seat in 2003 on the strength of her campaign aimed at stopping the closure of Stobhill hospital in the north of Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Labour's Ken Macintosh defeated Conservative candidate Jackson Carlaw by only 913 votes in Eastwood.

ballot box
Technical difficulties have blighted the counts in the west of Scotland

Mr Macintosh was defending a majority of 3,702 in the seat, which he has held since being elected in 1999.

The Conservatives increased their share of the vote by 7.28% to 14,186, with the SNP finishing third on 7,972 after their share jumped by 6.72%.

Counts in both seats had been suspended early on Friday morning due to the technical problems that plagued many constituencies across the country.

The Argyll and Bute constituency was expected to declare its final result later on Friday.

In the local government vote, Stuart Gray became Glasgow's first ever the Green councillor after he was returned in the Partick West ward.

Mr Clay received 1,594 votes in the multi-member ward in the west of the city.

Glasgow had traditionally been a Labour stronghold, but early results suggested the new system for electing councillors was helping the other parties make inroads.




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