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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Carrick Cumnock & Doon Valley
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Cathy Jamieson
LAB
16484
48.0
+0.1
Phil Gallie
CON
9030
26.3
+6.5
Adam Ingram
SNP
5822
16.9
-9.5
Murray Steele
SSP
1715
5.0
+5.0
Caron Howden
LD
1315
3.8
-2.1
MAJORITY 
7454
21.7
TURNOUT 
34366
52.8
ELECTORATE
65102

DESCRIPTION: Carrick Cumnock & Doon Valley
South of Ayr, and indeed covering much of the area in a seat called South Ayrshire up until 1983, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has been a typically safe Labour area. This seat is a curious mix of pastoral beauty and industrial decay. Burns, born in Alloway, famously eulogised the banks and braes o' bonnie Doon, and the hills and coastal scenery attract many tourists, but there is also a significant industrial heritage. Macadam experimented with his tarmaced roads here, and although the ironworks closed years ago coal mining took place around Cumnock until quite recently. There is farming to the south, and there is a small seaside resort at Girvan. Keir Hardie, co-founder of the Labour Party and its first ever candidate, lived in Cumnock for many years.

This seat was represented by Jim Sillars from 1970-79, first for Labour and then for the breakaway Scottish Labour Party which he founded. He was beaten at the following general election by the official Labour candidate George Foulkes. This Holyrood seat was won in 1999 by Cathy Jamieson, deputy leader of the Scottish Labour and minister for education.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19667
47.9
SNP
10864
26.4
CON
8123
19.8
LD
2441
5.9
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
22174
55.3
CON
7318
18.2
SNP
6258
15.6
LD
2932
7.3
SSP
1058
2.6
SLP
367
0.9
Vote Scotland 2003

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