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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Clydesdale
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Karen Gillon
LAB
14800
45.6
+2.6
John Brady
SNP
8129
25.1
-8.0
Alastair Campbell
CON
5174
15.9
+1.0
Fraser Grieve
LD
2338
7.2
-1.8
Owen Meharry
SSP
1422
4.4
+4.4
David Morrison
SPA
579
1.8
+1.8
MAJORITY 
6671
20.6
TURNOUT 
32442
51
ELECTORATE
63675

DESCRIPTION: Clydesdale
Clydesdale is a large, sparsely populated seat following the routes of the River Clyde and the M74 south and east of Hamilton. Some areas were once noted for coal mining but most of it is hills, moorland and agricultural land. The largest towns are Lanark, Larkhall, Biggar and Stonehouse, and all are home to various light industries. The extraction of sand and gravel still takes place around Carstairs, a town which is also known for its railway junction: the lines from Glasgow and Edinburgh meet and go on to the south.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home once represented this area before he became prime minister. But it has been represented by a Labour MP since 1959 when Dame Judith Hart won the predecessor seat, Lanark, from the Conservatives. The SNP came within 698 votes of unseating her in October 1974, but fell back to third place in 1979. In 1997 it managed to replace the Tories as the second-placed party. Karen Gillon is standing for re-election, though for the SNP this is exactly the kind of seat where it hopes to make a breakthrough.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16755
43
SNP
12875
33.1
CON
5814
14.9
LD
3503
9
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17822
46.6
SNP
10028
26.2
CON
5034
13.2
LD
4111
10.8
SSP
974
2.5
UKIP
253
0.7
Vote Scotland 2003

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