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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Coatbridge & Chryston
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Elaine Smith
LAB
13422
56.2
-3.1
James Gribben
SNP
4851
20.3
-4.6
Donald Reece
CON
2046
8.6
-0.9
Gordon Martin
SSP
1911
8.0
+8.0
Doreen Nisbet
LD
1637
6.9
+0.6
MAJORITY 
8571
35.9
TURNOUT 
23867
46.3
ELECTORATE
51521

DESCRIPTION: Coatbridge & Chryston
This seat is located north east of Glasgow in an industrial working-class environment, with Coatbridge serving as its largest town. Smaller communities are found at Glenboig, Stepps, Auchinloch and Chryston, and like Coatbridge most have economies centred around manufacturing. Unemployment is relatively high, as is the number of council-rented homes. Calder is mostly made up of council estates.

The SNP is the second party here, but this has been one of Labour safest Scottish seats. Tom Clarke has held it since a by-election in 1982 following the death of James Dempsey. Mr Clarke’s majority at the 2001 general election was 15,314. The Labour left-winger Elaine Smith was elected the MSP in 1999 with a majority is 10,404. The Nationalists would need a swing of over 17% to win.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17923
59.4
SNP
7519
24.9
CON
2867
9.5
LD
1889
6.3
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19807
65.3
SNP
4493
14.8
LD
2293
7.6
CON
2171
7.2
SSP
1547
5.1
Vote Scotland 2003

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