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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Cathie Craigie
LAB
10146
41.6
-8.0
Andrew Wilson
SNP
9626
39.4
+3.8
Kenny McEwan
SSP
1823
7.5
+3.8
Hugh O'Donnell
LD
1264
5.2
-1.4
Margaret McCulloch
CON
978
4.0
-0.4
Christopher Donohue
IND
567
2.3
+2.3
MAJORITY 
520
2.1
TURNOUT 
24404
50.1
ELECTORATE
48667

DESCRIPTION: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Cumbernauld is 15 miles north east of Glasgow, with Kilsyth a near neighbour to its north across the river Kelvin. The former town grew to accommodate the overspill of Glasgow's population and was granted new town status in 1956. It is typically uncompromising in appearance, made up of concrete and council estates, and despite a mass sell-off of council housing in the 1980s more than a third of homes are still council-rented. Both towns are mainly working-class and home to varied light industries including computer and engineering businesses.

Labour has held this seat since its creation in 1983. One of its predecessor seats, East Dunbartonshire, was held by the SNP's Margaret Bain (now Margaret Ewing, elected MSP for Moray in 1999) between October 1974 and 1979 with a majority of 22 votes. The SNP’s candidate now is Andrew Wilson, who became as list MSP in 1999. He has been campaigning hard here, and would needs a swing of 7% to win.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15182
49.6
SNP
10923
35.7
LD
2029
6.6
CON
1362
4.4
SSP
1116
3.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16144
54.4
SNP
8624
29
LD
1934
6.5
CON
1460
4.9
SSP
1287
4.3
SFRP
250
0.8
Vote Scotland 2003

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