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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Cunninghame North
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Allan Wilson
LAB
11145
38.9
-4.0
Campbell Martin
SNP
7755
27.1
-1.5
Peter Ramsay
CON
5542
19.4
-0.5
John Boyd
LD
2333
8.1
-0.5
Sean Scott
SSP
1859
6.5
+6.5
MAJORITY 
3390
11.8
TURNOUT 
28634
51.8
ELECTORATE
55319

DESCRIPTION: Cunninghame North
This is a coastal and rural seat with declining traditional industries. Mining used to take place inland, but all the pits have now closed. Textiles too are in decline, and the main industriestoday are tourism and agriculture. Largs and the Isle of Arran are popular tourist destinations. This seat also contains the nuclear power station at Hunterston. The Tories normally do well in tourist traps and agricultural areas, but this seat's industrial history and working-class towns have meant that the potential has always been there for Labour victories.

Cunninghame North and its predecessor seat of North Ayrshire & Bute were held by the Conservatives from 1918 until 1987 when Energy Minister Brian Wilson won it. Before the 1997 election this seat was seen as a Labour/Conservative marginal, however the SNP have been in second place at both Westminster and Holyrood elections. Deputy Rural Development and Environment Minister Allan Wilson won it for Labour with a majority of 4,798 in 1999. This is exactly the sort of seat where the SNP hopes to make inroads.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14371
42.9
SNP
9573
28.6
CON
6649
19.9
LD
2900
8.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15571
46
SNP
7173
21.2
CON
6666
19.7
LD
3060
9
SSP
964
2.9
SLP
382
1.1
Vote Scotland 2003

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