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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Cunninghame South
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Irene Oldfather
LAB
11165
49.0
-3.8
Mike Russell
SNP
5089
22.3
-7.4
Rosemary Byrne
SSP
2677
11.8
+11.8
Andrew Brocklehurst
CON
2336
10.3
-1.2
Iain Dale
LD
1505
6.6
+0.5
MAJORITY 
6083
26.7
TURNOUT 
22765
45.7
ELECTORATE
49877

DESCRIPTION: Cunninghame South
Irvine is the largest town in what is a far more urban seat than the neighbouring North division. It is the only new town to be sited on the coast in Britain and like Cumbernauld grew up to accommodate the overspill of Glasgow's population. High-tech industries and call centres are increasingly important. There is a high proportion of council house tenants - 55% at the last census. But after the right-to-buy scheme this is a significant decrease on the 1981 census figure of 76%. However, unlike the southern English new towns, the growth of the property-owning classes here has not been accompanied by a change in political representation.

The seat is working-class in character with a varied industrial base and a tradition of Labour voting. Irene Oldfather became the MSP in 1999 with a majority of 6,541. The SNP candidate is the party's education spokesman Mike Russell, who at the first Scottish eleciton became a regional list MSP.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14936
52.8
SNP
8395
29.7
CON
3229
11.4
LD
1717
6.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16424
58.4
SNP
5194
18.5
CON
2782
9.9
LD
2094
7.4
SSP
1233
4.4
SLP
382
1.4
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