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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Dumbarton
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jackie Baillie
LAB
12154
42.2
-1.6
Iain Docherty
SNP
5542
19.2
-10.8
Eric Thompson
LD
4455
15.5
+3.8
Murray Tosh
CON
4178
14.5
-0.1
Les Robertson
SSP
2494
8.7
+8.7
MAJORITY 
6612
22.9
TURNOUT 
28823
51.9
ELECTORATE
55575

DESCRIPTION: Dumbarton
The seat is a mixture of urban and rural areas, with the population clustered in the south and hills. Dumbarton's principal industry was once shipbuilding - the Cutty Sark was built there - but now whisky bottling and blending are more important concerns. Commuters to Glasgow also live in Dumbarton now. Other sites of note are the Faslane nuclear submarine base and Loch Lomond - the seat's eastern border. Loch Lomond forms part of Scotland’s first National Park, created in January 2002.

It has been a Labour seat since 1936. The Conservatives were the second-placed party (with the exception of October 1974) until the 1997 election, when the SNP overtook them. It has been making advances in local government here and in the past Labour has talked up the “Nationalist threat” in Dumbarton. Former Social Justice Minister Jackie Billie was elected the MSP in 1999, with a majority of 4,747.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15181
43.7
SNP
10434
30.1
CON
5060
14.6
LD
4035
11.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16151
47.5
SNP
6576
19.3
LD
5265
15.5
CON
4648
13.7
SSP
1354
4
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