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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
East Kilbride
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Andy Kerr
LAB
13825
40.6
-7.6
Linda Fabiani
SNP
8544
25.1
-7.4
Grace Campbell
CON
3785
11.1
-0.1
Carolyn Leckie
SSP
2736
8.0
+8.0
Colin McCartney
IND
2597
7.6
+7.6
Alex Mackie
LD
2181
6.4
-1.7
John Houston
IND
419
1.2
+1.2
MAJORITY 
5281
15.5
TURNOUT 
34087
52.1
ELECTORATE
65472

DESCRIPTION: East Kilbride
This Labour seat is based on the post-war new town of East Kilbride south of Glasgow - the oldest in Scotland. But it also has a rural hinterland stretching south to include Chapelton, Sandford, Glassford and the market town of Strathaven. Light engineering, service industries, textiles and woollens are the main generators of economic wealth with farming dominant in the south. In 2001 Rolls Royce and Motorola, both important employers here, announced redundancies. Levels of owner-occupation rose dramatically between 1981 and 1991 from 30% to 63%, and non-manual occupational groups now form nearly 60% compared to less than 50% in 1981. Unemployment is low.

Labour has held the Westminster seat since its creation in February 1974. The closest they came to losing it was in October that year when the SNP slashed its majority to 2,700. Andy Kerr, who became finance minister, became the MSP in 1999 with a majority of 6,500. As in most of the central belt constituencies, the SNP is second here. It needs a swing of over 8% to beat Labour.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19987
48.1
SNP
13488
32.5
CON
4665
11.2
LD
3373
8.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
22205
53.3
SNP
9450
22.7
LD
4278
10.3
CON
4238
10.2
SSP
1519
3.6
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