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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Eastwood
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Kenneth Macintosh
LAB
13946
35.9
-1.8
Jackson Carlaw
CON
10244
26.3
-6.6
Allan Steele
LD
5056
13.0
+3.1
Stewart Maxwell
SNP
4736
12.2
-7.3
Margaret Hinds
LHC
3163
8.1
+8.1
Steve Oram
SSP
1504
3.9
+3.9
Martyn Greene
SPA
240
0.6
+0.6
MAJORITY 
3702
9.5
TURNOUT 
38889
58
ELECTORATE
67051

DESCRIPTION: Eastwood
The seat is composed of a number of middle-class commuter towns in the far south of the Glasgow conurbation, with the addition of industrial Barrhead. Most housing is owner-occupied, with plenty more land still available for further private developments. In the south of the seat the only main centre of population is Eaglesham, the first conservation village in Scotland and near the site of Rudolph Hess's landing on his peace mission to Britain in 1941. Farming is common in this part of the seat, whilst light and service industries form the basis of the economy in the more populated areas in the north. Three quarters of the workforce is in non-manual jobs, however, and good ones at that.

This was the safest Conservative seat in Scotland until the 1997 when Labour's Jim Murphy won it. He has turned Eastwood into a safe Labour seat at Westminster. In 2001 he won the largest Labour vote in Scotland (23,061 votes), although this was partly down to the high turnout. The Conservatives only need a swing of 3% to take this seat from Labourís MSP Ken Macintosh.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16970
37.4
CON
14845
32.7
SNP
8760
19.3
LD
4472
9.9
IND
349
0.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
23036
47.6
CON
13895
28.7
LD
6239
12.9
SNP
4137
8.6
SSP
814
1.7
IND
247
0.5
Vote Scotland 2003

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