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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Anniesland
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Bill Butler
LAB
10141
45.8
-13.1
Bill Kidd
SNP
3888
17.5
-2.7
Bill Aitken
CON
3186
14.4
+3.7
Charlie McCarthy
SSP
2620
11.8
+8.3
Iain Brown
LD
2330
10.5
+4.2
MAJORITY 
6253
28.2
TURNOUT 
22165
43.6
ELECTORATE
50795

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Anniesland
This seat was rocked by the untimely death of Donald Dewar, Scotlandís first, first minister, in October 2000. Held in high regard by its constituents, he had held Anniesland and its predecessor Glasgow Garscadden at Westminster since his 1978 by-election. His death caused an historic double by-election. Bill Butler held the Scottish Parliament seat and John Robertson held the Westminster seat for Labour.

Anniesland is on the north western outskirts of Glasgow, stretching from Drumchapel on the boundaries with Clydebank to the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow's West End. It has its own smart villa suburb in Kelvinside and is home to the prestigious private High School of Glasgow. But it is typified more by its inter- and post-war council estates. Some, like the sprawling Drumchapel, are areas of multiple social and economic deprivation, and the controversial transfer of the city's housing stock to a housing association may be a campaign issue. Bill Butler, husband of Minister for Parliament Patricia Ferguson, has been an occasional rebel and voice of left-wing Old Labour


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16749
58.8
SNP
5756
20.2
CON
3032
10.6
LD
1804
6.3
SSP
1000
3.5
SLP
139
0.5
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15102
56.5
SNP
4048
15.1
LD
3244
12.1
CON
2651
9.9
SSP
1486
5.6
SLP
191
0.7
Vote Scotland 2003

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