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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Cathcart
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Mike Watson
LAB
8742
39.2
-8.9
David Ritchie
SNP
3630
16.3
-11.9
Richard Cook
CON
2888
12.9
+0.7
Malcolm Wilson
SSP
2819
12.6
+12.6
Pat Lally
LHC
2419
10.8
+10.8
Tom Henery
LD
1741
7.8
-0.3
Robert Wilson
PE
68
0.3
+0.3
MAJORITY 
5112
22.9
TURNOUT 
22307
45.5
ELECTORATE
49017

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Cathcart
The level of home-ownership here is the highest in the city yet there are also some vast council estates. The once notorious Castlemilk housing scheme is within the seat, along with solid working-class areas like Carnwadric and Kennishead. The seat stretches south from the centre of the city to the southern outskirts and also includes some plush leafy areas around Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football.

It was held at Westminster by Tory populist Teddy Taylor from 1964 until 1979 when Labour peer Lord Watson of Invergowrie (Mike Watson) won the Scottish Parliament seat with a solid 20.1% majority over the SNP.

A couple of years on the back benches saw him steer a bill to abolish hunting with dogs towards law. When Jack McConnell became first minister he made Mr Watson minister for tourism, culture and sport, but controversy dogged him over his stance on the downgrading of the Victoria Hospital in his constituency. He had shared a platform with hospital campaigners but, when the crunch came, toed the executive line - paving the way for a potential challenge from a hospitals campaign candidate.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12966
48.1
SNP
7592
28.1
CON
3311
12.3
LD
2187
8.1
SWP
920
3.4
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14902
54.4
SNP
4086
14.9
CON
3662
13.4
LD
3006
11
SSP
1730
6.3
Vote Scotland 2003

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