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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Govan
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Gordon Jackson
LAB
7834
37.1
-6.2
Nicola Sturgeon
SNP
6599
31.2
-5.4
Jimmy Scott
SSP
2369
11.2
+6.4
Faisal Butt
CON
1878
8.9
+0.0
Paul Graham
LD
1807
8.5
+2.9
Abdul Dean
IND
226
1.1
+1.1
John Foster
CPB
215
1.0
+0.3
Asif Nasir
SPA
208
1.0
+1.0
MAJORITY 
1235
5.8
TURNOUT 
21136
43.4
ELECTORATE
48635

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Govan
Govan is famous for its docklands and shipyards. But it has not simply been a depressed working-class industrial district; it includes Queen's Park and Pollok country park, and the plush owner-occupied suburbs of Pollokshields and Shawlands. Ibrox, home to Glasgow Rangers FC, is also here. Although the constituency has the highest proportion of ethnic minorities of all the Glasgow seats, the electorate is predominantly white. The fate of the BAE shipyard, perennially the focus of uncertainty, has been secured for the foreseeable future with the announcement of orders for two new Royal Navy carriers.

This has been the most unpredictable of the Glasgow seats - it has been won by the SNP in two by-elections in the last 30 years (1973 and 1988). The 1999 election was overshadowed by allegations against MP Mohammed Sarwar. He was suspended from Labour after newspaper allegations that he bribed a rival candidate and interfered with the electoral register. He was eventually cleared and reinstated in March 1999. Gordon Jackson QC held the Labour line a matter of weeks later, elected to Holyrood with a majority of 6.7% over SNP challenger Nicola Sturgeon. The whiff of scandal may have receded, but Govan is always a key target for the SNP.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
11421
43.3
SNP
9665
36.6
CON
2343
8.9
LD
1479
5.6
SSP
1275
4.8
CPB
190
0.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12464
49.3
SNP
6064
24
LD
2815
11.1
CON
2167
8.6
SSP
1531
6.1
CPB
174
0.7
IND
69
0.3
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