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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Kelvin
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Pauline McNeill
LAB
7880
35.7
-9.1
Sandra White
SNP
4591
20.8
-8.5
Douglas Herbison
LD
3334
15.1
+2.0
Andy Harvey
SSP
3159
14.3
+9.5
Gawain Towler
CON
1816
8.2
+0.3
Alistair McConnachie
IND
1300
5.9
+5.9
MAJORITY 
3289
14.9
TURNOUT 
22080
39.4
ELECTORATE
56038

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Kelvin
The city centre is contained in this one seat, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the main rail stations, the cathedral, BBC offices and Scottish Exhibition Centre. All three of Glasgow's universities are here too, making it supposedly the most educated seat in Scotland. The huge student population is an important factor in elections. The Merchant City is also here, yuppie housing built out of the disused cotton and tobacco warehouses. This area is a symbol of the rebirth of the city, and Kelvin is undoubtedly the most prosperous seat in Glasgow.

The predecessor seat, Glasgow Hillhead, was the last Conservative seat in the city until Roy Jenkins won it for the SDP at a by-election in 1982. He held it in 1983 general election but it was taken by George Galloway, one of Labour's more outspoken MPs, in 1987. He remains Kelvin's representative at Westminster. The Labour candidate in 1999, Pauline McNeill, won with a much reduced majority (compared with 1997) of 15.5%, although this was largely due to low turnout rather than a substantial increase in SNP support. She has built a profile as an influential backbench voice and convener of the Justice 2 Committee.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12711
44.8
SNP
8303
29.3
LD
3720
13.1
CON
2253
7.9
SSP
1375
4.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12014
44.8
LD
4754
17.7
SNP
4513
16.8
CON
2388
8.9
SSP
1847
6.9
GRN
1286
4.8
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