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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Maryhill
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Patricia Ferguson
LAB
8997
49.3
-0.5
Bill Wilson
SNP
3629
19.9
-11.1
Donnie Nicolson
SSP
2945
16.1
+9.9
Arthur Sanderson
LD
1785
9.8
+2.0
Robert Erskine
CON
887
4.9
-0.3
MAJORITY 
5368
29.4
TURNOUT 
18243
37.1
ELECTORATE
49119

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Maryhill
Maryhill is a residential seat north-west of the city but borders its centre at its southern extreme, where it takes in half of the Botanical Gardens. It also contains Firhill, home to Partick Thistle football club. The housing is a mixture large council estates and owner-occupied terraces. Unemployment is high and the ethnic minority population, though small, is large for a Glasgow seat. The greatest concentration of Chinese people in Scotland live here, although that still accounts for less than 1% of the whole population. With mainly working-class residents, it has been no surprise that Labour should have done so well here.

This has been yet another safe Labour seat in Glasgow, held by them since 1945. Patricia Ferguson won the Scottish Parliament seat for Labour with a comfortable 4,326 majority. Initially elected as one of the parliament's deputy presiding officers, she was brought into government by Jack McConnell in 2001 as minister for parliament. Her husband, Bill Butler, became MSP for neighbouring Anniesland. This was one of a handful of seats where the Scottish Socialist Party forced its way into fourth place in 1999.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
11455
49.8
SNP
7129
31
LD
1793
7.8
SSP
1439
6.3
CON
1194
5.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13420
60.4
SNP
3532
15.9
LD
2372
10.7
SSP
1745
7.8
CON
1162
5.2
Vote Scotland 2003

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