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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Pollok
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Johann Lamont
LAB
9357
43.4
-0.3
Tommy Sheridan
SSP
6016
27.9
+6.4
Kenny Gibson
SNP
4118
19.1
-6.8
Ashraf Anjum
CON
1012
4.7
-0.6
Isabel Nelson
LD
962
4.5
+0.9
Robert Ray
PE
73
0.3
+0.3
MAJORITY 
3341
15.5
TURNOUT 
21538
45.7
ELECTORATE
47134

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Pollok
Half of Pollok Park and the world-renowned Burrell Collection are found here, but open green space is thin on the ground as council estates occupy much of the territory. Social deprivation and poor housing are serious problems in areas such as Nitshill, Priesthill, Arden and Corkerhill. The controversy over the transfer of the city's housing stock to the private sector may be an issue here, as will continuing high levels of unemployment, though there have been some recent jobs boosts in the call-centre sector.

Pollok has been regarded as among the safest Labour seats in Scotland, but it is the heartland of Scottish Socialist leader Tommy Sheridan, who came third in 1999, before going on to win a seat via the Glasgow regional list. Johann Lamont, well-known for her old Labour credentials, won the seat for Labour in 1999 with a respectable 17.8% majority over the SNP's Kenny Gibson (another regional winner). She went on to become convener of the parliament's social justice committee. The SSP will mount a strong challenge.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
11405
43.7
SNP
6763
25.9
SSP
5611
21.5
CON
1370
5.3
LD
931
3.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15497
61.3
SNP
4229
16.7
SSP
2522
10
LD
1612
6.4
CON
1417
5.6
Vote Scotland 2003

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