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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Rutherglen
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Janis Hughes
LAB
10794
45.8
-0.5
Robert Brown
LD
4491
19.1
-0.9
Anne McLaughlin
SNP
3517
14.9
-6.3
Gavin Brown
CON
2499
10.6
+2.6
Bill Bonnar
SSP
2259
9.6
+6.7
MAJORITY 
6303
26.8
TURNOUT 
23560
47.6
ELECTORATE
49512

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Rutherglen
Rutherglen was once a distinctive town but the seat is now mostly made up of vast council estates south-east of the city centre. The name Rutherglen is said to come from Gaelic for reddish glen after the red clay found here. At its northern border it blends into Glasgow's suburbs and the vast Castlemilk housing scheme. Rutherglen has always striven to maintain some autonomy since it was absorbed by Glasgow in the 1970s. It is the oldest burgh in Scotland - 500 years older than Glasgow, and proud enough of its history to have its own museum. The seat includes not only Rutherglen itself but also the town of Cambuslang, and the housing scheme at Fernhill. Steel and pottery have been major industries in the past, but both have been in decline over the last 30 years.

Although strictly speaking no longer part of Glasgow, it has fitted the pattern as a safe Labour seat. There were no surprises in the 1999 elections, which saw Janis Hughes win the seat with a majority of 25% of the vote. The SNP increased its vote in 1999, establishing a firm second place.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13442
46.3
SNP
6155
21.2
LD
5798
20
CON
2315
8
SSP
832
2.9
SLP
481
1.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16760
57.4
SNP
4135
14.2
LD
3689
12.6
CON
3301
11.3
SSP
1328
4.5
Vote Scotland 2003

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