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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Shettleston
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Frank McAveety
LAB
9365
56.6
+2.6
Jim Byrne
SNP
3018
18.2
-9.1
Rosie Kane
SSP
2403
14.5
+6.5
Dorothy Luckhurst
CON
982
5.9
-0.2
Lewis Hutton
LD
779
4.7
+0.1
MAJORITY 
6347
38.4
TURNOUT 
16547
35.4
ELECTORATE
46730

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Shettleston
Shettleston takes in the area known as the Gorbals, once described as one of the worst slums in Europe. It quickly became synonymous with urban decay, want and deprivation. But like many other east-end tenement districts, it is undergoing a successful refurbishment programme. But poor housing is still a problem: the seat contains 25 tower blocks, more than any other Scottish seat. The constituency also includes Queen's Park, the famous Barras market, Parkhead, Tollcross and Shettleston itself, as well as Govanhill. The seat is industrial in character and has seemed unwavering in its devotion to the Labour cause. Famous landmarks include Celtic Park, and the home of Irn Bru.

Frank McAveety, previously leader of Glasgow City Council, won the seat in 1999 with 54% of the vote - though turnout was the lowest in Scotland at 40.6%. Appointed to a junior ministerial post by Donald Dewar, he was sacked by Henry McLeish, but fell into favour again under Jack McConnell as deputy health minister. The SNP was in second place in 1999 and the Lib Dems lost their deposit.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
11078
54
SNP
5611
27.3
SSP
1640
8
CON
1260
6.1
LD
943
4.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13235
64.7
SNP
3417
16.7
SSP
1396
6.8
LD
1105
5.4
CON
1082
5.3
SLP
230
1.1
Vote Scotland 2003

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