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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Greenock & Inverclyde
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Duncan McNeil
LAB
9674
40.7
-0.6
Ross Finnie
LD
6665
28.0
+1.8
Tom Chalmers
SNP
3532
14.9
-8.8
Tricia McCafferty
SSP
2338
9.8
+6.8
Michael Dunlop
CON
1572
6.6
+0.7
MAJORITY 
3009
12.7
TURNOUT 
23781
51.7
ELECTORATE
46045

DESCRIPTION: Greenock & Inverclyde
Although the seat is largely rural, most of its population live in the industrial town of Greenock. It grew up as a shipbuilding town, having become the home of the first dock on the Clyde in 1711, but with the decline of shipbuilding, industrial diversification has taken place and computer and electronics firms are the major employers today.

This has been a traditional Labour safe seat in the past with close-run battles for second place. Greenock has a long tradition of Liberal voting and it was the second-placed party until 1992 when the SNP came second. The boundary changes after 1992 saw the former shipbuilding town of Port Glasgow transferred to neighbouring Renfrewshire West and a large area of rural and coastal Inverclyde added to the seat. This changed the balance, making the Conservatives the main challengers. After 1997 the SNP was once again in second place. GMB Officer Duncan McNeil won the Hoylrood seat for Labour in 1999 with a much reduced majority, in comparison with 1997, of 4,313 votes.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
11817
41.3
LD
7504
26.2
SNP
6762
23.6
CON
1699
5.9
SSP
857
3
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14929
52.5
LD
5039
17.7
SNP
4248
14.9
CON
3000
10.6
SSP
1203
4.2
Vote Scotland 2003

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