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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Hamilton North & Bellshill
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Michael McMahon
LAB
12812
53.0
+4.2
Alex Neil
SNP
4907
20.3
-10.5
Charles Ferguson
CON
2625
10.8
+0.6
Shareen Blackhall
SSP
1932
8.0
+8.0
Sibohan Mathers
LD
1477
6.1
-0.6
Gordon McIntosh
SPA
442
1.8
+1.8
MAJORITY 
7905
32.7
TURNOUT 
24195
46.6
ELECTORATE
51965

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton North & Bellshill
Hamilton North and Bellshill contain a number of individual communities, such as Uddingston, Holytown and a small part of Hamilton. All are united in being predominantly working-class and industrial. Ten miles south-east of Glasgow, this is an ex-mining area which is also close to the Ravenscraig former steelworks. Economically, things have not been so good for the seat's inhabitants, and employment creation remains an issue. Among recent blows was the loss of 290 jobs with the closure of the Daks Simpson clothing factory in Larkhall.

This has been another safe Labour seat. Leader of the House and former Scottish Secretary Dr John Reid has been the MP for this area since 1987. Michael McMahon won the Scottish Parliament seat for Labour with a much reduced majority, compared to 1997, of nearly 18% of the vote. The SNP was the closest behind, increasing its votes haul in 1999 by more than 2,000 despite a lower turnout than in 1997.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15227
48.8
SNP
9621
30.8
CON
3199
10.2
LD
2105
6.7
SLP
1064
3.4
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18786
61.8
SNP
5225
17.2
CON
2649
8.7
LD
2360
7.8
SSP
1189
3.9
SLP
195
0.6
Vote Scotland 2003

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