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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Hamilton South
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Tom McCabe
LAB
9546
46.5
-7.9
John Wilson
SNP
4722
23.0
-3.7
Margaret Mitchell
CON
2601
12.7
+1.4
Willie O'Neill
SSP
1893
9.2
+9.2
John Oswald
LD
1756
8.6
+0.9
MAJORITY 
4824
23.5
TURNOUT 
20518
44.9
ELECTORATE
45749

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton South
Nearly all of Hamilton is contained within this seat, a town which serves as the commercial and legal centre for Lanarkshire. It also boasts some of Glasgow's more prosperous suburbs and commuters are aided by the presence of the M74 running through its eastern half. It is predominantly a working-class area where coal and steel were once the prime industries.

In 1999, South Lanarkshire Council leader Tom McCabe won the seat for Labour with a solid 54.4% of the vote. He went on to serve Donald Dewar and Henry McLeish as minister for parliament. When George Robertson became NATO secretary general and a peer in August 1999, Labour held on in the subsequent Westminster by-election by the skin of its teeth in the face of a tough SNP challenge. The 2001 election saw Bill Tynan returned as MP with a 40% majority. Jobs and investment are a crucial issue, with many dependent on the electronics industry and related sectors.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14098
54.4
SNP
6922
26.7
CON
2918
11.3
LD
1982
7.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15965
59.7
SNP
5190
19.4
LD
2388
8.9
CON
1876
7
SSP
1187
4.4
UKIP
151
0.6
Vote Scotland 2003

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