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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Kilmarnock & Loudoun
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Margaret Jamieson
LAB
12633
40.1
-3.9
Daniel Coffey
SNP
11423
36.2
-0.9
Robin Traquair
CON
3295
10.4
-1.2
Ian Gibson
LD
1571
5.0
-2.2
Colin Rutherford
SSP
1421
4.5
+4.5
May Anderson
IND
404
1.3
+1.3
Matthew Donnelly
IND
402
1.3
+1.3
Lyndsay McIntosh
SPA
371
1.2
+1.2
MAJORITY 
1240
3.9
TURNOUT 
31550
51.6
ELECTORATE
61055

DESCRIPTION: Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Kilmarnock is by far the largest town in this constituency. Like the rest of the seat, it is industrial in nature and home to both heavy and light engineering plants, meat canning factories and the Johnnie Walker whisky distillery. The smaller towns east of Kilmarnock grew up on textile manufacture, and the carpet, knitwear and shoe industries are still important today. But unemployment here is higher than Scotlandís average.

Kilmarnock, and from 1983 Kilmarnock and Loudon, has been a Labour seat since 1945. Labour's Margaret Jamieson saw off a strong challenge from the SNP's Alex Neil (now a list MSP) to win the Holyrood seat in 1999. She has run into some controversy: while taking part in the parliament's business exchange scheme, she signed a confidentiality agreement with drugs company Pfizer, despite being deputy convener of the health committee. She again hit the headlines when it was revealed she had claimed more in expenses than any other MSP, although she put much of that down to the over-ordering of stationery by an assistant. The SNP has long seen the seat as a prime target.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17345
44.1
SNP
14585
37.1
CON
4589
11.7
LD
2830
7.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19926
52.9
SNP
9592
25.5
CON
3943
10.5
LD
3177
8.4
SSP
1027
2.7
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