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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Linlithgow
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Mary Mulligan
LAB
11548
41.8
-3.9
Fiona Hyslop
SNP
9578
34.6
-2.3
Gordon Lindhurst
CON
3059
11.1
+1.6
Martin Oliver
LD
2093
7.6
-0.4
Steve Nimmo
SSP
1367
4.9
+4.9
MAJORITY 
1970
7.1
TURNOUT 
27645
51.1
ELECTORATE
54113

DESCRIPTION: Linlithgow
Linlithgow is a residential town west of Edinburgh, home to a fair number of middle-class commuters but also to some light industry, notably electronics. The seat was dealt a huge blow in April 2001 with the confirmation that the Motorola factory in Bathgate was to close, taking more than 3,000 jobs with it.

The Linlithgow constituency, known as West Lothian up until 1983, has been held for Labour at Westminster by Tam Dalyell since 1962. Edinburgh councillor Mary Mulligan won the seat for Labour in the Scottish Parliament with a majority of nearly 3,000 votes over the second-placed SNP. She is now deputy health minister in the executive.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15247
45.1
SNP
12319
36.5
CON
3158
9.3
LD
2643
7.8
IND
415
1.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17207
54.4
SNP
8078
25.5
CON
2836
9
LD
2628
8.3
SSP
695
2.2
RRLP
211
0.7
Vote Scotland 2003

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