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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Livingston
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Bristow Muldoon
LAB
13327
43.6
-3.7
Peter Johnston
SNP
9657
31.6
-5.1
Lindsay Paterson
CON
2848
9.3
+1.1
Paul McGreal
LD
2714
8.9
+1.1
Robert Richard
SSP
1640
5.4
+5.4
Stephen Milburn
SPA
371
1.2
+1.2
MAJORITY 
3670
12.0
TURNOUT 
30557
46.7
ELECTORATE
65421

DESCRIPTION: Livingston
Livingston, the only new town in Lothian, is at the heart of what has become known as Silicon Glen. It has grown on the back of the electronics industry, with giants such as NEC and Mitsubishi establishing plants here. However, the notoriously cyclical nature of the industry has made many local jobs vulnerable. In 2001, NEC announced the closure of its factory with the loss of more than 1,200 jobs.

Lothian regional councillor Bristow Muldoon won the seat for Labour in the Scottish Parliament with a much reduced majority compared to 1997, of 3,904 votes. This was largely due to Labour voters failing to turn out rather than a stronger SNP, who only polled an extra 556 votes. Mr Muldoon became convener of the parliament’s transport committee. The SNP will be looking to fight as the main challengers in this constituency.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17313
47.3
SNP
13409
36.7
CON
3014
8.2
LD
2834
7.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19108
53
SNP
8492
23.6
LD
3969
11
CON
2995
8.3
SSP
1110
3.1
UKIP
359
1
Vote Scotland 2003

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