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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Motherwell & Wishaw
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jack McConnell
LAB
13739
54.1
+8.2
Lloyd Quinan
SNP
4480
17.6
-11.6
Mark Nolan
CON
2542
10.0
-2.2
John Milligan
SSP
1961
7.7
+7.7
John Swinburne
SSCU
1597
6.3
+6.3
Keith Legg
LD
1069
4.2
-2.0
MAJORITY 
9259
36.5
TURNOUT 
25388
49
ELECTORATE
51785

DESCRIPTION: Motherwell & Wishaw
This seat in the industrial heart of Scotland has suffered more than most from the decline in traditional industries. The former Ravenscraig steelworks were closed in 1992 with a loss of 1,500 jobs. The decline of coal and engineering has also meant job losses. The overwhelming majority of homes in this mainly working-class seat are council-rented. The industrial landscape has been softened in recent years through the development of Strathclyde Country Park, which includes a 200-acre artificial loch.

Motherwell has a historical significance for the SNP. It was the scene of the 1945 wartime by-election at which Dr Robert McIntyre was elected as the party’s first MP. Labour won the seat back at the 1945 general election and have held it ever since. Won by Jack McConnell, subsequently first minister, in 1999, it has gained a degree of notoriety after allegations of financial irregularities in the local Labour party. An internal inquiry cleared Mr McConnell and MP Frank Roy of any impropriety, but the affair symbolised for many the murky nature of Lanarkshire politics.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13925
45.9
SNP
8879
29.3
CON
3694
12.2
SLP
1941
6.4
LD
1895
6.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16681
56.2
SNP
5725
19.3
CON
3155
10.6
LD
2791
9.4
SSP
1260
4.2
SLP
61
0.2
Vote Scotland 2003

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