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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Paisley South
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Hugh Henry
LAB
10190
40.8
-6.5
Bill Martin
SNP
7737
31.0
-1.0
Eileen McCartin
LD
3517
14.1
+4.0
Mark Jones
CON
1775
7.1
-1.2
Frances Curran
SSP
1765
7.1
+7.1
MAJORITY 
2453
9.8
TURNOUT 
24984
50.2
ELECTORATE
49818

DESCRIPTION: Paisley South
Located in industrial Clydeside, the town grew up on the linen trade, and textiles is still an important, if declining, industry. But unemployment has been a problem in recent years. This seat includes just over half of the town centre, as well as the smaller town of Johnstone.

The MP is Douglas Alexander, brother of Wendy, who has been the MSP for neighbouring Paisley North. He won it in an acrimonious by-election in 1999. Renfrewshire councillor Hugh Henry won the Holyrood seat for Labour with a majority of more than 4,000 votes over his SNP challenger. After a spell as convener of the parliament's European committee, he became a deputy minister, first for health, then justice. Like many urban west of Scotland seats, jobs creation and social issues are likely to play a significant part in the campaign.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13899
45.3
SNP
9404
30.7
LD
2974
9.7
CON
2433
7.9
IND
1273
4.2
SWP
673
2.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
17830
58.4
SNP
5920
19.4
LD
3178
10.4
CON
2301
7.5
SSP
835
2.7
PLA
346
1.1
IND
126
0.4
Vote Scotland 2003

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