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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Renfrewshire West
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Trish Godman
LAB
9671
34.2
-4.5
Bruce McFee
SNP
7179
25.4
-4.5
Annabel Goldie
CON
6867
24.3
+2.2
Alison King
LD
2902
10.3
+2.2
Gerry McCartney
SSP
1683
5.9
+5.9
MAJORITY 
2492
8.8
TURNOUT 
28302
55.5
ELECTORATE
50963

DESCRIPTION: Renfrewshire West
As well as Port Glasgow, this constituency comprises small towns and villages on the Firth of Clyde, west of Glasgow. These include Bishopton, Ranfurly, Lochwinnoch, Erskine and Kilmacolm. Much of the housing in the seat is owner-occupied. The military industry in Renfrewshire West and its neighbouring constituencies provides a major source of employment for people who live here. The Bishopton munitions manufacturing complex, as well as new offices for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, are here while Faslane, home to Trident, and the Govan Shipyards are within commuting distance.

This seat was created in 1983 and held for one term by Anna McCurley for the Conservatives. Labourís Tommy Graham won it in 1987, but was suspended in 1998 for bringing the party into disrepute. He did not stand in 2001 but the seat stayed Labour with a comfortable majority. Labour's Trish Godman won the Holyrood seat in 1999 and was convener of the parliament's local government committee. Employment will be an issue in an area that suffers from the ups and downs of the electronics industry.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12708
37.3
SNP
9815
28.8
CON
7243
21.3
LD
2659
7.8
IND
1136
3.3
SWP
476
1.4
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15720
46.9
SNP
7145
21.3
CON
5522
16.5
LD
4185
12.5
SSP
925
2.8
Vote Scotland 2003

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