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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Strathkelvin & Bearsden
IND Gain
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jean Turner
IND
10988
31.1
+31.1
Brian Fitzpatrick
LAB
10550
29.9
-21.4
Jo Swinson
LD
4950
14.0
+4.1
Fiona McLeod
SNP
4846
13.7
-8.6
Rory O'Brien
CON
4002
11.3
-5.2
MAJORITY 
430
1.2
TURNOUT 
35328
57.1
ELECTORATE
61905

DESCRIPTION: Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Bearsden is an affluent middle class commuter town serving Glasgow, with high levels of owner-occupation (76.8%) and professionals and managers are numerous (44.6%) in this seat. But its political heart is in the Labour-voting towns of Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch. These were once centres for coal mining and metal founding, but most of those heavy industries have long been gone since the 1930s. The main industries now are book-publishing, construction, transport and agriculture with a growing number of firms in the light industrial sector.

Sam Galbraith won the Holyrood seat in 1999 but stood down for health reasons in 2001. The by-election, held on the same day as the Westminster elections, saw Brian Fitzpatrick, former chief of staff to Donald Dewar, hold the seat, but he faced a strong challenge from a retired local GP, Jean Turner, standing as an independent against the downgrading of services at the neighbouring Stobhill Hospital.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
21505
50.7
SNP
9384
22.1
CON
6934
16.4
LD
4144
9.8
IND
423
1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19250
46.4
LD
7533
18.2
SNP
6675
16.1
CON
6635
16
SSP
1393
3.4
Vote Scotland 2003

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