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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Airdrie & Shotts
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Karen Whitefield
LAB
14209
56.6
+1.4
Gil Paterson
SNP
5232
20.9
-7.3
Alan Melville
CON
2203
8.8
-0.8
Fraser Coats
SSP
2096
8.4
+8.4
Kevin Lang
LD
1346
5.4
-1.7
MAJORITY 
8977
35.8
TURNOUT 
25086
49.2
ELECTORATE
60608

DESCRIPTION: Airdrie & Shotts
Situated near the eastern outskirts of Glasgow, Airdrie and Shotts is the successor seat to John Smith's old Monklands East fortress. The late Labour leader had a 15,712 majority. After his death in 1994 Labour won by only 1,640 votes over the SNP in a bitter by-election contest, the nationalist surge helped by scandal on the then Labour council, Monklands. The SNP vote receded in time for the 1997 election, however. In 1999 Labourís Karen Whitefield became the MSP with a healthy majority, and Helen Liddell increased her majority at the 2001 general election.

Airdrie is by far the largest centre of population and, like Shotts, is an industrial town suffering from a decline in traditional industries such as engineering, coal, iron and steel. Shotts is home to one of Scotland's main prisons. The seat has relatively high levels of unemployment and the announcement in February of the impending closure of the Boots cosmetics factory in Airdrie with the loss of 1,000 jobs will not help matters.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18338
55.2
SNP
9353
28.2
CON
3177
9.6
LD
2345
7.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18478
58.2
SNP
6138
19.3
LD
2376
7.5
CON
1960
6.2
SUP
1439
4.5
SSP
1171
3.7
SLP
174
0.5
Vote Scotland 2003

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