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 Ayr
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Sandra Osborne Labour 16,801 43.6 -4.8
Phil Gallie Conservative 14,256 37.0 +3.2
Jim Mather SNP 4,621 12.0 -0.6
Stuart Richie Liberal Democrat 2,089 5.4 +0.7
James Stewart Scottish Socialist 692 1.8  
Joseph Smith UK Independence 101 0.3  
Majority 2,545 6.6
Turnout 38,560 69.3 -10.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 3.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Ayr has for years been a popular resort on Scotland's west coast, and tourists have been attracted as much by its connections with Robert Burns as by its sandy beaches and golf courses. Just north of Ayr is the more industrial town of Prestwick, famous for its international airport, and further north still is Troon - home to two championship golf courses.

Traditionally one of the more conservative towns in Scotland, Ayr was held by the Tories from 1950 until the 1997 General Election. The Labour landslide of 1997 delivered victory for Labour candidate Sandra Osborne, whose 14.6% majority was the largest recorded in the seat since 1983.

The Scottish Parliament elections in May 1999 witnessed another Labour victory, although this time with the narrowest of margins of 25 votes, after three recounts, over the Tory candidate - former MP for Ayr Phil Gallie.

However Labourís fortunes in Ayr plummeted with the decision of the new Labour MSP, Ian Welsh, to stand down just six months later. The first ever Scottish Parliament by-election was held here on 16 March 2000, and saw the return of Conservative John Scott as the new MSP for the seat, who pushed Labour into third place behind the SNP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ayr
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Sandra Osborne Labour 21,679 48.4
Phil Gallie Conservative 15,136 33.8
Ian Blackford SNP 5,625 12.6
Clare Hamblen Liberal Democrat 2,116 4.7
John Enos Referendum 200 0.4
Majority 6,543 14.6
Turnout 44,756 80.0
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Ayr
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Ian Welsh Labour 14,263 38.1
Phil Gallie Conservative 14,238 38.0
Roger Mullin SNP 7,291 19.5
Elaine Morris Liberal Democrat 1,662 4.4
Majority 25 0.1
Turnout 37,454 65.7
Scottish By-Election
 Ayr
Conservative gain from Labour
Name Party Votes %
John Scott Conservative 12,580 39.4
Jim Mather SNP 9,236 29.0
Rita Miller Labour 7,054 22.1
James Stewart Scottish Socialist 1,345 4.2
Stuart Ritchie Liberal Democrat 800 2.5
Gavin Corbett Green 460 1.4
William Botcherby Independent 186 0.6
Alistair McConnachie UK Independence 113 0.4
Robert Graham ProLife Alliance 111 0.4
Kevin Dillon Independent 15 0.1
Majority 3,344 10.4
Turnout 31,900 57.0
 
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