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 Carrick Cumnock & Doon Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
George Foulkes Labour 22,174 55.3 -4.5
Gordon Millar Conservative 7,318 18.2 +1.2
Tom Wilson SNP 6,258 15.6 -1.1
Amy Rodger Liberal Democrat 2,932 7.3 +2.0
Amanda McFarlane Scottish Socialist 1,058 2.6  
James McDaid Socialist Labour 367 0.9  
Majority 14,856 37.0
Turnout 40,107 61.8 -13.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.9% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 4.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The hills and coastal scenery of this seat attract a good many tourists, but there is also a significant industrial heritage.

Macadam experimented with his tarmaced roads here, and although the ironworks closed years ago coal mining took place around Cumnock until quite recently.

There is farming to the south, and there is a small seaside resort at Girvan, but it is the industrial regions that are more heavily populated and which have in the past provided strong Labour support.

Keir Hardie, co-founder of the Labour party and one of its first ever candidates, lived in Cumnock for many years.

This seat was represented by Jim Sillars, between 1970 and 1979, first for Labour and then for the breakaway Scottish Labour Party which he founded.

He was beaten at the following general election by official Labour candidate George Foulkes, now a Scottish Office minister.

George Foulkes was returned at the 1997 election with the largest majority in Scotland of 21,062 votes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Carrick Cumnock & Doon Valley
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
George Foulkes Labour 29,398 59.8
Alaisdair Marshall Conservative 8,336 17.0
Christine Hutchison SNP 8,190 16.7
Derek Young Liberal Democrat 2,613 5.3
John Higgins Referendum 634 1.3
Majority 21,062 42.8
Turnout 49,171 75.0
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Carrick Cumnock & Doon Valley
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Cathy Jamieson Labour 19,667 47.9
Adam Ingram SNP 10,864 26.4
John Scott Conservative 8,123 19.8
David Hannay Liberal Democrat 2,441 5.9
Majority 8,803 21.5
Turnout 41,095 61.9
 
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