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 Clydesdale
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jimmy Hood Labour 17,822 46.6 -5.9
Jim Wright SNP 10,028 26.2 +4.1
Kevin Newton Conservative 5,034 13.2 -3.1
Moira Craig Liberal Democrat 4,111 10.8 +2.4
Paul Cockshott Scottish Socialist 974 2.5  
Donald Mackay UK Independence 253 0.7  
Majority 7,794 20.4
Turnout 38,222 59.3 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.0% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.4% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 5.2% from SNP to Labour

Description
Clydesdale is a large, sparsely populated seat following the routes of the river Clyde and the M74 south and east of Hamilton.

Some areas were once noted for coal mining, like Carluke, but most of the territory comprises hills and moorland and agricultural land.

The constituency’s largest towns are Lanark, Larkhall, Biggar and Stonehouse, and all are home to various light industries.

Although mining has stopped, the extraction of sand and gravel still takes place around Carstairs.

This area has been represented by a Labour MP since 1959 when Dame Judith Hart won the predecessor seat, Lanark, from the Conservatives.

The SNP came within 698 votes of unseating her in October 1974, but they fell back to third place in 1979 and have had little luck in elections here since. They only replaced the Conservatives as the second placed party at the 1997 General Election.

The success of Karen Gillon in winning the seat for Labour in the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999 came as no great surprise.

However, the SNP managed to strengthen their standing in the seat, capturing nearly 3,000 more votes than at the 1997 general election

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Clydesdale
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jimmy Hood Labour 23,859 52.5
Andrew Doig SNP 10,050 22.1
Mark Izatt Conservative 7,396 16.3
Sandra Grieve Liberal Democrat 3,796 8.4
Kenneth Smith BNP 311 0.7
Majority 13,809 30.4
Turnout 45,412 71.6
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Clydesdale
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Karen Turnbull Labour 16,755 43.0
Ann Winning SNP 12,875 33.1
Charles Cormack Conservative 5,814 14.9
Sandra Grieve Liberal Democrat 3,503 9.0
Majority 3,880 9.9
Turnout 38,947 60.0
 
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