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 Coatbridge & Chryston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tom Clarke Labour 19,807 65.3 -3.0
Peter Kearney SNP 4,493 14.8 -2.2
Alistair Tough Liberal Democrat 2,293 7.6 +2.2
Patrick Ross-Taylor Conservative 2,171 7.2 -1.4
Lynne Sheridan Scottish Socialist 1,547 5.1  
Majority 15,314 50.5
Turnout 30,311 58.1 -14.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.8% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 8.0% from SNP to Labour

Description
This seat is located north-east of Glasgow in an industrial working-class environment, with Coatbridge serving as by far its largest town.

The townís industrial legacy stretches from the late 19th century when Coatbridge was know as the "Iron Burgh".

Smaller communities are found at Glenboig, Stepps, Auchinloch and Chryston and, like Coatbridge, most have economies centred around various manufacturing industries.

Unemployment is relatively high, as is the number of council-rented homes - Calder is mostly made up of council estates.

Coatbridge also boasts Scotlandís only electric tramway in its Summerlee Heritage Park, which uses working exhibits to breathe life into the industrial heritage of the area.

Former Minister for Films Tom Clarke has held this constituency since a by-election in 1982 following the death of Labour MP James Dempsey.

His majority at the last election was a commanding 19,292 votes. Labourís Elaine Smith won the seat in the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999 with ease, with a solid 59.35% of all the votes cast, and accrueing a majority of 10,406 votes over the SNP candidate.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Coatbridge & Chryston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tom Clarke Labour 25,694 68.3
Brian Nugent SNP 6,402 17.0
Andrew Wauchope Conservative 3,216 8.6
Morag Daly Liberal Democrat 2,048 5.4
Bernard Bowsley Referendum 249 0.7
Majority 19,292 51.3
Turnout 37,609 72.3
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Coatbridge & Chryston
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Elaine Smith Labour 17,923 59.4
Peter Kearney SNP 7,519 24.9
Gordon Lind Conservative 2,867 9.5
Jane Hook Liberal Democrat 1,889 6.3
Majority 10,404 34.5
Turnout 30,198 57.3
 
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