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 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Rosemary McKenna Labour 16,144 54.4 -4.3
David McGlashan SNP 8,624 29.0 +1.2
John O'Donnell Liberal Democrat 1,934 6.5 +2.7
Alison Ross Conservative 1,460 4.9 -1.9
Kenny McEwan Scottish Socialist 1,287 4.3  
Thomas Taylor Scottish Freedom 250 0.8  
Majority 7,520 25.3
Turnout 29,699 59.7 -15.3
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.2% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 5.7% from SNP to Labour

Cumbernauld is situated 15 miles north east of Glasgow, with the smaller and older town of Kilsyth a near neighbour to its north across the river Kelvin.

Cumbernauld grew to accommodate the overspill of Glasgow's population and was granted new town status in 1956. It is typically uncompromising in appearance, made up of concrete and council estates. Both towns are predominantly working-class, and both are home to varied light industries including computer and engineering businesses. A bottling plant for the Irn Bru soft drink was recently built on one of Cumbernauld’s greenfield sites.

Cumbernauld’s name derives from the Gaelic Cumar-nan-Alt, "the Meeting of the Waters", thought to be due to the town’s proximity to the tributaries of the major Scottish rivers the Forth and the Clyde. The town’s fifteen minutes of fame came when it was used as the setting for Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl in 1980.

Kilsyth’s name is derived from that of the river Kelvin, and the town is also the reputed home of the first Scottish potatoes, early in the eighteenth century.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Rosemary McKenna Labour 21,141 58.7
Colin Barrie SNP 10,013 27.8
Ian Sewell Conservative 2,441 6.8
John Biggam Liberal Democrat 1,368 3.8
Jan Kara ProLife Alliance 609 1.7
Kenny McEwan Other 345 1.0
Pamela Cook Referendum 107 0.3
Majority 11,128 30.9
Turnout 36,024 75.0
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Cathy Craigie Labour 15,182 49.6
Andrew Wilson SNP 10,923 35.7
Hugh O'Donnell Liberal Democrat 2,029 6.6
Robin Slack Conservative 1,362 4.4
Kenny McEwan Scottish Socialist 1,116 3.6
Majority 4,259 13.9
Turnout 30,612 61.3