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 Cunninghame South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Brian Donohoe Labour 16,424 58.4 -4.3
Bill Kidd SNP 5,194 18.5 -2.3
Pam Paterson Conservative 2,782 9.9 -0.2
John Boyd Liberal Democrat 2,094 7.4 +2.9
Rosemary Byrne Scottish Socialist 1,233 4.4  
Bobby Cochrane Socialist Labour 382 1.4 0.0
Majority 11,230 40.0
Turnout 28,109 56.2 -15.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.0% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 8.4% from SNP to Labour

Description
This is a far more urban seat than the neighbouring Cunninghame North. Irvine is the largest town in the constituency, and is the only new town to be sited on the coast in Britain and, like Cumbernauld, grew up to accommodate the overspill of Glasgow's population.

Although the region has suffered from problems associated with unemployment, Irvine has become home to the largest inward investment project in Scotland - the Caledonian paper mill - which has led to the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs.

Like most seats based around new towns, the constituency has a high proportion of council house tenants - 55% here at the last census in 1991. The seat as a whole is working-class in character with a varied industrial base and a tradition of Labour voting.

Cunninghame South is the successor seat to Ayrshire Central, and has been held by Labour since 1959.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cunninghame South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Brian Donohoe Labour 22,233 62.7
Margaret Burgess SNP 7,364 20.8
Pamela Paterson Conservative 3,571 10.1
Erlend Watson Liberal Democrat 1,604 4.5
Krishna Edwin Socialist Labour 494 1.4
Allan Martlew Referendum 178 0.5
Majority 14,869 42.0
Turnout 35,444 71.5
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Cunninghame South
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Irene Oldfather Labour 14,936 52.8
Michael Russell SNP 8,395 29.7
Murray Tosh Conservative 3,229 11.4
Stuart Ritchie Liberal Democrat 1,717 6.1
Majority 6,541 23.1
Turnout 28,277 55.3
 
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