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 Dumbarton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John McFall Labour 16,151 47.5 -2.1
Iain Robertson SNP 6,576 19.3 -3.9
Eric Thompson Liberal Democrat 5,265 15.5 +7.9
Peter Ramsay Conservative 4,648 13.7 -3.9
Les Robertson Scottish Socialist 1,354 4.0  
Majority 9,575 28.2
Turnout 33,994 60.4 -13.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.9% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 7.3% from SNP to Labour

Description
The seat is a mixture of urban and rural areas, with the population clustered in the south and hills, while glens and lochs dominate the landscape elsewhere.

Helensburgh is a middle-class seaside and commuter town, while towns in the Vale of Leven (such as Renton, Alexandria and Banhill) are all industrial in character. Dumbarton's principal industry was once shipbuilding - the Cutty Sark was built there - but now whisky bottling and blending are more important concerns.

Loch Lomond is being developed as one of the Scotlandís new national parks, under a Scottish Parliament initiative. A £60m development is also under construction at the neighbouring town of Balloch, to provide a visitors centre for the "national park", IMAX cinema and a retail park.

Labour has represented this seat in its various forms since 1936. The Conservatives were the second place party (with the exception of October 1974) until the 1997 General Election when the SNP overtook them.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Dumbarton
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
John McFall Labour 20,470 49.6
Bill Mackechnie SNP 9,587 23.2
Peter Ramsay Conservative 7,283 17.6
Alan Reid Liberal Democrat 3,144 7.6
Les Robertson Other 283 0.7
George Dempster Referendum 255 0.6
Derek Lancaster UK Independence 242 0.6
Majority 10,883 26.4
Turnout 41,264 73.4
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Dumbarton
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Jackie Baillie Labour 15,181 43.7
Lloyd Quinan SNP 10,434 30.1
Donald Reece Conservative 5,060 14.6
Paul Coleshill Liberal Democrat 4,035 11.6
Majority 4,747 13.6
Turnout 34,710 61.2
 
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