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 East Kilbride
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Adam Ingram Labour 22,205 53.3 -3.2
Archie Buchanan SNP 9,450 22.7 +1.8
Ewan Hawthorn Liberal Democrat 4,278 10.3 +3.1
Margaret McCulloch Conservative 4,238 10.2 -1.8
David Stevenson Scottish Socialist 1,519 3.6  
Majority 12,755 30.6
Turnout 41,690 62.6 -12.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.5% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.7% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 7.5% from SNP to Labour

Description
New Town of East Kilbride south of Glasgow - which was declared as Scotlandís first New Town in 1947. The constituency also has a rural hinterland stretching south to include Chapelton, Sandford, Glassford and the market town of Strathaven. Light engineering, service industries, textiles and woollens are the main generators of economic wealth with farming dominant in the south.

There are also modern industrial centres around the East Kilbride, which house various companies, including Motorola - which is now facing difficulties - Rolls Royce, British Energy and Fuji Electric. The Olympia Shopping Centre in the East Kilbride town centre has also been expanded to become one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe.

Levels of owner-occupation increased dramatically between 1981 and 1991 from 30% to 63% while the non-manual occupational groups now form nearly 60% compared to less than 50% in 1981. Unemployment is low.

Labour has held the seat of East Kilbride since its creation in February 1974. The closest they have yet come to losing it was in October 1974 when the SNP slashed their majority to 2,700.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 East Kilbride
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Adam Ingram Labour 27,584 56.5
George Gebbie SNP 10,200 20.9
Clifford Herbertson Conservative 5,863 12.0
Kate Philbrick Liberal Democrat 3,527 7.2
John Deighan ProLife Alliance 1,170 2.4
Julie Gray Referendum 306 0.6
Ewan Gilmour Natural Law 146 0.3
Majority 17,384 35.6
Turnout 48,796 74.8
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 East Kilbride
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Andy Kerr Labour 19,987 48.1
Linda Fabiani SNP 13,488 32.5
Craig Stevenson Conservative 4,665 11.2
Ewan Hawthorn Liberal Democrat 3,373 8.1
Majority 6,499 15.6
Turnout 41,513 62.2
 
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