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 Glasgow Baillieston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jimmy Wray Labour 14,200 61.0 -4.7
Lachie McNeill SNP 4,361 18.7 -0.4
David Comrie Conservative 1,580 6.8 -0.9
Jim McVicar Scottish Socialist 1,569 6.7  
Charles Dundas Liberal Democrat 1,551 6.7 +2.9
Majority 9,839 42.3
Turnout 23,261 47.2 -15.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.2% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.9% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 14.7% from SNP to Labour

Description
Glasgow was founded by St Mungo who built a church at a place he called "Glasgu", meaning dear, green place. That place is certainly not here, for there is little either dear or green about Baillieston. This area has suffered greatly from having the highest proportion of council housing in Britain and the lowest proportion of adults with higher education qualifications in Scotland.

It is industrial in character and accommodation is mostly in dilapidated council housing sited on both sides of the M8, which is the major road link from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The Easterhouse estate is perhaps the "typical" example of one of the seat's vast, unserviced concrete neighbourhoods that represent the worst horrors of post-war planning.

The constituency has generally poor standards of living, signified by high levels of unemployment, many one-parent families and problems with drug abuse.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Glasgow Baillieston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
James Wray Labour 20,925 65.7
Patsy Thomson SNP 6,085 19.1
Malcolm Kelly Conservative 2,468 7.7
Sheila Rainger Liberal Democrat 1,217 3.8
James McVicar Other 970 3.0
John McClafferty Referendum 188 0.6
Majority 14,840 46.6
Turnout 31,853 62.2
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Glasgow Baillieston
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Margaret Curran Labour 11,289 47.6
Dorothy Grace Elder SNP 8,217 34.7
James McVicar Scottish Socialist 1,864 7.9
Kate Pickering Conservative 1,526 6.4
Judith Fryer Liberal Democrat 813 3.4
Majority 3,072 12.9
Turnout 23,709 47.8
 
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