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 Glasgow Pollok
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ian Davidson Labour 15,497 61.3 +1.4
David Ritchie SNP 4,229 16.7 -1.2
Keith Baldassara Scottish Socialist 2,522 10.0  
Isabel Nelson Liberal Democrat 1,612 6.4 +2.9
Rory O'Brien Conservative 1,417 5.6 -0.4
Majority 11,268 44.6
Turnout 25,277 51.4 -15.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.9% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 13.4% from SNP to Labour

Description
Half of Pollok Park is found here but open green space is thin on the ground as council estates occupy much of the seat's territory.

Social deprivation and poor housing are serious problems in areas such as Nitshill, Priesthill, Arden and Corkerhill. Elsewhere in Glasgow substantial renewal has taken, or is taking, place, but Pollok offers little to attract the envy of residents in other parts of the city, let alone tourists.

A major problem for the area at the moment is chronic lack of investment in council houses. This is partially due to Scottish Executive plans to transfer social housing to the private sector, which means that local authorities are holding off on paying for vital improvements until it is transferred out of their responsibility.

The major employer in the constituency is the National Savings Bank, providing jobs for some 1,200 people. Redundancies were threatened in early 2000, but its transfer to Siemens Business Systems (from Barclays Bank) in July 2000 secured the jobs and created the possibility of greater employment in the future.

Many Pollok residents are also employed in neighbouring constituencies at the Rolls Royce Air Engines plant and Govan shipyards.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Glasgow Pollok
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ian Davidson Labour 19,653 59.9
David Logan SNP 5,862 17.9
Tommy Sheridan Other 3,639 11.1
Edwin Hamilton Conservative 1,979 6.0
David Jago Liberal Democrat 1,137 3.5
Monica Gott ProLife Alliance 380 1.2
Derek Haldane Referendum 152 0.5
Majority 13,791 42.0
Turnout 32,802 66.5
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Glasgow Pollok
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Johann Lamont Labour 11,405 43.7
Kenneth Gibson SNP 6,763 25.9
Thomas Sheridan Scottish Socialist 5,611 21.5
Rory O'Brien Conservative 1,370 5.3
James King Liberal Democrat 931 3.6
Majority 4,642 17.8
Turnout 26,080 52.8
 
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