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 Glasgow Rutherglen
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tommy McAvoy Labour 16,760 57.4 -0.1
Anne McLaughlin SNP 4,135 14.2 -1.1
David Jackson Liberal Democrat 3,689 12.6 -1.9
Malcolm Macaskill Conservative 3,301 11.3 +2.0
Bill Bonnar Scottish Socialist 1,328 4.5  
Majority 12,625 43.2
Turnout 29,213 56.3 -13.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.1% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 9.1% from SNP to Labour

Description
Rutherglen was once a distinctive town - and still trades on its burgh status - but the Rutherglen constituency is now mostly made up of vast, anonymous-looking council estates south east of the city centre.

The name Rutherglen is said to come from Gaelic for "reddish glen" after the red clay found here. At its northern border it blends into Glasgow’s suburbs and the vast Castlemilk housing scheme.

Rutherglen itself has always striven to maintain some autonomy since it was absorbed by Glasgow in the 1970s. It is the oldest burgh in Scotland - 500 years older than Glasgow, in fact - and is proud enough of its history to have its own museum. This seat includes not only Rutherglen itself but also the town of Cambuslang, and the housing scheme at Fernhill.

Steel and pottery have been major industries in this seat, but both have been in decline over the last 30 years.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Glasgow Rutherglen
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Thomas McAvoy Labour 20,430 57.5
Ian Gray SNP 5,423 15.3
Robert Brown Liberal Democrat 5,167 14.5
David Campbell Bannerman Conservative 3,288 9.3
George Easton Independent 812 2.3
Rosie Kane Other 251 0.7
Julia Kerr Referendum 150 0.4
Majority 15,007 42.2
Turnout 35,521 70.1
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Glasgow Rutherglen
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Janice Hughes Labour 13,442 46.3
Tom Chalmers SNP 6,155 21.2
Robert Brown Liberal Democrat 5,798 20.0
Iain Stewart Conservative 2,315 8.0
William Bonnar Scottish Socialist 832 2.9
James Nisbet Socialist Labour 481 1.7
Majority 7,287 25.1
Turnout 29,023 56.4
 
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