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 Glasgow Springburn (Speaker)
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michael Martin Speaker (Lab) 16,053 66.6 -4.8
Sandy Bain SNP 4,675 19.4 +2.9
Carolyn Leckie Scottish Socialist 1,879 7.8  
Daniel Houston Scottish Unionist 1,289 5.3  
Richard Silvester Independent 208 0.9  
Majority 11,378 47.2
Turnout 24,104 43.7 -15.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.8% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997)  
Against 1999 devolution poll 7.4% from SNP to Labour

Description
This constituency has a deprived working-class inner-city feel, even in outer-city areas like Royston which were built up as a result of slum clearance. Tower blocks dominate the skyline whilst at ground level the only open space is usually wasteland.

The seat suffers from high unemployment, poor quality housing and a myriad other problems associated with urban decay. Like Rutherglen, another Glasgow seat, the suburb of Springburn itself was once an independent burgh and has its own museum, chronicling the town's glory days when it held the largest railway engineering yard in Europe.

Things have moved on since then, of course, and mostly not for the better, but Springburn has remained loyal to Labour.

The constituents of Springburn have had a father and son team of representatives since Scottish Parliament elections in May 1999. The MSP for the area, Paul Martin, is the son of sitting Westminster MP Michael Martin.

Michael Martin was elected Speaker of the House of Commons on 23 October 2000, and tradition dictates that other main parties do not contest the Speaker's seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Glasgow Springburn (Speaker)
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Michael Martin Labour 22,534 71.4
John Brady SNP 5,208 16.5
Mark Holdsworth Conservative 1,893 6.0
James Alexander Liberal Democrat 1,349 4.3
John Lawson Other 407 1.3
Andrew Keating Referendum 186 0.6
Majority 17,326 54.9
Turnout 31,577 58.9
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Glasgow Springburn (Speaker)
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Paul Martin Labour 14,268 58.6
John Brady SNP 6,375 26.2
Murray Roxburgh Conservative 1,293 5.3
Matthew Dunnigan Liberal Democrat 1,288 5.3
James Friel Scottish Socialist 1,141 4.7
Majority 7,893 32.4
Turnout 24,365 43.5
 
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