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 Greenock & Inverclyde
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Cairns Labour 14,929 52.5 -3.7
Chick Brodie Liberal Democrat 5,039 17.7 +3.9
Andrew Murie SNP 4,248 14.9 -3.7
Alistair Haw Conservative 3,000 10.6 -0.9
David Landels Scottish Socialist 1,203 4.2  
Majority 9,890 34.8
Turnout 28,419 59.3 -11.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.8% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.4% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 9.9% from Liberal Democrat to Labour

Description
Although the seat is largely rural, most of its population live in the industrial town of Greenock. It grew up as a shipbuilding town, having become the home of the first dock on the Clyde in 1711, but with the decline of shipbuilding industrial diversification has taken place and computer and electronics firms are the major employers today.

Both IBM and National Semi-Conductors have large plants here. Other towns in the seat include Gourock, a seaside resort, and Wemyss Bay, a small port with a ferry link with Bute.

This is yet another central belt, post-industrial seat which the Labour party has tended to dominate politically. Former Catholic priest David Cairns has been selected to contest this seat for Labour, necessitating a change in the law to allow him to take his seat if he should win.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Greenock & Inverclyde
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Norman Godman Labour 19,480 56.2
Brian Goodall SNP 6,440 18.6
Rod Ackland Liberal Democrat 4,791 13.8
Hugo Swire Conservative 3,976 11.5
Majority 13,040 37.6
Turnout 34,687 70.8
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Greenock & Inverclyde
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Duncan McNeil Labour 11,817 41.3
Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat 7,504 26.2
Ian Hamilton SNP 6,762 23.6
Richard Wilkinson Conservative 1,699 5.9
David Landels Scottish Socialist 857 3.0
Majority 4,313 15.1
Turnout 28,639 58.3
 
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