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 Hamilton South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bill Tynan Labour 15,965 59.7 -5.9
John Wilson SNP 5,190 19.4 +1.8
John Oswald Liberal Democrat 2,388 8.9 +3.8
Neil Richardson Conservative 1,876 7.0 -1.6
Gena Mitchell Scottish Socialist 1,187 4.4  
Janice Murdoch UK Independence 151 0.6  
Majority 10,775 40.3
Turnout 26,757 57.3 -13.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.9% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.2% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 6.3% from SNP to Labour

Description
Nearly all of Hamilton is contained within this seat, a town which serves as the commercial and legal centre for Lanarkshire

The seat also holds some of Glasgow's more prosperous suburbs and commuters are aided by the presence of the M74 running through its eastern half. It is predominantly a working-class area where coal and steel were once the prime industries.

Hamilton was the scene of a famous 1967 by-election, which saw the SNP's Winnie Ewing winning what had previously been the safest Labour seat in Scotland. This victory marked the beginning of the SNP's rise in popularity which reached its peak in October 1974. However, Labour regained the seat at the 1970 General Election and has held it ever since.

Sitting MP George Robertson was appointed Secretary General of Nato and elevated to the House of Lords in August 1999. In the subsequent by-election, Labour only held onto the seat by the skin of their teeth, with their candidate Bill Tynan scraping to victory with a majority of 556 votes over the SNP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hamilton South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
George Robertson Labour 21,709 65.6
Ian Black SNP 5,831 17.6
Robert Kilgour Conservative 2,858 8.6
Richard Pitts Liberal Democrat 1,693 5.1
Colin Gunn ProLife Alliance 684 2.1
Stuart Brown Referendum 316 1.0
Majority 15,878 48.0
Turnout 33,091 71.1
Parliamentary By-Election
 Hamilton South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Bill Tynan Labour 7,172 36.9
Annabelle Ewing SNP 6,616 34.0
Shareen Blackall Scottish Socialist 1,847 9.5
Charles Ferguson Conservative 1,406 7.2
Stephen Mungall Independent 1,075 5.5
Marilyne MacLaren Liberal Democrat 634 3.3
Monica Burns ProLife Alliance 257 1.3
Tom Dewar Socialist Labour 238 1.2
James Reid Scottish Unionist 113 0.6
Alistair McConnachie UK Independence 61 0.3
George Stidolph Natural Law 18 0.1
John Drummond Murray Independent 17 0.1
Majority 556 2.9
Turnout 19,454 41.3
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Hamilton South
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Tom McCabe Labour 14,098 54.4
Adam Ardrey SNP 6,922 26.7
Margaret Mitchell Conservative 2,918 11.3
John Oswald Liberal Democrat 1,982 7.6
Majority 7,176 27.7
Turnout 25,920 54.8
 
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