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 Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Des Browne Labour 19,926 52.9 +3.1
John Brady SNP 9,592 25.5 -9.0
Donald Reece Conservative 3,943 10.5 -0.3
John Stewart Liberal Democrat 3,177 8.4 +4.4
Jason Muir Scottish Socialist 1,027 2.7  
Majority 10,334 27.4
Turnout 37,665 61.7 -15.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.1% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.7% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 10.2% from SNP to Labour

Description
Kilmarnock, located south-west of Glasgow, is by far the largest town in this constituency. Like the rest of the seat, it is industrial in nature. It is home to both heavy and light engineering plants, meat canning factories and the Johnnie Walker whisky distillery. The smaller towns east of Kilmarnock, namely Galston, Greenholm, Newmains and Darvel, grew up on textile manufacture, and the carpet, knitwear and shoe industries are still important today. Nonetheless, unemployment here is higher than is average for Scotland. Besides Johnnie Walker, the seatís other famous name is Alexander Fleming, born in Darvel. This part of Ayrshire, of course, is also associated with the poet Robert Burns.

Kilmarnock, and from 1983 Kilmarnock and Loudon, has been a Labour seat since 1945, although the sitting MP Des Browne has only held the seat since 1997. Labourís Margaret Jamieson beat off a strong challenge from the SNPís Alex Neil (now MSP for Central Scotland) to win the Kilmarnock seat in the Scottish Parliament. The SNP have increased their vote substantially in recent years and this seat is now firmly on their target list.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Desmond Browne Labour 23,621 49.8
Alex Neil SNP 16,365 34.5
Douglas Taylor Conservative 5,125 10.8
John Stewart Liberal Democrat 1,891 4.0
William Sneddon Referendum 284 0.6
William Gilmour Natural Law 123 0.3
Majority 7,256 15.3
Turnout 47,409 77.1
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Margaret Jamieson Labour 17,345 44.1
Alex Neil SNP 14,585 37.1
Lyndsay McIntosh Conservative 4,589 11.7
John Stewart Liberal Democrat 2,830 7.2
Majority 2,760 7.0
Turnout 39,349 63.3
 
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