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 Linlithgow
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tam Dalyell Labour 17,207 54.4 +0.3
Jim Sibbald SNP 8,078 25.5 -1.3
Gordon Lindhurst Conservative 2,836 9.0 -3.5
Martin Oliver Liberal Democrat 2,628 8.3 +2.4
Eddie Cornock Scottish Socialist 695 2.2  
Lady Muck Cronin Rock Loony 211 0.7  
Majority 9,129 28.8
Turnout 31,655 58.0 -15.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.9% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 10.1% from SNP to Labour

Description
Linlithgow is a residential town west of Edinburgh, home to a fair number of middle-class commuters but also to some light industry, notably electronics. However, the downturn in the electronics industry means that many of the jobs in this sector are now under threat. An historic town, it was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, and that connection, as well as its Palace, makes it a tourist town also.

The Linlithgow constituency, known as West Lothian up until 1983, has been held for Labour by Tam Dalyell since 1962. If Dalyell holds onto his seat he will become the new "father of the House", due to Edward Heath’s retirement at this election. In any debate about Scottish devolution this constituency (in its former incarnation) always gets a mention as someone inevitably raises the "West Lothian Question", so called because Mr Dalyell once put the dilemma of devolution so succinctly; he asked why he as an MP representing a Scottish seat should have a say on matters affecting Blackburn, Lancashire but not Blackburn, West Lothian, because those matters have been devolved.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Linlithgow
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tam Dalyell Labour 21,469 54.1
Kenny MacAskill SNP 10,631 26.8
Tom Kerr Conservative 4,964 12.5
Andrew Duncan Liberal Democrat 2,331 5.9
Kenneth Plomer Referendum 259 0.7
Majority 10,838 27.3
Turnout 39,654 73.8
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Linlithgow
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Mary Mulligan Labour 15,247 45.1
Stewart Stevenson SNP 12,319 36.5
Gordon Lindhurst Conservative 3,158 9.3
John Barrett Liberal Democrat 2,643 7.8
Irene Ovenstone Independent 415 1.0
Majority 2,928 8.6
Turnout 33,782 61.7
 
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