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 Renfrewshire West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
James Sheridan Labour 15,720 46.9 +0.3
Carol Puthucheary SNP 7,145 21.3 -5.2
David Sharpe Conservative 5,522 16.5 -2.1
Clare Hamblen Liberal Democrat 4,185 12.5 +4.8
Arlene Nunnery Scottish Socialist 925 2.8  
Majority 8,575 25.6
Turnout 33,497 63.3 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.2% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 8.5% from SNP to Labour

Description
As well as Port Glasgow, this constituency comprises small towns and villages on the Firth of Clyde, west of Glasgow. These include Bishopton, Ranfurly, Lochwinnoch, Erskine and Kilmacolm - the latter being one of the finest residential areas in the west of Scotland. Much of the housing in the seat is owner-occupied - about 70%.

The military industry in Renfrewshire West and its neighbouring constituencies provides a major source of employment for people who live here. The Bishopton munitions manufacturing complex, as well as new offices for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, are located in this seat, whilst Faslane, home to Trident, and the Govan Shipyards are within commuting distance.

This seat was created in 1983, and was held for one term by Anna McCurley for the Conservatives. Tommy Graham won it for Labour in 1987, and has held it ever since. However, he was expelled from the Labour Party in 1998 for bringing the party into disrepute, and he has since operated as a "Scottish Labour" MP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Renfrewshire West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tommy Graham Labour 18,525 46.6
Colin Campbell SNP 10,546 26.5
Charles Cormack Conservative 7,387 18.6
Bruce Macpherson Liberal Democrat 3,045 7.7
Shaw Lindsay Referendum 283 0.7
Majority 7,979 20.1
Turnout 39,786 76.0
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Renfrewshire West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Patricia Godman Labour 12,708 37.3
Colin Campbell SNP 9,815 28.8
Annabel Goldie Conservative 7,243 21.3
Neal Ascherson Liberal Democrat 2,659 7.8
Allan McGraw Independent 1,136 3.0
Patrick Clark Scottish Workers 476 1.4
Majority 2,893 8.5
Turnout 34,037 64.0
 
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