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 Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Lyons Labour 19,250 46.4 -6.5
Gordon McDonald Liberal Democrat 7,533 18.2 +8.5
Calum Smith SNP 6,675 16.1 -0.2
Murray Roxburgh Conservative 6,635 16.0 -4.1
Willie Telfer Scottish Socialist 1,393 3.4  
Majority 11,717 28.2
Turnout 41,486 66.1 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.5% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.2% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 6.3% from Labour to Liberal Democrat

Description
Bearsden is an affluent middle class commuter town serving Glasgow, which explains why levels of owner-occupation are so high (76.8%) and professionals and managers so numerous (44.6%) within the constituency.

But the political heart of this seat is in the Labour-friendly towns of Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch. These were once centres for coal mining and metal founding industries, but most of those heavy industries have been gone since the 1930s.

The main industries now are book publishing, construction, transport and agriculture with a growing number of firms in the light industrial sector.

Dr Sam Galbraith won the seat for Labour from Conservative Sir Michael Hirst in 1987 and it remained a Labour/Conservative marginal at the 1992 general election. However, boundary changes in 1997 made this seat safer for Labour.

There is some history of SNP representation - its predecessor seat East Dunbartonshire was held by Margaret Bain (now Margaret Ewing) from October 1974 to 1979, but the SNP was in third place behind the Conservatives in 1997.

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Past Results

1997 General Election
 Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Sam Galbraith Labour 26,278 52.9
David Sharpe Conservative 9,986 20.1
Graeme McCormick SNP 8,111 16.3
John Morrison Liberal Democrat 4,843 9.7
David Wilson Referendum 339 0.7
Janice Fisher Natural Law 155 0.3
Majority 16,292 32.8
Turnout 49,712 78.8
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Sam Galbraith Labour 21,505 50.7
Fiona McLeod SNP 9,384 22.1
Charles Ferguson Conservative 6,934 16.4
Anne Howarth Liberal Democrat 4,144 9.8
Maxi Richards Independent 423 1.0
Majority 12,121 28.6
Turnout 42,390 66.3
 
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