"Although Labour won all nine seats in the West of Scotland region at the 1997 general election, its position is less dominant than in Central Scotland. The party did not poll a majority of votes cast in either 1992 or 1994 and the region contains what was the safest Conservative seat in Scotland - Eastwood. Success in the prosperous Glasgow commuter suburbs of Giffnock and Newton Mearns is crucial to the resurgence of Scottish Conservatism. Certainly the electors of East Renfrewshire, the council covering the Eastwood constituency, appeared sceptical of constitutional change when they recorded one of the lowest ‘Yes’ votes and one of the highest turnouts in the September 1997 devolution referendum. Labour has suffered from factional infighting in the Paisley area and the MP for Renfrewshire West, Tommy Graham, has been expelled from the party. Such events can only help the SNP."