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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 00:11 GMT 01:11 UK
Joy for Scots Labour
Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown retained the Dunfermline East seat
Labour has enjoyed success in the general election Scotland.

Chancellor Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary Robin Cook were among the party's candidates to retain their seats, along with Scottish Secretary Helen Liddell.

Mr Brown swept to victory in the Dunfermline East constituency with 19,487 votes.

It was the second Scottish constituency of the night to declare, with Mr Brown's party colleague Bill Tynan holding the Hamilton South constituency.


My pledge...is that we will continue thew work that we have started

Gordon Brown

Mr Cook retained the Livingston seat, while Helen Liddell held Airdrie and Shotts.

Labour also held onto Fife Central, Kirkcaldy, Glasgow Rutherglen, East Kilbride, Dunfermline West, Paisley North, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Motherwell and Wishaw, Clydesdale and the Western Isles.

The SNP held Angus, while the Liberal Democrats held Fife North East.

Mr Brown's majority was 15,063 and there was 0.6% swing to the Scottish National Party, whose candidate John Mellon secured 4,424 votes.

Mr Brown said: "I believe that the scale of our victory and the wide margin between ourselves and our opponents reflects not just that we have won the battle of votes but that we are winning the battle of ideas.

Bill Tynan
Bill Tynan: Victory in Hamilton South
"My pledge to this constituency and indeed my pledge to the country if we are re-elected as a government, is that we will continue the work that we have started.

"This mandate for public services which has been given to us by the people this evening is the mission that we will pursue in government."

Earlier, Mr Tynan retained the seat for his party with 15,965 votes - a majority of 10,775.

John Wilson of the Scottish National Party was in second place with 5,190 votes , with a 3.85% swing to the SNP.

Robin Cook held on to his Livingston seat with a winning margin of 19,108 votes.

His majority of 11,747 at the 1997 General Election was cut to 10,616 by SNP candidate Graham Sutherland, who polled 8,492 votes.

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