Glasgow Anniesland by-elections, 2000

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There was a double by-election in Glasgow Anniesland in 2000.

Donald Dewar, a leading figure in Scottish Labour politics, had in 1999 been elected to the Scottish Parliament where he had become First Minister of the Scottish Parliament, but he retained his seat in the Parliament of the United Kingdom intending to stand down at the next general election. However, Dewar died on 11 October 2000 from a massive brain haemorrhage, possibly brought on by a fall he suffered outside his official residence the previous day. The fall might not have been fatal had he not been on warfarin after suffering a heart attack earlier that year. This created a by-election for his seat of Glasgow Anniesland in the UK Parliament and Glasgow Anniesland in the Scottish Parliament.

Both elections were held on the same day, and polling day was set for 23 November. John Robertson had already been chosen to fight the seat for Labour at the general election and therefore stood at the byelection. The Labour vote declined, but with the main benificiary being the small Scottish Socialist Party rather than the challenging Scottish National Party, the seat was comfortably held.

Results[edit]

Westminster result[edit]

The turnout was 38.1%.

Westminster parliamentary by-election, 2000: Glasgow Anniesland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 10,359 51.7 -10.1
SNP Grant Thoms 4,202 21.0 +3.9
Conservative Dorothy Luckhurst 2,188 10.9 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Chris McGinty 1,630 8.1 +0.9
Scottish Socialist Charlie McCarthy 1,441 7.2 +6.5
Independent William Lyden 212 1.1 N/A
Majority
Labour hold Swing -7.0

General Election result, 1997[edit]

UK general election, 1997: Glasgow Anniesland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Donald Dewar 20,951 61.8
SNP Bill Wilson 5,797 17.1
Conservative Robert Brocklehurst 3,881 11.5
Liberal Democrat Chris McGinty 2,453 7.2
ProLife Alliance Akhtar Majid 374 1.1
Scottish Socialist Bill Bonnar 229 0.7
UKIP Alan Milligan 86 0.3 N/A
Referendum Party Gillian McKay 84 0.2 N/A
Natural Law Thomas Pringle 24 0.1 N/A
Majority
Labour hold Swing

Scottish Parliament result[edit]

Scottish parliamentary by-election, 2000: Glasgow Anniesland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Butler 9,838 48.68 −10.13
SNP Tom Chalmers 4,462 22.08 +1.87
Conservative Kate Pickering 2,138 10.58 −0.07
Scottish Socialist Rosie Kane 1,429 7.07 +2.56
Liberal Democrat Judith Fryer 1,384 6.85 +0.52
Scottish Green Alistair Whitelaw 662 3.28 +3.28
Socialist Labour Murdo Ritchie 298 1.47 +0.98
Majority 5,376 26.60 −12.00
Labour hold Swing -6.0
Scottish parliamentary election, 1999: Glasgow Anniesland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Donald Dewar 16,749 58.81 −3.03
SNP Kaukab Stewart 5,756 20.21 +3.10
Conservative Bill Aitken 3,186 14.37 +3.72
Scottish Socialist Ann Lynch 1,000 3.51 +2.83
Liberal Democrat Iain Brown 1,804 6.33 −0.91
Socialist Labour Edward Boyd 139 0.49 +0.49
Majority 10,993 38.60 −6.13

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