Glasgow Govan by-election, 1988

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The Glasgow Govan by-election, in the British House of Commons constituency of Glasgow Govan, Scotland, was held on 10 November 1988. It was caused by the resignation of Bruce Millan as Member of Parliament for the constituency.

The result was a major upset for the Labour Party, with former Labour MP Jim Sillars winning the seat for the Scottish National Party with a majority of 3,554.


Glasgow Govan by-election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Jim Sillars 14,677 48.8 +38.4
Labour Bob Gillespie 11,123 36.9 -27.8
Conservative Graeme Hamilton 2,207 7.3 -4.6
Social and Liberal Democrats Bernard Ponsonby 1,246 4.1 -8.2
Green George Campbell 345 1.1
Communist Douglas Chalmers 281 0.9 +0.3
Monster Raving Loony Lord Sutch 174 0.6
Independent Fraser Clark 51 0.2
Majority 3,554 11.8
Turnout 30,104 60.2
SNP gain from Labour Swing +33.1

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