Paisley South by-election, 1997

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The Member of Parliament for Paisley South, in Scotland, Gordon McMaster, (Labour) died on 28 July 1997.

A by-election to fill the seat was held on 6 November. It was a very safe Labour seat, and despite a swing of 11% to the Scottish National Party they did not come close to capturing the constituency.

Results[edit]

Paisley South by-election, 1997[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Douglas Alexander 10,346 44.1 -13.4
SNP Ian Blackford 7,615 32.5 +9.1
Liberal Democrat Eileen McCartin 2,582 11.0 +1.6
Conservative Sheila Laidlaw 1,643 7.0 -1.7
ProLife Alliance John Deighan 578 2.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 306 1.3 +0.9
Independent C. McLauchlan 155 0.7 N/A
Socialist Labour Christopher Herriot 153 0.7 N/A
Natural Law Kenneth Blair 57 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,731 11.7 -22.4
Turnout 23,435 42.9
Labour hold Swing -11.3

General Election result, 1997[edit]

General Election 1997: Paisley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon McMaster 21,482 57.5
SNP William Martin 8,732 23.4
Liberal Democrat Eileen McCartin 3,500 9.4
Conservative Robin Reid 3,237 8.6
Referendum James Lardner 254 0.7
Scottish Socialist Sean Clerkin 146 0.4
Majority 12,750 34.1
Turnout 37,351 69.1
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1997-2002 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 

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