2000 Glasgow Anniesland by-elections


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

2000 Glasgow Anniesland by-election

 1997 23 November 2000 2001 
  First party Second party Third party
 
Candidate John Robertson Grant Thoms Dorothy Luckhurst
Party Labour SNP Conservative
Popular vote 10,359 4,202 2,188
Percentage 51.7% 21.0% 10.9%
Swing 10.1pp 3.9pp 0.6pp

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Candidate Chris McGinty Charlie McCarthy
Party Liberal Democrats Scottish Socialist
Popular vote 1,630 1,441
Percentage 8.1% 7.2%
Swing 0.9pp 6.5pp

MP before election

Donald Dewar
Labour

Elected MP

John Robertson
Labour

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. 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 beneficiary being the small Scottish Socialist Party rather than the challenging Scottish National Party, the seat was comfortably held.

Results


Westminster result

The turnout was 38.1%.

Westminster parliamentary by-election, 2000: Glasgow Anniesland[1]
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 Democrats Chris McGinty 1,630 8.1 +0.9
Scottish Socialist Charlie McCarthy 1,441 7.2 +6.5
Independent William Lyden 212 1.1 New
Majority 6,337 31.3 -13.4
Turnout 20,032
Labour hold Swing -7.0

General Election result, 1997

1997 United Kingdom general election: 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 Democrats 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
Referendum Gillian McKay 84 0.2
Natural Law Thomas Pringle 24 0.1
Majority 15,154 44.7
Turnout 33,879
Labour win (new seat)

Scottish Parliament result

Scottish Parliament by-election, 2000: Glasgow Anniesland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Butler 9,838 48.7 −10.1
SNP Tom Chalmers 4,462 22.1 +1.9
Conservative Kate Pickering 2,148 10.6 ±0.0
Scottish Socialist Rosie Kane 1,429 7.0 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Judith Fryer 1,384 6.8 +0.5
Green Alistair Whitelaw 662 3.3 N/A
Socialist Labour Murdo Ritchie 298 1.5 +1.0
Majority 5,376 26.6 −12.0
Turnout 20,211 38.3 -13.6
Labour hold Swing
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Anniesland
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Donald Dewar 16,749 58.8
SNP Kaukab Stewart 5,756 20.2
Conservative Bill Aitken 3,032 10.6
Liberal Democrats Iain Brown 1,804 6.3
Scottish Socialist Ann Lynch 1,000 3.5
Socialist Labour Edward Boyd 139 0.5
Majority 10,993 38.6
Turnout 28,480 51.9
Labour win (new seat)

See also


References


  1. Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1997–2002 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 5 October 2015.