2001 Strathkelvin and Bearsden by-election

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The Strathkelvin and Bearsden by-election, 2001 was a by-election held for the Scottish Parliament constituency of Strathkelvin and Bearsden on 7 June 2001, the same day as the UK general election and also a Scottish Parliament by-election in Banff and Buchan. It was caused by the resignation for health reasons of the constituency's MSP, Sam Galbraith.

The Labour Party retained the seat with Brian Fitzpatrick winning for them. He faced a strong challenge from Dr. Jean Turner who stood as an "independent" candidate trying to save the local Stobhill Hospital. Turner would later stand against Fitzpatrick at the 2003 election for the Scottish Parliament and defeat him.


Srathkelvin and Bearsden by-election, 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Fitzpatrick 15,401 37.0
Save Stobhill Hospital Dr Jean Turner 7,572 18.2
Liberal Democrats John Morrison 7,147 17.2
SNP Janet Law 6,457 15.5
Conservative Charles Ferguson 5,037 12.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Scottish Parliament Election result, 1999[edit]

Srathkelvin and Bearsden election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sam Galbraith 21,505 50.7
SNP Fiona McLeod 9,384 22.1
Conservative Charles Ferguson 6,934 16.4
Liberal Democrats Anne Howarth 4,144 9.8
Anti-Drug (Independent) Maxi Richards 423 1.0
Labour Co-op win (new seat)

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