17 May 2011


The SNP has won one of Labour’s safest seats in Scotland, Glasgow Shettleston, at the Scottish parliamentary elections. The Scottish National Party’s John Mason won the seat from Labour’s Frank McAveety with an impressive 12.6% swing.

John Mason, the former MP and Glasgow councillor, fought a very localised and positive campaign, focusing on the SNP Government’s record of investment in Glasgow’s East End. The election saw the SNP take the city’s East End seat – which stretches from Bridgeton to Baillieston – with a majority of 582.

Commenting, newly elected SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, said:

“This is a marvellous result for the SNP in Glasgow.

“At this election, the SNP put up a positive campaign, which focused on our team, record and vision. During the campaign I spoke enthusiastically about the record of investment in the East End by the SNP Government, investments such as the new East End to Edinburgh rail link, the M74 motorway extension and Commonwealth Games.

“The people of Glasgow Shettleston know that, when the SNP wins, Glasgow wins, and this election was a real vote of confidence in Alex Salmond and the SNP Government.

“At a local level, I promise to be an open and available MSP. I have started looking for a shop-front constituency office which will be open and available to all constituents. Similarly, my home and mobile phone numbers are available for people to get in touch with any problems they may have.

“It is humbling and challenging to have been elected as the local MSP for Glasgow Shettleston and I will do my best to serve our area over the next five years.”

Result of the election for Glasgow Shettleston:

John Mason, Scottish National Party -10,128
Frank McAveety, Scottish Labour Party – 9,542.
David Wilson, Scottish Conservatives – 1,163
Ruaraidh Dobson, Scottish Liberal Democrats – 371