1979 General Election

Coatbridge and Airdrie

Labour hold / James Dempsey
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourDempsey, James27,59863.2%+11.6%
 ConservativeLove, J12,44228.5%+11.3%
 SNPJohnston, M3,6528.4%-19.5%
Majority15,15634.7%+11%
Turnout43,69272.7%-1.8%
Swing+0.15%
By-election held due to the MP's death
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourClarke, Tom19,20855.1%-8.1%
 ConservativeBurgh, H de9,11826.2%-2.3%
 SNPWyllie, R3,65210.5%+2.1%
 LiberalHenderson, A2,8738.2%N/A
Majority10,09028.9%-5.8%
Turnout34,85156.3%-16.4%
Swing-2.9%
Note: These results are in comparison to the previous General Election
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