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Angus
Scottish National Party hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
All six SNP Westminster MPs won their own constituencies in the Scottish Parliament elections in May 1999, most very easily, like Andrew Welsh of Angus. It is clear where their priorities lie with the party putting Scottish independence at the core of its campaign. All six are leaving the Commons rather than continuing with a "dual mandate" after the next general election; but in most cases, as in Angus - with its small coastal towns like Montrose and Arbroath and Carnoustie of recently revived Open Golf status - it is likely that nationalism is so entrenched that another party member will be sent to represent their interest down south.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retreat to the Scottish Parliament of Andrew Welsh, the SNP’s lacklustre-but-dogged MP of 20 years, dubbed as Baldrick to Alex Salmond’s Black Adder, his party has turned to local-born (in 1957) Michael Weir, a solicitor and former councillor, educated at the local Arbroath High School, and Aberdeen University. He is of the generation that came of age politically during the SNPís first upsurge, when the uncharismatic Andrew Welsh was one of the “Magnificent Seven” SNP MPs elected in February 1974. He is well-placed to retain a seat made safe for his party by anti-Tory tactical voting.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.71% 14.99% 84.77
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.61% 2.13% 122.52
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.90% 2.49% 76.33
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.10% 4.43% 160.48
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.45% 7.27% 116.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.71% 2.56% 27.53
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.15% 2.04% 7.37
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.91% 3.94% 23.12
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.33% 13.04% 94.57
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.51% 12.70% 43.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.03% 8.14% 61.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.46% 4.02% 85.97
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 9.83% 3.19% 308.56
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 21.01% 11.31% 185.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 5.00% 3.06% 163.21
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.23% 2.52% 128.06
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.08% 0.06% 133.36
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.88% 9.41% 94.35
£5-10K 16.38% 16.63% 98.47
£10-15K 16.75% 16.58% 101.05
£15-20K 13.97% 13.58% 102.83
£20-25K 10.80% 10.39% 103.89
£25-30K 8.11% 7.77% 104.31
£30-35K 6.03% 5.79% 104.15
£35-40K 4.48% 4.33% 103.48
£40-45K 3.34% 3.27% 102.40
£45-50K 2.51% 2.48% 101.00
£50-55K 1.89% 1.90% 99.35
£55-60K 1.44% 1.47% 97.52
£60-65K 1.10% 1.15% 95.56
£65-70K 0.85% 0.91% 93.52
£70-75K 0.66% 0.72% 91.43
£75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 89.33
£80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 87.23
£85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 85.15
£90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 83.10
£95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 81.10
£100K + 0.93% 1.34% 69.19

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Angus - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Angus - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (2.73%) Liberal Democrat (0.64%) SNP (9.07%)
Conservative (- 13.49%)
Conservative (0.34%) Labour (7.74%) Liberal Democrat (4.89%)
SNP (- 13.00%)
Con - 13.49%
Lab 2.73%
LD 0.64%
SNP 9.07%
Con 0.34%
Lab 7.74%
LD 4.89%
SNP - 13.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Weir
Scottish National Party hold
Con Conservative (24.95%) 8,736 24.95%
Lab Labour (23.37%) 8,183 23.37%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.32%) 5,015 14.32%
SNP SNP (35.26%) 12,347 35.26%
Oth Other (2.09%) 732 2.09%
Maj Majority (10.31%) 3,611 10.31%
Turn Turnout (59.34%) 35,013 59.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Weir
Scottish National Party hold
C Marcus Booth 8,736 24.95%
L Ian McFatridge 8,183 23.37%
LD Peter Nield 5,015 14.32%
SSP Bruce Wallace 732 2.09%
SNP Michael Weir 12,347 35.26%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andrew Welsh
Scottish National Party
Con Conservative (24.61%) 10,603 24.61%
Lab Labour (15.63%) 6,733 15.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.44%) 4,065 9.44%
SNP SNP (48.27%) 20,792 48.27%
Ref Referendum (2.05%) 883 2.05%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (23.65%) 10,189 23.65%
Turn Turnout (72.14%) 43,076 72.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Scottish National Party
Con Conservative (38.10%) 16,801 38.10%
Lab Labour (12.90%) 5,708 12.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.80%) 3,878 8.80%
SNP SNP (39.20%) 17,274 39.20%
Oth Other (1.00%) 449 1.00%
Maj Majority (1.10%) 473 1.10%
Turn Turnout (74.91%) 44,110 74.91%

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