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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the inaugural contests in May 1999 for the new Scottish Parliament Labour held this safe seat in what used to be called South Ayrshire by nearly 9,000 from the SNP on a turnout of 63pc, over 10pc less than the 1997 General Election. There is a minority Conservative vote centred on the coast, in such small resorts as Girvan, and in the farmland inland, but the seat is dominated by the stark ex-coalfield communities in the wild terrain of New Cumnock and Dalmellington, which seem if anything even more remote now than when they were at the heart of the South Ayrshire coalfield.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
George Foulkes, a former minister stuck for 4 years at International Development with Clare Short, until moved to the Scottish Office in January 2001, was born in 1942, educated at Keith Grammar School, Haberdashers Askes, and Edinburgh University. Chubby and convivial, he was off the Opposition frontbench for a while in the early nineties after a drunken incident, and must wonder, as the clock ticks on, whether he will not after the election be joining the backbench queue for a peerage. Meanwhile his "proudest achievement is to have played a little part in the return of democracy to Chile".

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.77% 14.99% 65.17
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.93% 2.13% 137.78
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.46% 2.49% 58.57
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.47% 4.43% 100.92
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.78% 7.27% 79.40
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.30% 2.56% 11.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.03% 2.04% 1.25
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.05% 3.94% 1.23
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.45% 13.04% 26.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.08% 12.70% 47.86
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.97% 8.14% 134.68
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.03% 4.02% 50.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.79% 3.19% 213.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.96% 11.31% 273.74
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.37% 3.06% 110.18
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 11.54% 2.52% 458.25
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 50.49
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.58% 9.41% 123.05
5-10K 20.65% 16.63% 124.18
10-15K 18.96% 16.58% 114.38
15-20K 14.06% 13.58% 103.53
20-25K 9.80% 10.39% 94.31
25-30K 6.77% 7.77% 87.07
30-35K 4.72% 5.79% 81.49
35-40K 3.34% 4.33% 77.16
40-45K 2.41% 3.27% 73.75
45-50K 1.76% 2.48% 70.99
50-55K 1.31% 1.90% 68.68
55-60K 0.98% 1.47% 66.70
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 64.95
65-70K 0.57% 0.91% 63.37
70-75K 0.45% 0.72% 61.92
75-80K 0.35% 0.57% 60.56
80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 59.29
85-90K 0.22% 0.37% 58.08
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 56.93
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 55.82
100K + 0.66% 1.34% 49.42

Local Map of the constituency
Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.69%) Liberal Democrat (0.11%) SNP (1.56%)
Conservative (-  8.75%)
Conservative (1.29%) Liberal Democrat (2.00%)
Labour (-  4.50%) SNP (-  1.05%)
Con - 8.75%
Lab 5.69%
LD 0.11%
SNP 1.56%
Con 1.29%
Lab - 4.50%
LD 2.00%
SNP - 1.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Foulkes
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.25%) 7,318 18.25%
Lab Labour (55.29%) 22,174 55.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.31%) 2,932 7.31%
SNP SNP (15.60%) 6,258 15.60%
Oth Other (3.55%) 1,425 3.55%
Maj Majority (37.04%) 14,856 37.04%
Turn Turnout (61.78%) 40,107 61.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Foulkes
Labour hold
LC George Foulkes 22,174 55.29%
SL James McDaid 367 0.92%
SSP Amanda McFarlane 1,058 2.64%
C Gordon Miller 7,318 18.25%
LD Amy Rogers 2,932 7.31%
SNP Tom Wilson 6,258 15.60%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
George Foulkes
Labour
Con Conservative (16.95%) 8,336 16.95%
Lab Labour (59.79%) 29,398 59.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.31%) 2,613 5.31%
SNP SNP (16.66%) 8,190 16.66%
Ref Referendum (1.29%) 634 1.29%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (42.83%) 21,062 42.83%
Turn Turnout (74.96%) 49,171 74.96%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (25.70%) 13,271 25.70%
Lab Labour (54.10%) 27,957 54.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.20%) 2,690 5.20%
SNP SNP (15.10%) 7,802 15.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (28.40%) 14,686 28.40%
Turn Turnout (77.19%) 51,720 77.19%

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