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Coatbridge & Chryston
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Formerly Monklands West, Coatbridge and Chryston is yet another Scottish Labour seat. These will be fewer in number soon, as the allocation of MPs is reduced to the UK average following the grant of a Scottish Parliament with tax raising powers, and this seat is now very clearly over-represented with its electorate of only 52,000 in 1997, when the national norm was very nearly 70,000. Coatbridge looks very similar to many other working class industrial seats in central Scotland, with a council housing and working class majority - neither so common now as even 20 years ago - and unlike its neighbouring if not twin town of Airdrie it has long been runoured to have a very high proportion of Roman Catholics, many of Irish origin. It is also the proud home of Albion Football Club, stalwarts of the Scottish Third Division.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tom Clarke, an MP in this neighbourhood since 1973, was dropped from the government by Tony Blair after only one year as Film and Tourism minister, his appointment in 1997 having been required under Labourís rule about appointing to government anyone with an elected place on the Shadow Cabinet. As a minister he published a report on the British film industry. Born 1941, educated at St Maryís (RC) Secondary School, Coatbridge, he previously worked for the Scottish Film Council. He resented charges that he had been disloyal to Labour in the tricky Monklands East byelection in 1994 where traditional religious rivalries were mobilised.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.34% 14.99% 28.91
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.18% 2.49% 7.13
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.90% 4.43% 42.86
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.09% 7.27% 166.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.84% 2.56% 149.78
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.21% 3.94% 5.27
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.72% 13.04% 20.87
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.69% 12.70% 29.02
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.78% 8.14% 46.46
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.80% 4.02% 19.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.10% 3.19% 160.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 37.79% 11.31% 334.10
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 11.93% 3.06% 389.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 11.63% 2.52% 461.95
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.13% 9.41% 118.28
£5-10K 19.51% 16.63% 117.32
£10-15K 18.42% 16.58% 111.12
£15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.30
£20-25K 10.19% 10.39% 98.05
£25-30K 7.20% 7.77% 92.56
£30-35K 5.08% 5.79% 87.76
£35-40K 3.62% 4.33% 83.48
£40-45K 2.60% 3.27% 79.64
£45-50K 1.89% 2.48% 76.13
£50-55K 1.39% 1.90% 72.90
£55-60K 1.03% 1.47% 69.91
£60-65K 0.77% 1.15% 67.14
£65-70K 0.59% 0.91% 64.55
£70-75K 0.45% 0.72% 62.13
£75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 59.86
£80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 57.73
£85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 55.72
£90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 53.84
£95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 52.06
£100K + 0.57% 1.34% 42.74

Local Map of the constituency
Coatbridge & Chryston - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Coatbridge & Chryston - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.52%) SNP (0.22%)
Conservative (-  6.95%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.45%)
Labour (8.40%) Liberal Democrat (3.44%)
Conservative (-  0.14%) SNP (- 17.02%)
Con - 6.95%
Lab 6.52%
LD - 0.45%
SNP 0.22%
Con - 0.14%
Lab 8.40%
LD 3.44%
SNP - 17.02%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tom Clarke
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.41%) 2,171 8.41%
Lab Labour (76.72%) 19,807 76.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.88%) 2,293 8.88%
Oth Other (5.99%) 1,547 5.99%
Maj Majority (67.84%) 17,514 67.84%
Turn Turnout (49.48%) 25,818 49.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tom Clarke
Labour hold
L Tom Clarke 19,807 76.72%
Peter Kearney 0 0.00%
C Patrick Ross-Taylor 2,171 8.41%
SSP Lynne Sheridan 1,547 5.99%
LD Alistair Tough 2,293 8.88%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tom Clarke
Labour
Con Conservative (8.55%) 3,216 8.55%
Lab Labour (68.32%) 25,697 68.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.45%) 2,048 5.45%
SNP SNP (17.02%) 6,402 17.02%
Ref Referendum (0.66%) 249 0.66%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (51.30%) 19,295 51.30%
Turn Turnout (72.30%) 37,612 72.30%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (15.50%) 6,241 15.50%
Lab Labour (61.80%) 24,843 61.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.90%) 2,388 5.90%
SNP SNP (16.80%) 6,743 16.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (45.00%) 18,100 45.00%
Turn Turnout (76.12%) 40,215 76.12%

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