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Argyll & Bute
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Ray Michie, the Liberal Democrat MP for this vast west coast seat - which includes Mull, Islay, and Jura - announced her decision not to contest it for a sixth time. It will not be easy to predict who her successor will be, although the omens of the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999 are good for her party, as their candidate George Lyon held off an SNP challenge by just over 2,000 votes. It is possible in a Westminster election, now the Edinburgh Parliament has been established, that the SNP's appeal may be weaker than this.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
To follow retiring Ray Michie, the Liberal Democrats at first chose Paisley University lecturer and local councillor Paul Coleshill, who very much unlike Mrs Michie favoured homosexual law reform, but who has resigned as candidate and been replaced by Alan Reid, a computer project manager born 1954 and educated at Prestwick Academy, Ayr Academy and Strathclyde University, and who was for eight years a Renfrew councillor. This slight blip will encourage the SNP, who are targeting the seat with Agnes Samuel, born 1949, Lanark Grammar School and Glasgow University-educated Director of Glasgow Opportunities Enterprise Trust, and earlier a language teacher. With experience as an SNP staffer at Westminster during the heady days of the 'seventies when the Nationalists had eleven MPs, she appears rather less green than many of her party's current crop of candidates.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.34% 14.99% 35.65
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 26.71% 2.13% 1,256.20
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.91% 2.49% 76.79
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.33% 4.43% 52.57
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.27% 7.27% 45.02
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.47% 2.56% 18.14
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.07% 2.04% 3.54
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.32% 3.94% 58.72
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.37% 13.04% 102.56
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.45% 12.70% 11.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.08% 8.14% 99.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.23% 4.02% 130.02
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.36% 3.19% 199.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 12.45% 11.31% 110.11
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.41% 3.06% 209.45
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.22% 2.52% 167.50
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 10.62% 9.41% 112.79
5-10K 19.49% 16.63% 117.21
10-15K 18.82% 16.58% 113.53
15-20K 14.51% 13.58% 106.82
20-25K 10.37% 10.39% 99.76
25-30K 7.25% 7.77% 93.28
30-35K 5.07% 5.79% 87.57
35-40K 3.58% 4.33% 82.57
40-45K 2.55% 3.27% 78.16
45-50K 1.84% 2.48% 74.25
50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 70.75
55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 67.60
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 64.74
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 62.14
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.75
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 57.56
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 55.55
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 53.68
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 51.95
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.34
100K + 0.57% 1.34% 42.45

Local Map of the constituency
Argyll & Bute - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Argyll & Bute - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (2.07%) Liberal Democrat (5.30%)
Conservative (-  8.74%) SNP (-  0.63%)
Conservative (1.83%) Labour (8.86%)
Liberal Democrat (- 10.33%) SNP (-  2.39%)
Con - 8.74%
Lab 2.07%
LD 5.30%
SNP - 0.63%
Con 1.83%
Lab 8.86%
LD - 10.33%
SNP - 2.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Reid
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (20.79%) 6,436 20.79%
Lab Labour (24.52%) 7,592 24.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.86%) 9,245 29.86%
SNP SNP (20.78%) 6,433 20.78%
Oth Other (4.04%) 1,251 4.04%
Maj Majority (5.34%) 1,653 5.34%
Turn Turnout (62.95%) 30,957 62.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Reid
Liberal Democrat hold
SSP Des Divers 1,251 4.04%
C David Petrie 6,436 20.79%
L Hugh Raven 7,592 24.52%
LD Alan Reid 9,245 29.86%
SNP Anges Samuel 6,433 20.78%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ray Michie
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (18.96%) 6,774 18.96%
Lab Labour (15.67%) 5,596 15.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (40.20%) 14,359 40.20%
SNP SNP (23.17%) 8,278 23.17%
Ref Referendum (2.00%) 713 2.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.02%) 6,081 17.02%
Turn Turnout (72.23%) 35,720 72.23%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (27.70%) 10,117 27.70%
Lab Labour (13.60%) 4,946 13.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.90%) 12,739 34.90%
SNP SNP (23.80%) 8,689 23.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (7.20%) 2,622 7.20%
Turn Turnout (75.34%) 36,491 75.34%

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