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Cunninghame North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A Tory seat until 1987, Cunninghame North (formerly North Ayrshire and Bute) still has some picturesque reminders of non-industrial Scotland. It includes some islands: the large Arran, and the smaller Cumbraes in the firth of Clyde; and the largely Conservative seaside resort of Largs. But the other coastal towns are industrial, Saltcoats and Ardrossan, and the Garnock valley inland is an old mining area centred on Beith, Dalry and Kilbirnie. The SNP are second in all these, as they were in the 1999 Scottish Parliament seat here, and the new order has been established in Cunninghame North: Labour first, the SNP second, the Conservatives third.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Former journalist Brian Wilson, MP here since 1987, born 1948, educated at Dunoon Grammar School and Dundee University, is an anti-devolutionist and abrasive hammer of the SNP, factors which have blocked his advance into the Cabinet as Scottish Secretary. A perennial minister of state, he currently resides, following the reshuffle in the wake of the second going of Peter Mandelson, at the Foreign Office. With his political rise originally based on a romantic assault on Scottish lairds, his name in opposition was made on rail privatisation, where he displayed an off-message keenness for renationalisation. His unionist hostility to devolution led him to describe BBC TV’s Newsnight Scottish opt-out as ‘drivel’ and a ‘Mickey Mouse operation,’ a slur unlikely to endear him to the hugely pro-devolution Scottish media pack.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.21% 14.99% 81.45
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 8.83% 2.13% 415.17
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 5.06% 2.49% 203.62
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.85% 4.43% 64.34
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.84% 7.27% 121.59
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.42% 2.56% 55.40
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.44% 2.04% 21.52
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.45% 3.94% 62.13
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.34% 13.04% 40.97
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.71% 12.70% 29.21
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.65% 8.14% 81.65
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.51% 4.02% 12.56
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.39% 3.19% 200.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.82% 11.31% 157.53
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 7.62% 3.06% 248.97
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 9.86% 2.52% 391.50
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 11.30% 9.41% 119.99
£5-10K 18.29% 16.63% 109.94
£10-15K 17.22% 16.58% 103.89
£15-20K 13.56% 13.58% 99.86
£20-25K 10.08% 10.39% 96.98
£25-30K 7.37% 7.77% 94.78
£30-35K 5.38% 5.79% 92.97
£35-40K 3.96% 4.33% 91.36
£40-45K 2.93% 3.27% 89.87
£45-50K 2.19% 2.48% 88.42
£50-55K 1.66% 1.90% 86.98
£55-60K 1.26% 1.47% 85.55
£60-65K 0.97% 1.15% 84.11
£65-70K 0.75% 0.91% 82.66
£70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 81.21
£75-80K 0.46% 0.57% 79.76
£80-85K 0.36% 0.46% 78.31
£85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 76.88
£90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 75.46
£95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 74.06
£100K + 0.88% 1.34% 65.28

Local Map of the constituency
Cunninghame North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cunninghame North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.30%) SNP (0.24%)
Conservative (- 10.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.18%)
Liberal Democrat (3.53%) SNP (2.77%)
Conservative (-  3.74%) Labour (-  4.25%)
Con - 10.64%
Lab 9.30%
LD - 1.18%
SNP 0.24%
Con - 3.74%
Lab - 4.25%
LD 3.53%
SNP 2.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Wilson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (19.71%) 6,666 19.71%
Lab Labour (46.05%) 15,571 46.05%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.05%) 3,060 9.05%
SNP SNP (21.21%) 7,173 21.21%
Oth Other (3.98%) 1,346 3.98%
Maj Majority (24.83%) 8,398 24.83%
Turn Turnout (61.49%) 33,816 61.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Wilson
Labour hold
LD Ross Chmiel 3,060 9.05%
SNP Campbell Martin 7,173 21.21%
SL Louise McDaid 382 1.13%
SSP Sean Scott 964 2.85%
C Richard Wilkinson 6,666 19.71%
L Brian Wilson 15,571 46.05%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Brian Wilson
Labour
Con Conservative (23.46%) 9,647 23.46%
Lab Labour (50.30%) 20,686 50.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.52%) 2,271 5.52%
SNP SNP (18.44%) 7,584 18.44%
Ref Referendum (1.07%) 440 1.07%
Oth Other (1.22%) 501 1.22%
Maj Majority (26.84%) 11,039 26.84%
Turn Turnout (74.07%) 41,129 74.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (34.10%) 14,625 34.10%
Lab Labour (41.00%) 17,564 41.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.70%) 2,864 6.70%
SNP SNP (18.20%) 7,813 18.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (6.90%) 2,939 6.90%
Turn Turnout (77.25%) 42,866 77.25%

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