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Dumbarton
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is a varied seat in industrial west Scotland. Helensburgh at the conjunction of the mouth of the Clyde and Gare Loch is a desirable commuting base for Glasgow but its influence is subsumed by the working class Dumbarton itself and even more by the Vale of Leven, with its communities of Alexandria, Bonhill, Jamestwon, and Renton, which have such a left wing history that they were onece known as "Little Moscows". The Conservatives slipped to third behind the SNP and the Labour victors in the 1997 General Election, and this order was confirmed in the 1999 Scottish parliament contest.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John McFall elected here in 1987, is one of Blair's discarded ministers, following a stint at the Northern Ireland Office and before that a government Whip. His political career launched as a unilateralist campaigner against the local Faslane Trident base, he was born 1944, educated at St Patrick's High School, Dumbarton, Paisley College and Strathclyde University, and spent 13 years teaching chemistry. A Gulf War rebel in 1991, by the mid 1990s he was confining himself to the more anodyne radicalism of fox hunting bans.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.81% 14.99% 72.11
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.67% 2.13% 31.65
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.79% 2.49% 72.08
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.30% 4.43% 232.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.41% 7.27% 143.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.96% 2.56% 271.30
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.64% 2.04% 31.25
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.18% 3.94% 55.28
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.47% 13.04% 34.32
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.44% 12.70% 34.97
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.45% 8.14% 54.67
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.91% 4.02% 22.74
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.72% 3.19% 116.76
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.65% 11.31% 200.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.00% 3.06% 195.84
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 9.59% 2.52% 380.75
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 9.59% 9.41% 101.89
5-10K 16.27% 16.63% 97.81
10-15K 16.36% 16.58% 98.65
15-20K 13.66% 13.58% 100.56
20-25K 10.64% 10.39% 102.37
25-30K 8.06% 7.77% 103.67
30-35K 6.04% 5.79% 104.35
35-40K 4.52% 4.33% 104.43
40-45K 3.40% 3.27% 103.98
45-50K 2.56% 2.48% 103.11
50-55K 1.94% 1.90% 101.91
55-60K 1.48% 1.47% 100.44
60-65K 1.14% 1.15% 98.80
65-70K 0.88% 0.91% 97.03
70-75K 0.68% 0.72% 95.18
75-80K 0.54% 0.57% 93.28
80-85K 0.42% 0.46% 91.36
85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 89.45
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 87.56
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 85.71
100K + 1.00% 1.34% 74.72

Local Map of the constituency
Dumbarton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dumbarton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.01%) SNP (4.83%)
Conservative (- 12.05%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.18%)
Liberal Democrat (7.87%)
Conservative (-  3.98%) Labour (-  2.10%) SNP (-  3.89%)
Con - 12.05%
Lab 6.01%
LD - 0.18%
SNP 4.83%
Con - 3.98%
Lab - 2.10%
LD 7.87%
SNP - 3.89%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John McFall
Labour hold
Con Conservative (13.67%) 4,648 13.67%
Lab Labour (47.51%) 16,151 47.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.49%) 5,265 15.49%
SNP SNP (19.34%) 6,576 19.34%
Oth Other (3.98%) 1,354 3.98%
Maj Majority (28.17%) 9,575 28.17%
Turn Turnout (60.42%) 33,994 60.42%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John McFall
Labour hold
LC John McFall 16,151 47.51%
C Peter Ramsay 4,648 13.67%
SNP Iain Robertson 6,576 19.34%
SSP Les Robertson 1,354 3.98%
LD Eric Thompson 5,265 15.49%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John McFall
Labour
Con Conservative (17.65%) 7,283 17.65%
Lab Labour (49.61%) 20,470 49.61%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.62%) 3,144 7.62%
SNP SNP (23.23%) 9,587 23.23%
Ref Referendum (0.62%) 255 0.62%
Oth Other (1.27%) 525 1.27%
Maj Majority (26.37%) 10,883 26.37%
Turn Turnout (73.39%) 41,264 73.39%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (29.70%) 13,126 29.70%
Lab Labour (43.60%) 19,255 43.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.80%) 3,425 7.80%
SNP SNP (18.40%) 8,127 18.40%
Oth Other (0.40%) 192 0.40%
Maj Majority (13.90%) 6,129 13.90%
Turn Turnout (76.22%) 44,125 76.22%

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