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Dumfries
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Dumfries was safely Conservative for many decades before Labour's sweeping victory in 1997, but with only modest inroads into the majority in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections and the continued malaise of the party north of the border, recovery of representation here still seems highly improbable. It is only just north of the border, and the rolling farmland with its connections with Robert Burns, and the birthplaces of Thomas Carlyle and (reputedly) Robert the Bruce do not suggest a Labour heritage, but Dumfries itself has its council estates, like most Scottish towns, and the mood throughout Scotland is firmly Labour. The Tories halved the gap in the 1999 Holyrood elections, but one suspects this will not be quite enough in the way of progress to suggest a regain in the next Westminster contests. This is one of the areas suffering most severely from the great foot and mouth outbreak of 2001; the electoral impact of this disaster locally remains to be recorded.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Russell Brown, who swept in on Labour's 1997 high tide, was helped there by the resentment toward the One Nation Tory General Sir Hector Monro. One of Labour's dwindling band of proletarians, Brown was an ICI factory worker for 23 years and a well-dug-in local councillor. He campaigns on local issues such as arms dumps in the Beaufort Dyke and the Lockerbie bombing. With shades of Sir Hector, the Tories have selected another old school gentleman farmer in John Charteris of the Royal Scots, and grandson of the seat's MP between 1924 and 1929.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.00% 14.99% 46.69
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 8.21% 2.13% 386.22
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.03% 2.49% 81.76
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.57% 4.43% 80.62
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.58% 7.27% 131.66
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.54% 2.56% 59.89
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 2.90
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.86% 3.94% 47.20
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.10% 13.04% 85.12
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.50% 12.70% 74.77
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.57% 8.14% 105.24
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.87% 4.02% 46.56
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.17% 3.19% 162.22
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.10% 11.31% 168.90
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.58% 3.06% 116.86
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.16% 2.52% 284.27
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.11% 0.06% 170.05
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.44% 9.41% 110.93
5-10K 19.36% 16.63% 116.40
10-15K 18.78% 16.58% 113.26
15-20K 14.64% 13.58% 107.78
20-25K 10.57% 10.39% 101.66
25-30K 7.43% 7.77% 95.52
30-35K 5.19% 5.79% 89.61
35-40K 3.64% 4.33% 84.08
40-45K 2.58% 3.27% 78.97
45-50K 1.84% 2.48% 74.31
50-55K 1.33% 1.90% 70.07
55-60K 0.98% 1.47% 66.24
60-65K 0.72% 1.15% 62.78
65-70K 0.54% 0.91% 59.65
70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 56.83
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 54.26
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.94
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 49.82
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 47.89
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 46.13
100K + 0.51% 1.34% 38.11

Local Map of the constituency
Dumfries - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dumfries - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.91%)
Conservative (- 15.06%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.62%) SNP (-  2.73%)
Conservative (0.13%) Labour (1.41%) Liberal Democrat (0.56%)
SNP (-  2.43%)
Con - 15.06%
Lab 17.91%
LD - 0.62%
SNP - 2.73%
Con 0.13%
Lab 1.41%
LD 0.56%
SNP - 2.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Russell Brown
Labour hold
Con Conservative (28.17%) 11,996 28.17%
Lab Labour (48.91%) 20,830 48.91%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.64%) 4,955 11.64%
SNP SNP (9.63%) 4,103 9.63%
Oth Other (1.65%) 702 1.65%
Maj Majority (20.74%) 8,834 20.74%
Turn Turnout (67.67%) 42,586 67.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Russell Brown
Labour hold
L Russell Brown 20,830 48.91%
C John Charteris 11,996 28.17%
SSP John Dennis 702 1.65%
SNP Gerry Fisher 4,103 9.63%
LD John Ross Scott 4,955 11.64%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Russell Brown
Labour gain
Con Conservative (28.04%) 13,885 28.04%
Lab Labour (47.51%) 23,528 47.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.08%) 5,487 11.08%
SNP SNP (12.07%) 5,977 12.07%
Ref Referendum (1.08%) 533 1.08%
Oth Other (0.24%) 117 0.24%
Maj Majority (19.47%) 9,643 19.47%
Turn Turnout (78.92%) 49,527 78.92%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.10%) 21,597 43.10%
Lab Labour (29.60%) 14,831 29.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.70%) 5,854 11.70%
SNP SNP (14.80%) 7,411 14.80%
Oth Other (0.80%) 419 0.80%
Maj Majority (13.50%) 6,766 13.50%
Turn Turnout (79.21%) 50,112 79.21%

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