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Dundee West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although it was Dundee East which was held for the SNP by their leader Gordon Wilson for 13 years from 1974 to 1987, West now looks like the Nationalists' better chance in the Tayside city; and indeed one of their best anywhere in industrial Scotland against Labour incumbents, as they came within 121 votes of seizing it in the May 1999 Scottish Parliament elections; they also provide substantial opposition on the Dundee City Council. Ernie Ross must fight hard to win again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Slight, cadaverous and poker-faced Ernie Ross, MP here since 1979, is a hard left pro-Arab zealot turned ultra loyalist, who leaked a select committee report to help Foreign Secretary Robin Cook. The act led to his being dubbed by devolutionist Dennis Canavan, whom he had helped keep off Labour's list of Scottish Parliamentary candidates, a 'government hack'. Born locally, in 1942, after RC secondary schooling he worked as a marine engineer and then as a quality control engineer at Timex, but is now known as 'the Plumber': because he 'fixes leaks'.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.69% 14.99% 24.63
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.40% 2.49% 16.08
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.61% 4.43% 13.82
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.90% 7.27% 122.35
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.37% 2.56% 92.43
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.19% 2.04% 58.41
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 19.34% 3.94% 490.37
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.57% 13.04% 27.40
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.62% 12.70% 28.47
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.18% 8.14% 26.82
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.20% 4.02% 29.96
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.57% 3.19% 206.33
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.91% 11.31% 158.37
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 22.39% 3.06% 731.07
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.02% 2.52% 239.02
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.03% 2.10% 1.27
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.84% 9.41% 147.03
5-10K 22.10% 16.63% 132.85
10-15K 19.28% 16.58% 116.26
15-20K 13.86% 13.58% 102.06
20-25K 9.42% 10.39% 90.63
25-30K 6.34% 7.77% 81.50
30-35K 4.29% 5.79% 74.14
35-40K 2.95% 4.33% 68.14
40-45K 2.06% 3.27% 63.17
45-50K 1.46% 2.48% 58.99
50-55K 1.06% 1.90% 55.45
55-60K 0.77% 1.47% 52.39
60-65K 0.57% 1.15% 49.74
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.41
70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 45.34
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 43.50
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.85
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.36
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.01
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.77
100K + 0.43% 1.34% 32.03

Local Map of the constituency
Dundee West - Local Map of the constituency

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Dundee West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.09%) Liberal Democrat (0.16%)
Conservative (-  5.65%) SNP (-  1.37%)
Liberal Democrat (1.30%) SNP (4.08%)
Conservative (-  4.07%) Labour (-  3.22%)
Con - 5.65%
Lab 6.09%
LD 0.16%
SNP - 1.37%
Con - 4.07%
Lab - 3.22%
LD 1.30%
SNP 4.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ernie Ross
Labour hold
Con Conservative (9.08%) 2,656 9.08%
Lab Labour (50.57%) 14,787 50.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.96%) 2,620 8.96%
SNP SNP (27.31%) 7,987 27.31%
Oth Other (4.08%) 1,192 4.08%
Maj Majority (23.25%) 6,800 23.25%
Turn Turnout (54.39%) 29,242 54.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ernie Ross
Labour hold
SNP Gordon Archer 7,987 27.31%
LD Elizabeth Dick 2,620 8.96%
C Ian Hail 2,656 9.08%
SSP Jim McFarlane 1,192 4.08%
L Ernie Ross 14,787 50.57%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ernie Ross
Labour
Con Conservative (13.15%) 5,105 13.15%
Lab Labour (53.79%) 20,875 53.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.66%) 2,972 7.66%
SNP SNP (23.23%) 9,016 23.23%
Ref Referendum (1.06%) 411 1.06%
Oth Other (1.10%) 428 1.10%
Maj Majority (30.56%) 11,859 30.56%
Turn Turnout (67.67%) 38,807 67.67%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (18.80%) 7,717 18.80%
Lab Labour (47.70%) 19,520 47.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.50%) 3,071 7.50%
SNP SNP (24.60%) 10,056 24.60%
Oth Other (1.40%) 591 1.40%
Maj Majority (23.10%) 9,464 23.10%
Turn Turnout (67.86%) 40,955 67.86%

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