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Dunfermline West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
For 500 years Dunfermline was Scotland's capital, and in its abbey is buried a national hero, Robert Bruce, among eight kings, five queens, six princes and two princesses of the Scottish royal house. It is also the birthplace of the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Dunfermline itself is entirely within the West constituency, and as its distinguished history implies it is more mixed in its development and its politics than the heavy industry of Gordon Brown's Dunfermline East. It is still safely Labour, though, with the opposition to Rachel Squire so evenly split that even her 53pc share, modest by Labour's standards in its Scottish seats, was 34pc ahead of the SNP in second place. The Liberal Democrats pip the Conservatives for the bronze medal position. This order was maintained in the 1999 Scottish parliament elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Rachel Squire, PPS to Education and Employment ministers, was elected in 1992 for this seat. She gained selection, despite her English birth (born 1954, in Surrey) and private schooling (Godolphin & Latimer, Hammersmith, Durham and Birmingham Universities) through her trade union background as UNISON's Scottish Region Education Officer for 10 years. Inevitably she has become, despite her earlier opposition to the defence estimates, a campaigner for the threatened Rosyth Dockyard. With an angular countenance and deliberate mode of speech, and slowed down by a brain tumour in 1993, she must hope that her English origins will not threaten her survival in a Scotland increasingly driven by a nationalistic agenda.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.84% 14.99% 52.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.70
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.45% 2.49% 18.25
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.89% 4.43% 291.28
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.57% 7.27% 186.52
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.58% 2.56% 178.73
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.91% 2.04% 44.46
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.74% 3.94% 44.06
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.85% 13.04% 44.83
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.45% 12.70% 58.64
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.51% 8.14% 92.28
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.78% 4.02% 19.46
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.82% 3.19% 214.13
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.27% 11.31% 170.33
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.20% 3.06% 202.45
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.12% 2.52% 163.74
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 9.89% 9.41% 105.02
5-10K 17.71% 16.63% 106.48
10-15K 17.37% 16.58% 104.75
15-20K 13.97% 13.58% 102.84
20-25K 10.48% 10.39% 100.88
25-30K 7.68% 7.77% 98.81
30-35K 5.60% 5.79% 96.63
35-40K 4.09% 4.33% 94.37
40-45K 3.01% 3.27% 92.05
45-50K 2.23% 2.48% 89.73
50-55K 1.66% 1.90% 87.41
55-60K 1.26% 1.47% 85.13
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.89
65-70K 0.73% 0.91% 80.71
70-75K 0.57% 0.72% 78.61
75-80K 0.44% 0.57% 76.57
80-85K 0.35% 0.46% 74.61
85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 72.73
90-95K 0.22% 0.31% 70.92
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 69.19
100K + 0.80% 1.34% 59.65

Local Map of the constituency
Dunfermline West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dunfermline West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.58%)
Conservative (- 10.36%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.98%) SNP (-  0.63%)
Liberal Democrat (1.98%)
Conservative (-  2.42%) Labour (-  0.23%) SNP (-  1.77%)
Con - 10.36%
Lab 11.58%
LD - 1.98%
SNP - 0.63%
Con - 2.42%
Lab - 0.23%
LD 1.98%
SNP - 1.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Rachel Squire
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.22%) 3,166 10.22%
Lab Labour (52.85%) 16,370 52.85%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.60%) 4,832 15.60%
SNP SNP (17.40%) 5,390 17.40%
Oth Other (3.93%) 1,217 3.93%
Maj Majority (35.45%) 10,980 35.45%
Turn Turnout (57.05%) 30,975 57.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Rachel Squire
Labour hold
SNP Brian Goodall 5,390 17.40%
UK Alastair Harper 471 1.52%
C James Mackie 3,166 10.22%
LD Russell McPhate 4,832 15.60%
L Rachel Squire 16,370 52.85%
SSP Kate Stewart 746 2.41%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Rachel Squire
Labour
Con Conservative (12.64%) 4,606 12.64%
Lab Labour (53.08%) 19,338 53.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.62%) 4,963 13.62%
SNP SNP (19.17%) 6,984 19.17%
Ref Referendum (1.49%) 543 1.49%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (33.91%) 12,354 33.91%
Turn Turnout (69.44%) 36,434 69.44%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (23.00%) 8,948 23.00%
Lab Labour (41.50%) 16,132 41.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.60%) 6,066 15.60%
SNP SNP (19.80%) 7,703 19.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (18.50%) 7,184 18.50%
Turn Turnout (75.90%) 38,849 75.90%

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