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Ayr
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Ayr seems destined for tight contests at all levels. The perennial Conservative champion here Phil Gallie, member from1992-7, tried again at the Scottish Parliament elections of May 1999, and came closest to winning a first past the post seat for his party north of the border, finishing just 25 votes behind Labour on a very high turnout of 66.6pc. Then in a second bite at this particular cherry, the Conservatives actually won a by-election in the area covered by the constituency for the Scottish Parliament. It must be their best chance of a win in a Westminster contest, although the Tories' explusion from Scotland in 1997 would suggest otherwise. However, the memory of success is more recent here than anywhere else in the whole of Scotland, which is important for a party in danger of demoralisation as well as defeat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sandra Osborne won Ayr in 1997 after selection by an all-women shortlist excluded her husband, the candidate in 1992, from the running. Bespectacled and mousey-looking, and PPS to Scottish Office minister Brian Wilson, she has followed a safely Blairite path, if unhappy about Preswick Airport-affecting air traffic control privatisation. Born 1956 and educated at Camphill Senior Secondary School, Paisley, Jordanhill Teacher Training College and Strathclyde University, she formerly worked as a ëwomenís aid workerí with battered women. The loss of the seat to the Conservatives in the 2000 Scottish Parliament byelection, due to the SNP siphoning-off enough Labour votes to let the Tory in, gives Phil Gallie, the former Conservative MP here (1992-97) a chance of a come-back. A rare working class Conservative, born 1939, educated at Dunfermline High School and at technical colleges in Lauder and Kirkcaldy, and a Rosyth Dockyard worker before becoming an electrical engineer and power station manager, he has a reputation as an abrasive but astute Thatcherite, with populist stances on hanging, flogging, taxation and defence.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.55% 14.99% 110.37
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.32% 2.13% 15.11
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.36% 2.49% 175.29
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.71% 4.43% 61.31
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.26% 7.27% 99.78
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.47% 2.56% 135.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.51% 2.04% 73.78
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.19% 3.94% 106.35
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.73% 13.04% 74.59
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.75% 12.70% 45.27
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.98% 8.14% 122.54
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.82% 4.02% 45.33
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.73% 3.19% 148.38
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.22% 11.31% 116.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 9.66% 3.06% 315.56
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.75% 2.52% 188.55
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 10.54% 9.41% 112.00
£5-10K 17.13% 16.63% 102.97
£10-15K 16.43% 16.58% 99.13
£15-20K 13.27% 13.58% 97.66
£20-25K 10.12% 10.39% 97.41
£25-30K 7.60% 7.77% 97.71
£30-35K 5.69% 5.79% 98.17
£35-40K 4.27% 4.33% 98.57
£40-45K 3.23% 3.27% 98.81
£45-50K 2.45% 2.48% 98.87
£50-55K 1.88% 1.90% 98.74
£55-60K 1.45% 1.47% 98.44
£60-65K 1.13% 1.15% 98.00
£65-70K 0.88% 0.91% 97.44
£70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 96.80
£75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 96.08
£80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 95.31
£85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 94.51
£90-95K 0.29% 0.31% 93.68
£95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 92.84
£100K + 1.18% 1.34% 87.45

Local Map of the constituency
Ayr - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ayr - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.84%) SNP (1.37%)
Conservative (-  4.58%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.77%)
Conservative (3.15%) Liberal Democrat (0.69%)
Labour (-  4.87%) SNP (-  0.58%)
Con - 4.58%
Lab 5.84%
LD - 2.77%
SNP 1.37%
Con 3.15%
Lab - 4.87%
LD 0.69%
SNP - 0.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sandra Osborne
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.97%) 14,256 36.97%
Lab Labour (43.57%) 16,801 43.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.42%) 2,089 5.42%
SNP SNP (11.98%) 4,621 11.98%
Oth Other (2.06%) 793 2.06%
Maj Majority (6.60%) 2,545 6.60%
Turn Turnout (69.32%) 38,560 69.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sandra Osborne
Labour hold
C Phil Gallie 14,256 36.97%
SNP Jim Mather 4,621 11.98%
L Sandra Osborne 16,801 43.57%
LD Stuart Ritchie 2,089 5.42%
UK Joseph Smith 101 0.26%
SSP James Stewart 692 1.79%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Sandra Osborn
Labour
Con Conservative (33.82%) 15,136 33.82%
Lab Labour (48.44%) 21,679 48.44%
LD Liberal Democrat (4.73%) 2,116 4.73%
SNP SNP (12.57%) 5,625 12.57%
Ref Referendum (0.45%) 200 0.45%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.62%) 6,543 14.62%
Turn Turnout (80.17%) 44,756 80.17%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.40%) 17,417 38.40%
Lab Labour (42.60%) 19,312 42.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.50%) 3,382 7.50%
SNP SNP (11.20%) 5,057 11.20%
Oth Other (0.30%) 132 0.30%
Maj Majority (4.20%) 1,895 4.20%
Turn Turnout (81.91%) 45,300 81.91%

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