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East Lothian
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
John Home Robertson has held East Lothian since won a by-election in 1978 - never a trivial task when one's party is in government, particularly when it's heading for disaster the next year. This was even more impressive, for at that time the seat included the small but non-industrial Berwickshire, which was not removed until 1983 boundary changes. Labour still does better the closer one approaches Edinburgh, but the solidly working class communities like Tranent, Ormiston and Prestonpans out vote more Conservative and rural territory like Dunbar, Haddington and North Berwick. The difference can be seen as one travels on the main London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley train (with more time to analyse it on recent journeys). The Conservatives have never shown they can win this seat, and indeed slipped to third in the inaugural Scottish parliament elections in 1999.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ann Picking, a Kent-based Scot returning to Scotland, is a former nurse who has risen in the Labour Party via the union route, in her case UNISON, which she has represented on Labour's NEC since 1997, as well as chairing the Party's Organisation committee. Born in 1958 and educated at Woodmill High School, Dunfermline, she became a nurse, joined COHSE in 1975 and rose through its ranks, eventually reaching COHSE/UNISON's NEC. Living in Kent from the mid-1980s, she worked with management to save staff jobs in a switch from hospital to community care provision, and became an Ashford Borough Councillor in 1995. She claims to thrive on campaigning and taking on Tories, and to have addressed 10,000 people in Hyde Park.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.02% 14.99% 86.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.23% 2.13% 104.72
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.73% 2.49% 109.87
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.03% 4.43% 91.15
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.33% 7.27% 100.81
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.21% 2.56% 125.07
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.34% 2.04% 16.70
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.26% 3.94% 6.48
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.41% 13.04% 56.79
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.19% 12.70% 48.69
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.30% 8.14% 175.65
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.38% 4.02% 34.37
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.07% 3.19% 159.06
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 24.77% 11.31% 218.99
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.26% 3.06% 106.54
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.47% 2.52% 177.65
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 8.26% 9.41% 87.79
5-10K 15.62% 16.63% 93.89
10-15K 16.32% 16.58% 98.46
15-20K 13.82% 13.58% 101.75
20-25K 10.81% 10.39% 103.99
25-30K 8.20% 7.77% 105.46
30-35K 6.16% 5.79% 106.36
35-40K 4.63% 4.33% 106.84
40-45K 3.50% 3.27% 107.04
45-50K 2.66% 2.48% 107.04
50-55K 2.04% 1.90% 106.89
55-60K 1.57% 1.47% 106.64
60-65K 1.22% 1.15% 106.32
65-70K 0.96% 0.91% 105.96
70-75K 0.76% 0.72% 105.57
75-80K 0.60% 0.57% 105.16
80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 104.75
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 104.33
90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 103.92
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 103.51
100K + 1.36% 1.34% 100.92

Local Map of the constituency
East Lothian - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
East Lothian - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.18%) SNP (2.41%)
Conservative (- 10.26%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.57%)
Liberal Democrat (7.11%)
Conservative (-  2.10%) Labour (-  5.47%) SNP (-  1.12%)
Con - 10.26%
Lab 7.18%
LD - 0.57%
SNP 2.41%
Con - 2.10%
Lab - 5.47%
LD 7.11%
SNP - 1.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anne Picking
Labour hold
Con Conservative (17.84%) 6,577 17.84%
Lab Labour (47.21%) 17,407 47.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.65%) 6,506 17.65%
SNP SNP (14.59%) 5,381 14.59%
Oth Other (2.71%) 1,000 2.71%
Maj Majority (29.37%) 10,830 29.37%
Turn Turnout (62.51%) 36,871 62.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anne Picking
Labour hold
SNP Hilary Brown 5,381 14.59%
LD Judy Hayman 6,506 17.65%
SL Jake Herriot 624 1.69%
C Hamish Mair 6,577 17.84%
L Anne Picking 17,407 47.21%
SSP Derrick White 376 1.02%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Home Robertson
Labour
Con Conservative (19.94%) 8,660 19.94%
Lab Labour (52.68%) 22,881 52.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.53%) 4,575 10.53%
SNP SNP (15.71%) 6,825 15.71%
Ref Referendum (1.13%) 491 1.13%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (32.74%) 14,221 32.74%
Turn Turnout (75.61%) 43,432 75.61%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (30.20%) 14,024 30.20%
Lab Labour (45.50%) 21,123 45.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.10%) 5,147 11.10%
SNP SNP (13.30%) 6,171 13.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.30%) 7,099 15.30%
Turn Turnout (82.56%) 46,465 82.56%

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