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Edinburgh Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The dramatic scenery and pulsing heart of Scotland's capital, Central now includes the second semi-sovereign legislature in Britain to add to its other distinctions and attractions. The MSP for Edinburgh Central is Labour's Sarah Boyack, who is tipped for great success. The Westminster MP is a Cabinet Minister, Alistair Darling. This is scarcely an identikit central Scotland seat though. It has the highest percentage of professional and managerial workers north of the border, and to give a further clue to the type of work predominant here, the highest number of residents born outside Scotland (mainly in England, though it also has the most non-white people in Edinburgh, in the Tollcross / Haymarket area). Besides the Old Town, the seat has a variety of residential areas from the council estate of Stenhouse to the Murrayfield ward, with the headquarters of Scotland's proud Rugby Union team and Ravelston Dykes, with some of the city's premier housing. Nevertheless, the Conservatives slipped to fourth in 1999, and Labour will continue to hold off all-comers.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alistair Darling, a public school (Loretto) and Aberdeen University-educated Edinburgh lawyer, was born in 1953 into a Tory-voting family, his great uncle being the Edinburgh Conservative MP, Sir William Darling. It has been noted that with his white hair and close-cropped beard (now removed), jet black eyebrows and penetrating eyes, his appearance seemed better suited to an Italian art-house movie than an Edinburgh courtroom. He has employed his smoothly effective, if cold and unclubbable, manner in two key, not unrelated, Cabinet posts, bringing a thrifty Chief Secretary's eye to welfare reform as replacement for the sacked Social Security Secretary, Harriet Harman.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.50% 14.99% 23.31
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.34% 2.49% 134.53
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.17% 7.27% 2.33
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.49% 2.56% 291.98
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 9.88% 2.04% 483.99
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 53.42% 3.94% 1,354.60
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.21% 13.04% 16.93
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.55% 12.70% 12.22
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.70% 8.14% 8.54
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.38% 4.02% 34.43
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.16% 3.19% 67.96
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.56% 11.31% 13.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 11.90% 3.06% 388.58
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.12% 2.52% 4.81
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.37% 2.10% 17.70
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.25% 0.06% 396.30
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.96% 9.41% 95.21
5-10K 16.10% 16.63% 96.77
10-15K 16.45% 16.58% 99.25
15-20K 13.68% 13.58% 100.75
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.56
25-30K 7.93% 7.77% 102.03
30-35K 5.93% 5.79% 102.33
35-40K 4.44% 4.33% 102.58
40-45K 3.36% 3.27% 102.82
45-50K 2.56% 2.48% 103.06
50-55K 1.97% 1.90% 103.30
55-60K 1.53% 1.47% 103.55
60-65K 1.20% 1.15% 103.80
65-70K 0.94% 0.91% 104.04
70-75K 0.75% 0.72% 104.28
75-80K 0.60% 0.57% 104.50
80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 104.71
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 104.90
90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 105.07
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 105.23
100K + 1.42% 1.34% 105.63

Local Map of the constituency
Edinburgh Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Edinburgh Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.59%) SNP (0.60%)
Conservative (-  8.21%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.68%)
Liberal Democrat (5.36%)
Conservative (-  4.78%) Labour (-  4.94%) SNP (-  1.74%)
Con - 8.21%
Lab 8.59%
LD - 1.68%
SNP 0.60%
Con - 4.78%
Lab - 4.94%
LD 5.36%
SNP - 1.74%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alistair Darling
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.41%) 5,643 16.41%
Lab Labour (42.15%) 14,495 42.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.47%) 6,353 18.47%
SNP SNP (14.05%) 4,832 14.05%
Oth Other (8.92%) 3,067 8.92%
Maj Majority (23.68%) 8,142 23.68%
Turn Turnout (52.04%) 34,390 52.04%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alistair Darling
Labour hold
L Alistair Darling 14,495 42.15%
G Graeme Farmer 1,809 5.26%
SNP Ian McKee 4,832 14.05%
LD Andrew Myles 6,353 18.47%
C Alastair Orr 5,643 16.41%
SSP Kevin Williamson 1,258 3.66%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alistair Darling
Labour
Con Conservative (21.19%) 9,055 21.19%
Lab Labour (47.09%) 20,125 47.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.12%) 5,605 13.12%
SNP SNP (15.80%) 6,750 15.80%
Ref Referendum (1.16%) 495 1.16%
Oth Other (1.65%) 705 1.65%
Maj Majority (25.90%) 11,070 25.90%
Turn Turnout (67.09%) 42,735 67.09%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (29.40%) 12,013 29.40%
Lab Labour (38.50%) 15,770 38.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.80%) 6,073 14.80%
SNP SNP (15.20%) 6,232 15.20%
Oth Other (2.00%) 837 2.00%
Maj Majority (9.20%) 3,757 9.20%
Turn Turnout (68.18%) 40,925 68.18%

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