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Edinburgh South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Seventy per cent middle class, nearly 50pc in professional and managerial occupations, the Edinburgh South of Merchiston and the Morningside of Miss Jean Brodie's creme de la creme in Muriel Spark's school novel was nevertheless won by Labour by nearly two to one over the Conservatives in the most recent General Election. This is partly because the old south side with its granite mansions and granite values is counterbalanced by the peripheral council estates of Liberton and Gilmerton, but it is not just that. After all, openly 20pc of the housing stock was in local authority hands in 1991. Those estates were built in the 1950s and 1960s, but South did not fall for the first time to Labour until 1987. The switch is much more to do with the long term decline of the Scottish Conservative party, which no longer seems to be owned by or even relevant to even the capital's upper middle classes. It was the Liberal Democrats who picked up most of the elite southern wards in the May 1999 city council elections; and the Tories fell to fourth in the Scottish parliament elections. Jean Brodie may have been outraged, as she was portrayed as no left winger; but in fact as one with Francoist and fascist sympathies (the book was set in the 1930s) perhaps she wouldn't have cared about the fate of mere Conservatives.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Nigel Griffiths, a short, straight-backed man with a rather robotic style of oratory, was dropped as Consumer Affairs minister from the Government in Blair's first reshuffle in 1998, despite - or rather because of - close links to Chancellor Gordon Brown, whose researcher he once was. A former welfare rights officer and as a frontbencher, campaigner on consumer issues, he was born in 1955 and educated at Hawick High School, Edinburgh University and Moray House College of Education. His election here in 1987 sent Tory MP Michael Ancram hurrying south to a safer perch at Devizes in 1992. As Consumer Affairs minister, his defence of the Murdoch press practice of predatory pricing sparked a back bench revolt.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.05% 14.99% 27.03
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.09% 2.49% 124.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.61% 4.43% 81.50
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.73% 7.27% 51.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 15.72% 2.56% 613.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 9.72% 2.04% 476.45
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 23.42% 3.94% 593.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.16% 13.04% 39.59
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.36% 12.70% 34.33
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.96% 8.14% 11.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.93% 4.02% 23.13
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.93% 3.19% 91.97
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 12.03% 11.31% 106.40
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.16% 3.06% 201.28
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.19% 2.52% 86.94
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.14% 2.10% 6.86
Unclassified
Unclassified 1.79% 0.06% 2,865.94
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.24% 9.41% 87.48
5-10K 14.20% 16.63% 85.36
10-15K 14.61% 16.58% 88.13
15-20K 12.62% 13.58% 92.91
20-25K 10.24% 10.39% 98.50
25-30K 8.11% 7.77% 104.32
30-35K 6.38% 5.79% 110.07
35-40K 5.01% 4.33% 115.60
40-45K 3.94% 3.27% 120.80
45-50K 3.12% 2.48% 125.64
50-55K 2.48% 1.90% 130.10
55-60K 1.98% 1.47% 134.18
60-65K 1.59% 1.15% 137.90
65-70K 1.28% 0.91% 141.26
70-75K 1.04% 0.72% 144.29
75-80K 0.85% 0.57% 147.02
80-85K 0.69% 0.46% 149.46
85-90K 0.57% 0.37% 151.64
90-95K 0.47% 0.31% 153.57
95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 155.28
100K + 2.16% 1.34% 160.38

Local Map of the constituency
Edinburgh South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Edinburgh South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.32%) Liberal Democrat (4.44%) SNP (0.02%)
Conservative (- 10.92%)
Liberal Democrat (9.73%)
Conservative (-  4.67%) Labour (-  4.65%) SNP (-  3.01%)
Con - 10.92%
Lab 5.32%
LD 4.44%
SNP 0.02%
Con - 4.67%
Lab - 4.65%
LD 9.73%
SNP - 3.01%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Griffiths
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.61%) 6,172 16.61%
Lab Labour (42.16%) 15,671 42.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.37%) 10,172 27.37%
SNP SNP (9.91%) 3,683 9.91%
Oth Other (3.95%) 1,468 3.95%
Maj Majority (14.80%) 5,499 14.80%
Turn Turnout (58.06%) 37,166 58.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Griffiths
Labour hold
C Geoffrey Buchan 6,172 16.61%
SSP Colin Fox 933 2.51%
L Nigel Griffiths 15,671 42.16%
LCA Margaret Hendry 535 1.44%
LD Marilyne MacLaren 10,172 27.37%
SNP Heather Williams 3,683 9.91%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nigel Griffiths
Labour
Con Conservative (21.28%) 9,541 21.28%
Lab Labour (46.82%) 20,993 46.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.64%) 7,911 17.64%
SNP SNP (12.92%) 5,791 12.92%
Ref Referendum (1.12%) 504 1.12%
Oth Other (0.22%) 98 0.22%
Maj Majority (25.54%) 11,452 25.54%
Turn Turnout (71.78%) 44,838 71.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (32.20%) 14,270 32.20%
Lab Labour (41.50%) 18,426 41.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.20%) 5,855 13.20%
SNP SNP (12.90%) 5,719 12.90%
Oth Other (0.20%) 108 0.20%
Maj Majority (9.40%) 4,156 9.40%
Turn Turnout (72.00%) 44,378 72.00%

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