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Edinburgh West
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Donald Gorrie is retiring as Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West at the next election, having fought the seat six times, winning only the last, but he should be able to bequeath it to his party and his successor as candidate John Barrett. That his vote was not purely a personal reward for long and diligent effort and attempt was demonstrated by the ability of the Lib Dem Margaret Smith to beat the former Conservative MP Lord James Douglas-Hamilton in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections, by around three and a half thousand votes on a turnout which was lower than the average for Westminster contests. West is another predominantly middle class or even elite Edinburgh seat which seems to be lost to its traditional owners. There are still Conservatives on the city council in Cramond and Barnton but not in the most populous district, Corstorphine, wehere the Liberal Democrats rule locally, as they do in the parliamentary constituency.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
The retreat of Donald Gorrie to the Scottish Parliament leaves Liberal Democrat hopes here in the hands of John Barrett, Gorrie's former agent, and leader of the Lib Dems on Edinburgh Council. He was born in 1954, educated at Forrester High School, Edinburgh, Telford College and Napier Polytechnic, and is a film industry buff as well as being, routinely in his party, keen on environment and conservation.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.13% 14.99% 140.93
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.18% 2.13% 8.57
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.06% 2.49% 123.22
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.31% 4.43% 97.32
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.94% 7.27% 136.62
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 9.03% 2.56% 351.99
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 4.09% 2.04% 200.35
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.27% 3.94% 57.68
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.26% 13.04% 78.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.67% 12.70% 60.37
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.94% 8.14% 60.70
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.47% 4.02% 11.64
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.22% 3.19% 101.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.77% 11.31% 95.25
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.22% 3.06% 203.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.43% 2.52% 96.42
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 6.65% 9.41% 70.67
5-10K 13.20% 16.63% 79.34
10-15K 14.76% 16.58% 89.02
15-20K 13.37% 13.58% 98.44
20-25K 11.09% 10.39% 106.69
25-30K 8.83% 7.77% 113.55
30-35K 6.90% 5.79% 119.06
35-40K 5.34% 4.33% 123.36
40-45K 4.13% 3.27% 126.63
45-50K 3.20% 2.48% 129.03
50-55K 2.49% 1.90% 130.71
55-60K 1.94% 1.47% 131.79
60-65K 1.52% 1.15% 132.38
65-70K 1.20% 0.91% 132.56
70-75K 0.95% 0.72% 132.39
75-80K 0.76% 0.57% 131.95
80-85K 0.61% 0.46% 131.28
85-90K 0.49% 0.37% 130.42
90-95K 0.39% 0.31% 129.40
95-100K 0.32% 0.25% 128.25
100K + 1.58% 1.34% 117.56

Local Map of the constituency
Edinburgh West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Edinburgh West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.39%) Liberal Democrat (13.30%)
Conservative (- 10.22%) SNP (-  3.66%)
Labour (9.84%) SNP (3.85%)
Conservative (-  0.08%) Liberal Democrat (- 14.57%)
Con - 10.22%
Lab 1.39%
LD 13.30%
SNP - 3.66%
Con - 0.08%
Lab 9.84%
LD - 14.57%
SNP 3.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Elspeth Alexandra
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (27.89%) 8,894 27.89%
Lab Labour (28.63%) 9,130 28.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.63%) 9,130 28.63%
SNP SNP (12.69%) 4,047 12.69%
Oth Other (2.16%) 688 2.16%
Maj Majority (0.00%) 0 0.00%
Turn Turnout (51.52%) 31,889 51.52%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Elspeth Alexandra
Liberal Democrat hold
L Elspeth Alexandra 9,130 28.63%
LD John Barrett 9,130 28.63%
SSP Bill Scott 688 2.16%
SNP Alyn Smith 4,047 12.69%
C Iain Whyte 8,894 27.89%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Donald Gorrie
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (27.98%) 13,325 27.98%
Lab Labour (18.79%) 8,948 18.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (43.20%) 20,578 43.20%
SNP SNP (8.84%) 4,210 8.84%
Ref Referendum (0.58%) 277 0.58%
Oth Other (0.62%) 293 0.62%
Maj Majority (15.23%) 7,253 15.23%
Turn Turnout (77.91%) 47,631 77.91%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (38.20%) 19,715 38.20%
Lab Labour (17.40%) 8,961 17.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.90%) 15,424 29.90%
SNP SNP (12.50%) 6,471 12.50%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,027 2.00%
Maj Majority (8.30%) 4,291 8.30%
Turn Turnout (83.23%) 51,598 83.23%

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