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Glasgow Kelvin
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This distinguished constituency includes the heart of the old West End of Glasgow, with the university and the mansions of Kelvinside, and since 1997 much of the city centre, including George Square and Queen Street station, High Street and the cathedral. Its adult residents are more likely to have degrees than any other seat in Scotland, and more than half of the voters are in professional and managerial occupations. There are pockets of working class neighbourhoods as well, of course, as one would find in any central city. Nevertheless, it is a striking demonstration of the alienation of the Scottish elite from the Conservative party that in 1997 the latter obtained a mere 10 per cent of the vote here and finished a miserable fourth, and that it was Labour, in the controversial figure of George Galloway, who won by nearly 10,000 over the SNP.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
George Galloway, a deep-tanned sharp-suited globe trotter and MP here (originally Hillhead) since beating Roy "Taffy" Jenkins in 1987, is essentially a one-club politician as a hitcher-on to any passing Arab camel train including that of Saddam Hussein, the PLO, Benazir Bhutto and Mohammad Sarwar. Of his penchant for Saddam Hussein it was said, "if he had infuriated Saddam as much as he did his own party leader, he would now be in a Baghdad basement hanging off the end of a meat hook" (Andrew Rawnsley). Born 1954, and educated at Harris Academy, Dundee, he worked as a manual worker before six years as a Scottish Labour Party organiser, and four years running War on Want. Currently with a PR company operating in the Middle East and India, he strongly backed Scottish devolution. With ability and an effortlessly fluent debating style, his flaw as a career politician lies in his confrontational approach, though he denies that when he asked a fellow Labour MP "why everyone takes an instant dislike to me", the reply was "it saves time".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.21% 14.99% 1.38
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.32% 2.49% 12.71
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 8.79% 2.56% 342.89
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 11.79% 2.04% 577.47
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 41.68% 3.94% 1,056.92
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.74% 13.04% 5.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.49% 12.70% 19.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.09% 4.02% 27.13
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.59% 3.19% 18.53
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.10% 11.31% 18.54
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 26.85% 3.06% 876.77
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.22% 2.52% 88.30
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.11% 2.10% 52.95
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 38.25
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.62% 9.41% 112.86
5-10K 17.68% 16.63% 106.32
10-15K 16.84% 16.58% 101.56
15-20K 13.33% 13.58% 98.13
20-25K 9.95% 10.39% 95.71
25-30K 7.32% 7.77% 94.15
30-35K 5.40% 5.79% 93.29
35-40K 4.03% 4.33% 93.01
40-45K 3.04% 3.27% 93.19
45-50K 2.33% 2.48% 93.71
50-55K 1.80% 1.90% 94.49
55-60K 1.41% 1.47% 95.46
60-65K 1.11% 1.15% 96.57
65-70K 0.89% 0.91% 97.78
70-75K 0.71% 0.72% 99.04
75-80K 0.58% 0.57% 100.35
80-85K 0.47% 0.46% 101.66
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 102.99
90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 104.30
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 105.59
100K + 1.52% 1.34% 113.36

Local Map of the constituency
Glasgow Kelvin - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Glasgow Kelvin - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.07%) SNP (2.07%)
Conservative (-  2.36%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.72%)
Liberal Democrat (3.56%)
Conservative (-  1.93%) Labour (-  6.14%) SNP (-  4.53%)
Con - 2.36%
Lab 4.07%
LD - 4.72%
SNP 2.07%
Con - 1.93%
Lab - 6.14%
LD 3.56%
SNP - 4.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Galloway
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.91%) 2,388 8.91%
Lab Labour (44.83%) 12,014 44.83%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.74%) 4,754 17.74%
SNP SNP (16.84%) 4,513 16.84%
Oth Other (11.69%) 3,133 11.69%
Maj Majority (27.09%) 7,260 27.09%
Turn Turnout (61528.93%) 26,802 61528.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Galloway
Labour hold
L George Galloway 12,014 44.83%
LD Tamsin Mayberry 4,754 17.74%
SNP Frank Rankin 4,513 16.84%
C Davina Rankin 2,388 8.91%
SSP Heather Richie 1,847 6.89%
G Tim Shand 1,286 4.80%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
George Galloway
Labour
Con Conservative (10.84%) 3,539 10.84%
Lab Labour (50.97%) 16,643 50.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.18%) 4,629 14.18%
SNP SNP (21.37%) 6,978 21.37%
Ref Referendum (0.86%) 282 0.86%
Oth Other (1.79%) 583 1.79%
Maj Majority (29.60%) 9,665 29.60%
Turn Turnout (56.85%) 32,654 56.85%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (13.20%) 4,765 13.20%
Lab Labour (46.90%) 16,971 46.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.90%) 6,848 18.90%
SNP SNP (19.30%) 6,982 19.30%
Oth Other (1.80%) 649 1.80%
Maj Majority (27.60%) 9,989 27.60%
Turn Turnout (67.46%) 36,215 67.46%

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