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Glasgow Pollok
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Tommy Sheridan of the Scottish Socialist Party obtained 21.5 per cent of the vote in Pollok in the Scottish Parliament elections of May 1999, to add to his 11 per cent for Westminster in 1997, and he was elected as a top up MSP for the city as a whole, a product of proportional representation's opportunities for small parties. Sheridan remained in the public eye; in December 2000 he was jailed for 14 days for civil disobedience, and served five in Barlinnie prison. However, despite Sheridan's potent and distinctive presence in the SSP's national campaign, in which it contests all 72 Scottish seats, he is not standing in theis constituency in 2001, and Labour's Ian Davidson is very likely to win Pollok again. It should be noted that the name of this seat, though frequently "corrected" to Pollock, is not a misprint. It is named after Pollok House and Pollok Park in south west Glasgow, around which this majority council house constituency is located.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bald, bushy-moustached Ian Davidson, who was elected as a Glasgow MP (for Govan) in 1992 (when he ousted SNP's Jim Sillars), is a left-wing critic of Blairism who sought unsuccessfully to get onto the panel of approved candidates for the Scottish Parliament. A Eurosceptic who had worked for MEP Janey Buchan, he was an active rebel against Blair's leadership in opposition, but has been rather more circumspect since 1997, voting against the government on means testing of incapacity benefits, linking pensions to average earnings, and air traffic control sell-off.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.01% 14.99% 6.73
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.05% 2.49% 1.86
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.09% 4.43% 69.94
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.91% 7.27% 94.94
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.06% 2.56% 158.20
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.75% 3.94% 44.32
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.29% 13.04% 9.86
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.40% 12.70% 42.54
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.05% 8.14% 37.46
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.35% 4.02% 8.62
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.51% 3.19% 204.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 21.40% 11.31% 189.21
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 18.90% 3.06% 617.08
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 26.13% 2.52% 1,037.60
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.11% 2.10% 5.30
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 16.05% 9.41% 170.47
5-10K 22.68% 16.63% 136.37
10-15K 19.09% 16.58% 115.15
15-20K 13.59% 13.58% 100.04
20-25K 9.18% 10.39% 88.29
25-30K 6.11% 7.77% 78.62
30-35K 4.08% 5.79% 70.41
35-40K 2.74% 4.33% 63.34
40-45K 1.87% 3.27% 57.19
45-50K 1.29% 2.48% 51.81
50-55K 0.90% 1.90% 47.10
55-60K 0.63% 1.47% 42.96
60-65K 0.45% 1.15% 39.31
65-70K 0.33% 0.91% 36.08
70-75K 0.24% 0.72% 33.23
75-80K 0.18% 0.57% 30.69
80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 28.43
85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 26.41
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 24.60
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 22.97
100K + 0.22% 1.34% 16.19

Local Map of the constituency
Glasgow Pollok - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Glasgow Pollok - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.01%)
Conservative (-  2.17%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.83%) SNP (-  7.13%)
Labour (1.39%) Liberal Democrat (2.91%)
Conservative (-  0.43%) SNP (-  1.14%)
Con - 2.17%
Lab 10.01%
LD - 0.83%
SNP - 7.13%
Con - 0.43%
Lab 1.39%
LD 2.91%
SNP - 1.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Davidson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (5.61%) 1,417 5.61%
Lab Labour (61.31%) 15,497 61.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.38%) 1,612 6.38%
SNP SNP (16.73%) 4,229 16.73%
Oth Other (9.98%) 2,522 9.98%
Maj Majority (44.58%) 11,268 44.58%
Turn Turnout (51.37%) 25,277 51.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Davidson
Labour hold
SSP Keith Baldesara 2,522 9.98%
LC Ian Davidson 15,497 61.31%
LD Isabel Nelson 1,612 6.38%
C Rory O'Brien 1,417 5.61%
SNP David Ritchie 4,229 16.73%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ian Davidson
Labour
Con Conservative (6.03%) 1,979 6.03%
Lab Labour (59.91%) 19,653 59.91%
LD Liberal Democrat (3.47%) 1,137 3.47%
SNP SNP (17.87%) 5,862 17.87%
Ref Referendum (0.46%) 152 0.46%
Oth Other (12.25%) 4,019 12.25%
Maj Majority (42.04%) 13,791 42.04%
Turn Turnout (66.56%) 32,802 66.56%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (8.20%) 3,107 8.20%
Lab Labour (49.90%) 18,945 49.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (4.30%) 1,648 4.30%
SNP SNP (25.00%) 9,492 25.00%
Oth Other (12.70%) 4,811 12.70%
Maj Majority (24.90%) 9,453 24.90%
Turn Turnout (72.14%) 38,003 72.14%

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