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Glasgow Rutherglen
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Once a separate burgh to the south east of Glasgow, Rutherglen has been included in a Glasgow constituency since the early 1970s. Its politics have also converged with those of that near one-party (Labour) state, as an old tendency to Liberal preference from the 1980s was not sustained in the 1990s, although they finished in a strongish third place in both the 1997 General Election and for the 1999 Scottish Parliament.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tommy McAvoy is one of Labour's silent hewers of wood and drawers of water, as a Whip, by 1997 third in seniority as the Pairing Whip. Born 1943 and Catholic-secondary-school-educated, he was a sometime storeman and fork lift truck driver, who served a short, five-year apprenticeship on Strathclyde Council before reaching Westminster in 1987, where, as a Catholic, he follows his church on low abortion limits.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.49% 14.99% 29.94
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.18% 2.49% 47.52
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.35% 4.43% 30.54
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.45% 7.27% 129.91
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 8.37% 2.56% 326.31
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.31% 2.04% 15.32
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.48% 3.94% 37.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.61% 13.04% 50.70
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.34% 12.70% 42.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.85% 8.14% 35.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.50% 4.02% 37.37
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.56% 3.19% 205.81
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.38% 11.31% 162.54
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 20.22% 3.06% 660.17
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 11.90% 2.52% 472.68
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 12.30% 9.41% 130.71
5-10K 19.44% 16.63% 116.90
10-15K 17.99% 16.58% 108.53
15-20K 13.87% 13.58% 102.12
20-25K 10.03% 10.39% 96.52
25-30K 7.11% 7.77% 91.49
30-35K 5.04% 5.79% 86.97
35-40K 3.59% 4.33% 82.94
40-45K 2.59% 3.27% 79.35
45-50K 1.89% 2.48% 76.15
50-55K 1.40% 1.90% 73.28
55-60K 1.04% 1.47% 70.69
60-65K 0.79% 1.15% 68.34
65-70K 0.60% 0.91% 66.18
70-75K 0.46% 0.72% 64.18
75-80K 0.36% 0.57% 62.32
80-85K 0.28% 0.46% 60.58
85-90K 0.22% 0.37% 58.94
90-95K 0.18% 0.31% 57.38
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 55.90
100K + 0.64% 1.34% 47.56

Local Map of the constituency
Glasgow Rutherglen - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Glasgow Rutherglen - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.12%) Liberal Democrat (2.85%)
Conservative (-  9.94%) SNP (-  0.33%)
Conservative (2.04%)
Labour (-  0.14%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.92%) SNP (-  1.11%)
Con - 9.94%
Lab 4.12%
LD 2.85%
SNP - 0.33%
Con 2.04%
Lab - 0.14%
LD - 1.92%
SNP - 1.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Thomas McAvoy
Labour hold
Con Conservative (11.30%) 3,301 11.30%
Lab Labour (57.37%) 16,760 57.37%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.63%) 3,689 12.63%
SNP SNP (14.15%) 4,135 14.15%
Oth Other (4.55%) 1,328 4.55%
Maj Majority (43.22%) 12,625 43.22%
Turn Turnout (56.34%) 29,213 56.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Thomas McAvoy
Labour hold
SSP Bill Bonnar 1,328 4.55%
LD David Jackson 3,689 12.63%
C Malcolm Macaskill 3,301 11.30%
L Thomas McAvoy 16,760 57.37%
SNP Anne McLaughlin 4,135 14.15%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Thomas McAvoy
Labour
Con Conservative (9.26%) 3,288 9.26%
Lab Labour (57.52%) 20,430 57.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.55%) 5,167 14.55%
SNP SNP (15.27%) 5,423 15.27%
Ref Referendum (0.42%) 150 0.42%
Oth Other (2.99%) 1,063 2.99%
Maj Majority (42.25%) 15,007 42.25%
Turn Turnout (70.14%) 35,521 70.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (19.20%) 7,443 19.20%
Lab Labour (53.40%) 20,742 53.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.70%) 4,529 11.70%
SNP SNP (15.60%) 6,052 15.60%
Oth Other (0.20%) 92 0.20%
Maj Majority (34.20%) 13,299 34.20%
Turn Turnout (74.35%) 38,858 74.35%

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