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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Greenock & Inverclyde
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Historically one of the few Labour - Liberal marginals, in which the centrist Alliance reached 36 per cent of the vote in 1983 after the defection of sitting Labour MP Dickson Mabon, this seat at the mouth of the Clyde now looks safe for Labour in parliamentary terms. The Liberal Democrats still do well in local elections, and finished a very respectable second to Labour in the first contest for a Scottish parliament seat here in 1999, but their General Election vote slumped to less than 14 per cent in both 1992 and 1997 and they are not seen as serious contenders for Westminster. Industries and occupations associated with seafaring have declined here, to be replaced with a specialisation in electronics and computing - both IBM and National Semi-Conductors have major plants in the town.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Cairns, the new Labour candidate here, is already well known for his campaign against the disqualification from sitting in Parliament of ex-Roman Catholic priests like himself, and for whom the law was changed in February this year. Born 1966 and educated at Notre Dame High School, Greenock, the Gregorian University, Rome, and the Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury, he was a priest for three years before becoming Director of the Christian Socialist Movement in 1994. He was research assistant to Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden and sister of Labour's General Secretary Margaret McDonagh. He has been a Merton councillor since 1998 and Chief Whip since 1999. His predecessor in this seat, Dr Norman Godman, has said: "I wanted to be succeeded by a woman with good, honourable, Old Labour qualifications."
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.40% 14.99% 36.01
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.69% 2.49% 27.77
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.65% 4.43% 59.92
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.93% 7.27% 95.32
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.06% 2.56% 275.36
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.54% 2.04% 75.49
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.43% 3.94% 36.34
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.22% 13.04% 24.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.54% 12.70% 35.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.76% 8.14% 70.76
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.66% 4.02% 16.49
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.64% 3.19% 239.87
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.29% 11.31% 170.51
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 18.48% 3.06% 603.59
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 14.57% 2.52% 578.68
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.12% 0.06% 188.37
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.25% 9.41% 130.13
5-10K 19.81% 16.63% 119.08
10-15K 17.95% 16.58% 108.27
15-20K 13.60% 13.58% 100.11
20-25K 9.77% 10.39% 93.99
25-30K 6.94% 7.77% 89.30
30-35K 4.96% 5.79% 85.57
35-40K 3.58% 4.33% 82.51
40-45K 2.61% 3.27% 79.90
45-50K 1.93% 2.48% 77.60
50-55K 1.44% 1.90% 75.51
55-60K 1.08% 1.47% 73.58
60-65K 0.83% 1.15% 71.75
65-70K 0.63% 0.91% 70.01
70-75K 0.49% 0.72% 68.34
75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 66.72
80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 65.15
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 63.62
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 62.13
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 60.69
100K + 0.70% 1.34% 52.03

Local Map of the constituency
Greenock & Inverclyde - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Greenock & Inverclyde - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.36%) SNP (1.27%)
Conservative (-  9.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.09%)
Liberal Democrat (3.92%)
Conservative (-  0.91%) Labour (-  3.63%) SNP (-  3.62%)
Con - 9.64%
Lab 8.36%
LD - 0.09%
SNP 1.27%
Con - 0.91%
Lab - 3.63%
LD 3.92%
SNP - 3.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Cairns
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.56%) 3,000 10.56%
Lab Labour (52.53%) 14,929 52.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.73%) 5,039 17.73%
SNP SNP (14.95%) 4,248 14.95%
Oth Other (4.23%) 1,203 4.23%
Maj Majority (34.80%) 9,890 34.80%
Turn Turnout (59.35%) 28,419 59.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Cairns
Labour hold
LD Chic Brodie 5,039 17.73%
L David Cairns 14,929 52.53%
C Alistair Haw 3,000 10.56%
SSP Davey Landels 1,203 4.23%
SNP Andrew Murie 4,248 14.95%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Norman Godman
Labour
Con Conservative (11.46%) 3,976 11.46%
Lab Labour (56.16%) 19,480 56.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.81%) 4,791 13.81%
SNP SNP (18.57%) 6,440 18.57%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (37.59%) 13,040 37.59%
Turn Turnout (71.05%) 34,687 71.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (21.10%) 8,081 21.10%
Lab Labour (47.80%) 18,319 47.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.90%) 5,324 13.90%
SNP SNP (17.30%) 6,621 17.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (26.70%) 10,238 26.70%
Turn Turnout (74.54%) 38,345 74.54%

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