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Hamilton North and Bellshill
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the phalanx of safe Labour seats in the heavily urbanised and industrialised belt of Central Scotland, this is the sort of seat which may well disappear in the boundary changes and will reduce the number of Scottish seats: now that they have their own Parliament, there is no justification at all for their smaller than average electorates (53,000 here). This looks like a collection of loose ends in any case. In spite of the name, virtually none of the town of Hamilton itself, but rather a number of medium sized communities, homogeneously working class and with more council tenants than owner-occupiers, such as Bothwell, Uddingston, Mossend, Viewpark, Orbiston, Birkenshaw, New Stevenston, Holytown, Newarthill and Bellshill itself, the home town of someone who shot across the skies of Britain like a comet in 1980 before finding a new home and a new accent in Las Vegas: Sheena Easton.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr John Reid, Northern Ireland Secretary after Mandelson's exit, is in his fourth government post since 1997. A combative debater, well-versed in the political arts, he has shown himself a deft spokesman for the government, especially whilst in the time-on-his-hands small post-devolution job of Scottish Secretary. Born 1947, the first Catholic to be sent to the Ulster salt mines, he says of his school, St. Patrick's (RC) Secondary, Coatbridge, which also produced the Labour MPs Helen Liddell and Michael Connarty: "It doesn't quite beat Eton, but we are ahead of Fettes." His doctorate is in economic history from Stirling University. When Mandelson got the Northern Ireland job Reid said of the Unionists, "They got the gay." Well, now they've got the Catholic. Of combative bent, he has rejected as "unbalanced theorising" the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner's report on his alleged misuse of parliamentary researchers for Labour Party work and alleged threatening of witnesses involved.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.55% 14.99% 37.03
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.56% 2.49% 22.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.07% 4.43% 159.75
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.29% 7.27% 155.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.68% 2.56% 143.45
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.63% 2.04% 30.69
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.24% 3.94% 31.55
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.30% 13.04% 9.97
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.37% 12.70% 18.69
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.03% 8.14% 61.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.53% 4.02% 13.17
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.57% 3.19% 80.65
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 40.07% 11.31% 354.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.87% 3.06% 224.21
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 11.24% 2.52% 446.42
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 9.84% 9.41% 104.51
5-10K 16.79% 16.63% 100.97
10-15K 16.55% 16.58% 99.81
15-20K 13.62% 13.58% 100.24
20-25K 10.51% 10.39% 101.15
25-30K 7.92% 7.77% 101.91
30-35K 5.92% 5.79% 102.21
35-40K 4.42% 4.33% 101.98
40-45K 3.31% 3.27% 101.25
45-50K 2.48% 2.48% 100.10
50-55K 1.88% 1.90% 98.62
55-60K 1.43% 1.47% 96.91
60-65K 1.09% 1.15% 95.03
65-70K 0.84% 0.91% 93.05
70-75K 0.65% 0.72% 91.02
75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.97
80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 86.94
85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 84.94
90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 82.99
95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 81.10
100K + 0.95% 1.34% 70.40

Local Map of the constituency
Hamilton North and Bellshill - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hamilton North and Bellshill - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.71%)
Conservative (-  4.82%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.74%) SNP (-  0.61%)
Liberal Democrat (2.70%)
Conservative (-  1.67%) Labour (-  2.22%) SNP (-  1.91%)
Con - 4.82%
Lab 5.71%
LD - 1.74%
SNP - 0.61%
Con - 1.67%
Lab - 2.22%
LD 2.70%
SNP - 1.91%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Reid
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.71%) 2,649 8.71%
Lab Labour (61.79%) 18,786 61.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.76%) 2,360 7.76%
SNP SNP (17.19%) 5,225 17.19%
Oth Other (4.55%) 1,384 4.55%
Maj Majority (44.60%) 13,561 44.60%
Turn Turnout (56.79%) 30,404 56.79%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Reid
Labour hold
SSP Shareen Blackall 1,189 3.91%
C Bill Frain 2,649 8.71%
LD Keith Legg 2,360 7.76%
SL Steve Mayes 195 0.64%
L John Reid 18,786 61.79%
SNP Chris Stephens 5,225 17.19%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Reid
Labour
Con Conservative (10.38%) 3,944 10.38%
Lab Labour (64.01%) 24,322 64.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.06%) 1,924 5.06%
SNP SNP (19.09%) 7,255 19.09%
Ref Referendum (1.46%) 554 1.46%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (44.91%) 17,067 44.91%
Turn Turnout (70.88%) 37,999 70.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (15.20%) 6,115 15.20%
Lab Labour (58.30%) 23,422 58.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.80%) 2,715 6.80%
SNP SNP (19.70%) 7,932 19.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (38.50%) 15,490 38.50%
Turn Turnout (76.12%) 40,184 76.12%

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