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Hamilton South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The SNP ran Labour close in the by-election caused by George Robertson's double elevation to the House of Lords and the post of Secretary General of Nato in the second half of 1999, but it should be remembered that voters notoriously dislike contests triggered in midterm for what they may see as unnecessary elections (see for example how much better Labour did in defending Glasgow Anniesland following the death of Donald Dewar in late 2000). Labour had held on easily in the regularly scheduled Scottish parliament contest 1999 in Hamilton South in May, for example, and there is no reason to suppose that it will be particularly vulnerable at the next general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bill Tynan narrowly squeaked in as George Robertson's successor here in 1999. A safe pair of union hands, as a toolmaker (of 27 years)-turned-AEEU-political-officer for 11 years, he was born 1940, educated at St. Mungo's Academy, Glasgow and Stow College (where he trained as a mechanical engineer). Gnarled, dour-looking and austere, he loyally looks forward to fighting on the Blair government's economic record and backs his Union boss Sir Ken Jackson's Europhile stance.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.54% 14.99% 30.30
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.50% 4.43% 124.33
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 15.74% 7.27% 216.40
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.23% 2.56% 47.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.40% 3.94% 10.08
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.47% 13.04% 26.63
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.43% 12.70% 34.89
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.71% 8.14% 70.08
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.01% 4.02% 0.29
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.93% 3.19% 123.22
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 34.56% 11.31% 305.56
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 10.00% 3.06% 326.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 10.48% 2.52% 416.22
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 10.45% 9.41% 111.00
5-10K 17.93% 16.63% 107.78
10-15K 17.47% 16.58% 105.39
15-20K 14.07% 13.58% 103.56
20-25K 10.57% 10.39% 101.69
25-30K 7.74% 7.77% 99.51
30-35K 5.62% 5.79% 96.95
35-40K 4.08% 4.33% 94.08
40-45K 2.97% 3.27% 91.00
45-50K 2.18% 2.48% 87.82
50-55K 1.61% 1.90% 84.61
55-60K 1.20% 1.47% 81.45
60-65K 0.90% 1.15% 78.37
65-70K 0.68% 0.91% 75.42
70-75K 0.52% 0.72% 72.59
75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 69.92
80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 67.39
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 65.02
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 62.79
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 60.70
100K + 0.68% 1.34% 50.74

Local Map of the constituency
Hamilton South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hamilton South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.60%)
Conservative (-  7.46%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.48%) SNP (-  2.68%)
Liberal Democrat (3.78%) SNP (1.78%)
Conservative (-  1.62%) Labour (-  5.92%)
Con - 7.46%
Lab 8.60%
LD - 1.48%
SNP - 2.68%
Con - 1.62%
Lab - 5.92%
LD 3.78%
SNP 1.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bill Tynan
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.01%) 1,876 7.01%
Lab Labour (59.68%) 15,965 59.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.90%) 2,381 8.90%
SNP SNP (19.40%) 5,190 19.40%
Oth Other (5.00%) 1,338 5.00%
Maj Majority (40.28%) 10,775 40.28%
Turn Turnout (57.32%) 26,750 57.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bill Tynan
Labour hold
SSP Gena Mitchell 1,187 4.44%
UK Janice Murdoch 151 0.56%
LD John Oswald 2,381 8.90%
C Neil Richardson 1,876 7.01%
L Bill Tynan 15,965 59.68%
SNP John Wilson 5,190 19.40%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (23 September 1999)
Elevation of Rt Hon George Islay MacNeill Robertson to a Life Peerage - Lord Robertson of Port Ellen - 24 August 1999
Bill Tynan
Labour
Con Conservative (7.23%) 1,406 7.23%
Lab Labour (36.87%) 7,172 36.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (3.26%) 634 3.26%
SNP SNP (34.01%) 6,616 34.01%
Oth Other (18.64%) 3,626 18.64%
Maj Majority (2.86%) 556 2.86%
Turn Turnout (41.32%) 19,454 41.32%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
George Robertson
Labour
Con Conservative (8.64%) 2,858 8.64%
Lab Labour (65.60%) 21,709 65.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.12%) 1,693 5.12%
SNP SNP (17.62%) 5,831 17.62%
Ref Referendum (0.95%) 316 0.95%
Oth Other (2.07%) 684 2.07%
Maj Majority (47.98%) 15,878 47.98%
Turn Turnout (71.07%) 33,091 71.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (16.10%) 5,596 16.10%
Lab Labour (57.00%) 19,816 57.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.60%) 2,308 6.60%
SNP SNP (20.30%) 7,074 20.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (36.60%) 12,742 36.60%
Turn Turnout (74.25%) 34,794 74.25%

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