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Aberdeen North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Aberdeen's representation at Westminster was increased from two seats to three in the boundary changes that came into force in 1997. This involved bringing in extra voters previously in other constituencies, in the case of Aberdeen North from the private housing estates around Bridge of Don and Dyce which had burgeoned as a result of the oil boom a couple of decades ago. These were in Malcolm Bruce's Liberal Democrat Gordon seat, and generally less solidly and ancestrally Labour than the massive council estates such as Northfield and Mastrick typical of the old North. Like many other urban seats in Scotland, Aberdeen North showed a potential vulnerability to the Nationalists in the inaugural Scottish Parliament elections of May 1999, Labour polling only 37pc compared with 48pc in the General election two years before. The SNP were just 398 votes behind, only one per cent, on a lower than average 51pc turnout. However, it is very possible that the SNP will not do as well as in the forthcoming Westminster elections, to which they may not devote as much energy, and for which their representation may not seem quite so appropriate to the electors choosing a government for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Malcolm Savidge is in the exposed position of being one of five English-born Labour MPs in Scottish seats, potentially vulnerable to any post-devolution upsurge of Anglophobia stoked up by the SNP, especially after the very tight result in this seat in the Scottish Parliament election in 1999. Claiming descent from a medieval Commons Speaker, he was born in Surrey in 1946, attended Wallington County Grammar School for Boys and Aberdeen University, and spent 24 years as a Maths teacher in Aberdeen schools. A bespectacled, broad-grinning Blairite loyalist unkindly dubbed žone of the government's loyal nonentities' as the bowler of soft Prime Ministerial questions, he strongly backed the government on Iraq, Kosovo and Sierra Leone, but broke ranks to call for direct election of the Lords by PR.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.97% 14.99% 26.49
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.15% 2.49% 6.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.26% 4.43% 276.99
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.27% 7.27% 196.15
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.87% 2.56% 150.90
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.68% 3.94% 17.37
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.33% 13.04% 33.23
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.51% 12.70% 35.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.98% 8.14% 134.89
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.15% 4.02% 3.85
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.84% 3.19% 120.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.19% 11.31% 266.92
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.56% 3.06% 149.06
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.22% 2.52% 247.11
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 8.42% 9.41% 89.39
£5-10K 15.89% 16.63% 95.56
£10-15K 16.50% 16.58% 99.54
£15-20K 13.92% 13.58% 102.50
£20-25K 10.87% 10.39% 104.59
£25-30K 8.23% 7.77% 105.89
£30-35K 6.17% 5.79% 106.52
£35-40K 4.62% 4.33% 106.59
£40-45K 3.47% 3.27% 106.23
£45-50K 2.62% 2.48% 105.52
£50-55K 1.99% 1.90% 104.56
£55-60K 1.52% 1.47% 103.40
£60-65K 1.18% 1.15% 102.10
£65-70K 0.91% 0.91% 100.70
£70-75K 0.71% 0.72% 99.24
£75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 97.73
£80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 96.20
£85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 94.65
£90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 93.11
£95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 91.57
£100K + 1.10% 1.34% 81.48

Local Map of the constituency
Aberdeen North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Aberdeen North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.77%)
Conservative (-  3.60%) Liberal Democrat (-  9.69%) SNP (-  0.69%)
Liberal Democrat (2.33%) SNP (6.87%)
Conservative (-  4.96%) Labour (-  4.53%)
Con - 3.60%
Lab 12.77%
LD - 9.69%
SNP - 0.69%
Con - 4.96%
Lab - 4.53%
LD 2.33%
SNP 6.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Malcolm Savidge
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.04%) 3,047 10.04%
Lab Labour (43.34%) 13,157 43.34%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.44%) 4,991 16.44%
SNP SNP (28.69%) 8,708 28.69%
Oth Other (1.50%) 454 1.50%
Maj Majority (14.66%) 4,449 14.66%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 30,357 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Malcolm Savidge
Labour hold
SNP Alasdair Allan 8,708 28.69%
C Richard Cowling 3,047 10.04%
LD Jim Donaldson 4,991 16.44%
SSP Shona Forman 454 1.50%
L Malcolm Savidge 13,157 43.34%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Malcolm Savidge
Labour
Con Conservative (15.00%) 5,763 15.00%
Lab Labour (47.87%) 18,389 47.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.11%) 5,421 14.11%
SNP SNP (21.81%) 8,379 21.81%
Ref Referendum (1.21%) 463 1.21%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (26.06%) 10,010 26.06%
Turn Turnout (70.74%) 38,415 70.74%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (18.60%) 7,002 18.60%
Lab Labour (35.10%) 13,189 35.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.80%) 8,952 23.80%
SNP SNP (22.50%) 8,443 22.50%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.30%) 4,237 11.30%
Turn Turnout (69.68%) 37,586 69.68%

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