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Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Kilmarnock and Loudoun produced one of the three best SNP results in industrial Scotland in 1997. Along with Glasgow Govan and Ochil, it saw the nationalist share of the vote surpass 30pc. Their candidate was already a leading figure in the party, and Alex Neil went on contest the leadership of the SNP unsuccessfully against the North Tayside MP and MSP John Swinney. He was generally cast as the Left wing candidate, but that may have been simplistic. Perhaps some observers assumed this because he contested a west central industrial seat against Labour, rather than a rural constituency against mainly Conservative opposition, like Swinney. Kilmarnock and Loudoun is certainly industrial and majority working class, with nearly as many households in council as private ownership. It is known for the production and bottling of Johnnie Walker whisky, of course, but this is only one high profile area. This is also the setting for the fictional Graithnock in William McIlvanney's crime novels and short stories on social themes.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Desmond Browne was shoe-horned into this seat at the last minute in 1997 as a Dewar-linked lawyer and Blairite replacement for leftwinger Willie McKelvey. Orthodox in his support for Labour's devolution settlement, he was born locally, in 1952, and educated at St. Michael's (RC) Academy, Kilwinning, and at Glasgow University. His career at the Bar eclipsed by his move to Westminster, and rising 50, it is hard to see him making much advance on his current small job as PPS to Northern Ireland Minister, Adam Ingram.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.62% 14.99% 44.13
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.74% 2.13% 34.61
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.13% 2.49% 5.22
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.81% 4.43% 86.07
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.00% 7.27% 151.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.35% 2.56% 169.69
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.33% 2.04% 16.17
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.88% 3.94% 22.27
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.83% 13.04% 37.03
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.64% 12.70% 44.44
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.80% 8.14% 95.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.46% 4.02% 11.40
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 9.13% 3.19% 286.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 29.87% 11.31% 264.11
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 7.66% 3.06% 250.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.76% 2.52% 268.29
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 12.09% 9.41% 128.43
5-10K 20.07% 16.63% 120.64
10-15K 18.49% 16.58% 111.54
15-20K 14.00% 13.58% 103.10
20-25K 9.95% 10.39% 95.77
25-30K 6.96% 7.77% 89.49
30-35K 4.87% 5.79% 84.13
35-40K 3.45% 4.33% 79.53
40-45K 2.47% 3.27% 75.55
45-50K 1.79% 2.48% 72.08
50-55K 1.31% 1.90% 69.04
55-60K 0.98% 1.47% 66.35
60-65K 0.74% 1.15% 63.96
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 61.82
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.88
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 58.12
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.52
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 55.05
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 53.69
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 52.43
100K + 0.62% 1.34% 46.25

Local Map of the constituency
Kilmarnock & Loudoun - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Kilmarnock & Loudoun - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.02%) SNP (3.82%)
Conservative (-  8.19%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.51%)
Labour (3.08%) Liberal Democrat (4.45%)
Conservative (-  0.34%) SNP (-  9.05%)
Con - 8.19%
Lab 5.02%
LD - 1.51%
SNP 3.82%
Con - 0.34%
Lab 3.08%
LD 4.45%
SNP - 9.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Desmond Browne
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.47%) 3,943 10.47%
Lab Labour (52.90%) 19,926 52.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.43%) 3,177 8.43%
SNP SNP (25.47%) 9,592 25.47%
Oth Other (2.73%) 1,027 2.73%
Maj Majority (27.44%) 10,334 27.44%
Turn Turnout (61.70%) 37,665 61.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Desmond Browne
Labour hold
SNP John Brady 9,592 25.47%
L Desmond Browne 19,926 52.90%
SSP Jason Muir 1,027 2.73%
C Donald Reece 3,943 10.47%
LD John Stewart 3,177 8.43%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Desmond Brown
Labour
Con Conservative (10.81%) 5,125 10.81%
Lab Labour (49.82%) 23,621 49.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (3.99%) 1,891 3.99%
SNP SNP (34.52%) 16,365 34.52%
Ref Referendum (0.60%) 284 0.60%
Oth Other (0.26%) 123 0.26%
Maj Majority (15.31%) 7,256 15.31%
Turn Turnout (77.24%) 47,409 77.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (19.00%) 9,438 19.00%
Lab Labour (44.80%) 22,210 44.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.50%) 2,722 5.50%
SNP SNP (30.70%) 15,231 30.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.10%) 6,979 14.10%
Turn Turnout (79.01%) 49,601 79.01%

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