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Linlithgow
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Despite a history of SNP activity, largely stimulated by its long-standing MP's unionist scepticism, Linlithgow, the historic heart of West Lothian, will almost certainly remain safe for the eccentric and individual member since 1962, Tam Dalyell, who would therefore become the new Father of the House of Commons in succession to Sir Edward Heath. Just before Easter in April 2001 news broke of a threatened loss of 3,000 jobs at the American-owned Motorola mobile phone manufacturing plant at Bathgate, one of the gaggle of small working class towns set among the coal slag heaps (or in local parlance pit bings) which are far more typical of this constituency than its MP's stately pile, The Binns.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tam Dalyell (not aka Sir Tam Dalyell, tenth baronet, of the Binns, Linlithgow) was first elected in 1962, and so (if re-elected) becomes Father of the House, on the retirement of Sir Edward Heath. A ponderously-articulated eccentric who perceptively admits that to be effective you donít have to mind being a bore, he is known for his dogged campaigns, all worthy of display on his regimental standard: Belgrano, Lockerbie, Westland, the Gulf War, and the West Lothian Question - which beats Schleswig-Holstein as the one nobody bothers answering. He has rebelled against the Blair government on students' fees, incapacity benefits, legal aid cuts, freedom of information and air traffic control privatisation. Born 1932, the grandson and great-grandson of Bengal governors, he is one of Labourís two Old Etonians, followed in both cases by Trinity, Cambridge, wears ankle length trousers and walks with a shuffling gait.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.04% 14.99% 33.61
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.33% 2.13% 15.61
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.27% 2.49% 10.85
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.78% 4.43% 198.36
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.91% 7.27% 136.31
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.13% 2.56% 83.06
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.50% 2.04% 24.29
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.10% 3.94% 2.44
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.38% 13.04% 18.24
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.21% 12.70% 56.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.62% 8.14% 179.54
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 1.05
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.47% 3.19% 140.31
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 34.53% 11.31% 305.31
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.94% 3.06% 226.64
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.76% 2.52% 109.43
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 10.21% 9.41% 108.51
£5-10K 17.64% 16.63% 106.04
£10-15K 17.23% 16.58% 103.90
£15-20K 13.83% 13.58% 101.80
£20-25K 10.38% 10.39% 99.88
£25-30K 7.63% 7.77% 98.16
£30-35K 5.59% 5.79% 96.58
£35-40K 4.12% 4.33% 95.10
£40-45K 3.06% 3.27% 93.63
£45-50K 2.29% 2.48% 92.16
£50-55K 1.73% 1.90% 90.66
£55-60K 1.31% 1.47% 89.12
£60-65K 1.01% 1.15% 87.54
£65-70K 0.78% 0.91% 85.93
£70-75K 0.61% 0.72% 84.29
£75-80K 0.48% 0.57% 82.64
£80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 80.98
£85-90K 0.30% 0.37% 79.32
£90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 77.67
£95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 76.02
£100K + 0.88% 1.34% 65.55

Local Map of the constituency
Linlithgow - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Linlithgow - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.94%)
Conservative (-  1.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.02%) SNP (-  3.29%)
Labour (0.22%) Liberal Democrat (2.42%)
Conservative (-  3.56%) SNP (-  1.29%)
Con - 1.18%
Lab 4.94%
LD - 1.02%
SNP - 3.29%
Con - 3.56%
Lab 0.22%
LD 2.42%
SNP - 1.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tam Dalyell
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.96%) 2,836 8.96%
Lab Labour (54.36%) 17,207 54.36%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.30%) 2,628 8.30%
SNP SNP (25.52%) 8,078 25.52%
Oth Other (2.86%) 906 2.86%
Maj Majority (28.84%) 9,129 28.84%
Turn Turnout (57.98%) 31,655 57.98%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tam Dalyell
Labour hold
SSP Eddie Cornoch 695 2.20%
RRL Helen Cornoch 211 0.67%
L Tam Dalyell 17,207 54.36%
C Gordon Lindhurst 2,836 8.96%
LD Martin Oliver 2,628 8.30%
SNP Jim Sibbald 8,078 25.52%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tam Dalyell
Labour
Con Conservative (12.52%) 4,964 12.52%
Lab Labour (54.14%) 21,469 54.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.88%) 2,331 5.88%
SNP SNP (26.81%) 10,631 26.81%
Ref Referendum (0.65%) 259 0.65%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (27.33%) 10,838 27.33%
Turn Turnout (73.84%) 39,654 73.84%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (13.70%) 5,613 13.70%
Lab Labour (49.20%) 20,137 49.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.90%) 2,843 6.90%
SNP SNP (30.10%) 12,340 30.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (19.00%) 7,797 19.00%
Turn Turnout (77.14%) 40,933 77.14%

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