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Livingston
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Foreign Secretary's job takes him around the world in his nation's interest. Back home is an unglamorous constituency, the New Town of Livingston, designated as such in 1962, and despite the assertions of a consistently misspelt Guardian feature in April 2001 not named after the explorer David Livingstone. Livingston without the "e" has a relatively high level of social problems including recourse to mental health services and poorer housing than New Towns in say the south east of England. The SNP are clearly second, but as in so many parts of Scotland, they do not do quite well enough to challenge Labour for victory at present. Robin Cook can in all probability rest assured that his base will not cause him additional headaches as he strives to solve the problems of the rest of the wide world.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Robin Cook, after being Foreign Secretary for four years, and confirming that the Special Relationship is in the safe hands of a former unilateralist, would seem hard to reshuffle in a new Blair Government, and even harder in a Government led by his longtime fellow Scots adversary Gordon Brown. Born 1946 and educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Royal High School, Edinburgh and Edinburgh University, he was elected at the age of 28 in 1974 and advanced as a soft left-winger who backed unilateralism, opposed devolution and, under Blair, initially resisted the Clause Four re-write. A resistantly-bearded ambitious loner without obvious charm, but for his highly public and messy dropping of his wife, he might have had the eventual option of being Prime Minister of Scotland.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.26% 14.99% 15.04
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 15.21% 4.43% 343.66
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.55% 7.27% 172.52
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.77% 2.56% 108.04
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.22% 3.94% 5.65
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.31% 13.04% 2.41
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.72% 12.70% 76.51
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.00% 8.14% 49.08
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.51% 3.19% 110.31
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 43.84% 11.31% 387.63
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.46% 3.06% 80.39
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.15% 2.52% 124.89
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 7.47% 9.41% 79.38
5-10K 15.86% 16.63% 95.33
10-15K 17.08% 16.58% 103.04
15-20K 14.52% 13.58% 106.87
20-25K 11.28% 10.39% 108.54
25-30K 8.46% 7.77% 108.84
30-35K 6.26% 5.79% 108.16
35-40K 4.63% 4.33% 106.75
40-45K 3.42% 3.27% 104.77
45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.36
50-55K 1.90% 1.90% 99.63
55-60K 1.43% 1.47% 96.68
60-65K 1.08% 1.15% 93.57
65-70K 0.82% 0.91% 90.38
70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 87.16
75-80K 0.48% 0.57% 83.95
80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 80.77
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 77.65
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 74.62
95-100K 0.18% 0.25% 71.68
100K + 0.75% 1.34% 55.62

Local Map of the constituency
Livingston - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Livingston - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.09%) SNP (1.56%)
Conservative (-  8.70%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.39%)
Liberal Democrat (4.30%)
Conservative (-  1.09%) Labour (-  1.86%) SNP (-  3.89%)
Con - 8.70%
Lab 9.09%
LD - 2.39%
SNP 1.56%
Con - 1.09%
Lab - 1.86%
LD 4.30%
SNP - 3.89%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robin Cook
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.31%) 2,995 8.31%
Lab Labour (53.03%) 19,108 53.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.01%) 3,969 11.01%
SNP SNP (23.57%) 8,492 23.57%
Oth Other (4.08%) 1,469 4.08%
Maj Majority (29.46%) 10,616 29.46%
Turn Turnout (55.56%) 36,033 55.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robin Cook
Labour hold
L Robin Cook 19,108 53.03%
UK Robert Kingdon 359 1.00%
LD Gordon Mackenzie 3,969 11.01%
SSP Wendy Milne 1,110 3.08%
C Ian Mowat 2,995 8.31%
SNP Graham Sutherland 8,492 23.57%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robin Cook
Labour
Con Conservative (9.40%) 4,028 9.40%
Lab Labour (54.89%) 23,510 54.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.71%) 2,876 6.71%
SNP SNP (27.46%) 11,763 27.46%
Ref Referendum (1.04%) 444 1.04%
Oth Other (0.50%) 213 0.50%
Maj Majority (27.42%) 11,747 27.42%
Turn Turnout (71.04%) 42,834 71.04%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (18.10%) 7,689 18.10%
Lab Labour (45.80%) 19,461 45.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.10%) 3,857 9.10%
SNP SNP (25.90%) 11,013 25.90%
Oth Other (1.00%) 425 1.00%
Maj Majority (19.90%) 8,448 19.90%
Turn Turnout (73.10%) 42,445 73.10%

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