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Aberdeen South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats reaped the reward for their consistent support of devolution in Scotland in 1999, when they entered a coalition government after returning 11 members of the Scottish Parliament, two more than they sent to Westminster in 1997. One of these "gains" was due to the splitting into two of their long-term Orkney and Shetland stronghold, but the other came in Aberdeen South, where the former (1991-2) MP for Kincardine and Deeside Nicol Stephen beat the Labour candidate in the single-member seat by 33pc to 28pc, with the Tories slipping to a poor third. It looks as if this will form one of the few Labour-LD marginals in the whole of Britain at the next general election. Nor should the Conservatives be permanently written off: the constituency contains some middle class areas in south Aberdeen and inland along the Dee. The Liberal Democrats are not expected to make net gains in the June 2001 general election, but the hard evidence is that if they pull off only one fresh triumph, this will be it: that would almost certainly be the first change of hands in the alphabetical order of seats, but scarcely a typical gain.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Anne Begg, a former teacher, born in 1955 and educated at Brechin High School and Aberdeen University, was elected in 1997. Toothy, small and wheelchair-bound as a victim of a degenerative brittle bone disease, she angered other disabled people by advising them to work rather than rely on benefits (though later campaigned for embryonic stem cell research into degenerative diseases), before spending a year as a Blairite on Labourís NEC. She faces a strong challenge not from the Tories, but from the Lib Dems in the shape of their leading Scottish activist Ian Yuill, a local councillor since 1995, locally born (1964), bred and educated (at Robert Gordonís College and Robert Gordonís Institute of Technology) and Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats since 1999. He could give Labour a fright in his partyís number one target seat in Scotland, in a local campaign that will run counter to the grain of national Lab-Lib anti-Tory tactical voting.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.14% 14.99% 140.99
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.44
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.09% 2.49% 43.76
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.04% 4.43% 91.23
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.54% 7.27% 48.62
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 9.14% 2.56% 356.47
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 5.60% 2.04% 274.57
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 13.64% 3.94% 345.82
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.51% 13.04% 65.27
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.29% 12.70% 25.92
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.84% 8.14% 71.77
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.32% 4.02% 7.95
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.62% 3.19% 82.20
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 12.48% 11.31% 110.33
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.29% 3.06% 205.54
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.45% 2.52% 97.17
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 6.87% 9.41% 72.97
£5-10K 13.33% 16.63% 80.13
£10-15K 14.58% 16.58% 87.94
£15-20K 13.03% 13.58% 95.91
£20-25K 10.75% 10.39% 103.40
£25-30K 8.56% 7.77% 110.12
£30-35K 6.72% 5.79% 116.02
£35-40K 5.25% 4.33% 121.16
£40-45K 4.10% 3.27% 125.66
£45-50K 3.22% 2.48% 129.61
£50-55K 2.54% 1.90% 133.11
£55-60K 2.01% 1.47% 136.24
£60-65K 1.60% 1.15% 139.06
£65-70K 1.28% 0.91% 141.61
£70-75K 1.04% 0.72% 143.93
£75-80K 0.84% 0.57% 146.04
£80-85K 0.68% 0.46% 147.96
£85-90K 0.56% 0.37% 149.72
£90-95K 0.46% 0.31% 151.33
£95-100K 0.38% 0.25% 152.79
£100K + 2.13% 1.34% 158.43

Local Map of the constituency
Aberdeen South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Aberdeen South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.37%) Liberal Democrat (0.93%)
Conservative (- 11.03%) SNP (-  2.34%)
Labour (4.57%) Liberal Democrat (0.31%) SNP (1.88%)
Conservative (-  7.13%)
Con - 11.03%
Lab 11.37%
LD 0.93%
SNP - 2.34%
Con - 7.13%
Lab 4.57%
LD 0.31%
SNP 1.88%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anne Begg
Labour hold
Con Conservative (19.24%) 7,098 19.24%
Lab Labour (39.84%) 14,696 39.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.94%) 10,308 27.94%
SNP SNP (11.64%) 4,293 11.64%
Oth Other (1.34%) 495 1.34%
Maj Majority (11.89%) 4,388 11.89%
Turn Turnout (62.62%) 36,890 62.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anne Begg
Labour hold
SNP Ian Angus 4,293 11.64%
L Anne Begg 14,696 39.84%
C Moray Macdonald 7,098 19.24%
SSP David Watt 495 1.34%
LD Ian Yuill 10,308 27.94%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Anne Begg
Labour gain
Con Conservative (26.37%) 11,621 26.37%
Lab Labour (35.27%) 15,541 35.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.63%) 12,176 27.63%
SNP SNP (9.76%) 4,299 9.76%
Ref Referendum (0.96%) 425 0.96%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (7.64%) 3,365 7.64%
Turn Turnout (72.84%) 44,062 72.84%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (37.40%) 16,487 37.40%
Lab Labour (23.90%) 10,545 23.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.70%) 11,762 26.70%
SNP SNP (12.10%) 5,336 12.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (10.70%) 4,725 10.70%
Turn Turnout (73.12%) 44,130 73.12%

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