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Midlothian
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Not the whole of the county which historically contained Edinburgh, of course, but a chain of homogeneous working class ex-mining communities south of the capital, such as Loanhead, Bonnyrigg, Lasswade, Dalkeith, Gorebridge, and Newtongrange. The electorate is less than 49,000, which can scarcely be justified when the UK average is over 20,000 higher, and it is indeed the plan to reduce the Scottish representation to equality with the English, although that will also reduce the phalanx of Scottish Labour MPs. The issue of whether Scottish MPs at Westminster should be able to express a vote and influence on non-Scottish matters even then remains open - but that question is associated more with West Lothian than Midlothian.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
In replacing retiring miner Eric Clarke, Labour has come up - unbelievably - with another miner, notwithstanding the ending of the local mining industry with the closure of Monktonhall Colliery in 1997. Born 1950, and educated at Dalkeith High School, David Hamilton was a miner for 20 years until being unfairly dismissed during the 1984/5 strike, when he was Co-ordinating Chairman of 22 strike centres involving 3,500 miners in the Lothian coalfield. A local councillor since 1995, he has worked latterly in voluntary sector jobs involving the raising of EU funding for Midlothian, and the renovation of local council houses. His cv resonates here, if not in Islington.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.16% 14.99% 54.45
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.21% 2.13% 9.69
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.18% 2.49% 7.28
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.38% 4.43% 53.68
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.84% 7.27% 149.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.81% 2.56% 109.55
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.05% 2.04% 2.22
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.64% 3.94% 16.15
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.14% 13.04% 31.75
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.25% 12.70% 49.22
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.85% 8.14% 219.25
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.43% 4.02% 10.63
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.29% 3.19% 166.01
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 33.30% 11.31% 294.41
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.70% 3.06% 153.42
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.78% 2.52% 110.25
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 8.95% 9.41% 95.07
5-10K 17.23% 16.63% 103.59
10-15K 17.67% 16.58% 106.59
15-20K 14.51% 13.58% 106.79
20-25K 10.95% 10.39% 105.39
25-30K 8.01% 7.77% 103.07
30-35K 5.81% 5.79% 100.25
35-40K 4.21% 4.33% 97.16
40-45K 3.07% 3.27% 93.98
45-50K 2.25% 2.48% 90.78
50-55K 1.67% 1.90% 87.64
55-60K 1.25% 1.47% 84.60
60-65K 0.94% 1.15% 81.66
65-70K 0.71% 0.91% 78.86
70-75K 0.55% 0.72% 76.18
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.63
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.21
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 68.91
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 66.73
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 64.66
100K + 0.72% 1.34% 53.69

Local Map of the constituency
Midlothian - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Midlothian - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.31%) SNP (2.31%)
Conservative (-  6.70%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.82%)
Liberal Democrat (3.65%)
Conservative (-  1.33%) Labour (-  0.78%) SNP (-  4.16%)
Con - 6.70%
Lab 5.31%
LD - 0.82%
SNP 2.31%
Con - 1.33%
Lab - 0.78%
LD 3.65%
SNP - 4.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Hamilton
Labour hold
Con Conservative (9.57%) 2,748 9.57%
Lab Labour (52.73%) 15,145 52.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.83%) 3,686 12.83%
SNP SNP (21.34%) 6,131 21.34%
Oth Other (3.53%) 1,014 3.53%
Maj Majority (31.38%) 9,014 31.38%
Turn Turnout (59.07%) 28,724 59.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Hamilton
Labour hold
LD Jacqueline Bell 3,686 12.83%
SNP Ian Goldie 6,131 21.34%
SSP Bob Goupillot 837 2.91%
L David Hamilton 15,145 52.73%
P Terence Holden 177 0.62%
C Robin Traquir 2,748 9.57%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eric Clarke
Labour
Con Conservative (10.90%) 3,842 10.90%
Lab Labour (53.51%) 18,861 53.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.18%) 3,235 9.18%
SNP SNP (25.51%) 8,991 25.51%
Ref Referendum (0.91%) 320 0.91%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (28.00%) 9,870 28.00%
Turn Turnout (74.13%) 35,249 74.13%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (17.60%) 6,242 17.60%
Lab Labour (48.20%) 17,120 48.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.00%) 3,552 10.00%
SNP SNP (23.20%) 8,256 23.20%
Oth Other (1.10%) 377 1.10%
Maj Majority (24.90%) 8,864 24.90%
Turn Turnout (74.13%) 35,547 74.13%

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