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Motherwell & Wishaw
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The fortunes of this seat may have risen and fallen with the fate of the vast Ravenscraig steel works, but its politics have remained fairly constantly faithfully Labour, and the SNP have recently failed to approach closer than the gap of 5,000 they achieved in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections, even though this seat has almost the highest proportion of Scottish born residents (96pc), a figure exceeded only fractionally only in three other seats (Airdrie and Shotts; Glasgow Shettleston; Glasgow Baillieston) and even though it was once won narrowly in the distant past (1945) in a by-election and held for a very few months by Robert McIntyre.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Frank Roy, a local-born and locally Catholic-educated steel worker with a minimal mouth-encircling beard, who worked as a barman while studying at Glasgow Caledonian University after being made redundant, and then as bag-carrier for Labour MP Helen Liddell, was elected here in 1997. His profile was low until he was criticised for betting on the election of the Glaswegian Speaker Michael Martin, and then provoking the odder tribal spat over advising Irish PM Ahern not to visit Motherwell to open a shrine to the victims of the Irish potato famine, in case it caused sectarian strife. As PPS to Scottish Secretary Helen Liddell and ex-PPS to Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid, both of whom Catholics, it was unclear if this was a ruse to reassure working class Protestants who might fall for the SNP’s Orange blandishments. But by then resigning as a PPS, he might also have reassured Ulster Catholics; sophisticated Caledonian footwork, if true.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.69% 14.99% 17.94
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.09% 2.49% 3.47
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.75% 4.43% 62.13
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.83% 7.27% 107.63
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.39% 2.56% 93.01
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.14% 3.94% 3.61
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.32% 13.04% 40.82
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.12% 12.70% 32.41
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.23% 8.14% 76.55
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.31% 4.02% 7.73
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 8.52% 3.19% 267.49
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.95% 11.31% 273.64
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 15.17% 3.06% 495.46
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 13.49% 2.52% 535.63
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 12.54% 9.41% 133.22
£5-10K 19.71% 16.63% 118.52
£10-15K 18.03% 16.58% 108.76
£15-20K 13.84% 13.58% 101.87
£20-25K 10.02% 10.39% 96.42
£25-30K 7.12% 7.77% 91.65
£30-35K 5.05% 5.79% 87.19
£35-40K 3.59% 4.33% 82.91
£40-45K 2.57% 3.27% 78.78
£45-50K 1.86% 2.48% 74.79
£50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 70.96
£55-60K 0.99% 1.47% 67.30
£60-65K 0.74% 1.15% 63.84
£65-70K 0.55% 0.91% 60.58
£70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 57.52
£75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 54.65
£80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.98
£85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 49.49
£90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 47.17
£95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 45.02
£100K + 0.47% 1.34% 34.87

Local Map of the constituency
Motherwell & Wishaw - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Motherwell & Wishaw - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (0.90%) Liberal Democrat (0.27%) SNP (1.07%)
Conservative (-  4.61%)
Liberal Democrat (3.04%)
Conservative (-  0.36%) Labour (-  1.19%) SNP (-  3.18%)
Con - 4.61%
Lab 0.90%
LD 0.27%
SNP 1.07%
Con - 0.36%
Lab - 1.19%
LD 3.04%
SNP - 3.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Frank Roy
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.63%) 3,155 10.63%
Lab Labour (56.22%) 16,681 56.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.41%) 2,791 9.41%
SNP SNP (19.29%) 5,725 19.29%
Oth Other (4.45%) 1,321 4.45%
Maj Majority (36.92%) 10,956 36.92%
Turn Turnout (56.61%) 29,673 56.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Frank Roy
Labour hold
LD Iain Brown 2,791 9.41%
SNP Jim McGuigan 5,725 19.29%
C Mark Nolan 3,155 10.63%
L Frank Roy 16,681 56.22%
SSP Stephen Smellie 1,260 4.25%
SL Claire Watt 61 0.21%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Frank Roy
Labour
Con Conservative (10.99%) 4,024 10.99%
Lab Labour (57.40%) 21,020 57.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.37%) 2,331 6.37%
SNP SNP (22.47%) 8,229 22.47%
Ref Referendum (0.60%) 218 0.60%
Oth Other (2.18%) 797 2.18%
Maj Majority (34.93%) 12,791 34.93%
Turn Turnout (70.08%) 36,619 70.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (15.60%) 6,264 15.60%
Lab Labour (56.50%) 22,691 56.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.10%) 2,433 6.10%
SNP SNP (21.40%) 8,601 21.40%
Oth Other (0.40%) 146 0.40%
Maj Majority (35.10%) 14,090 35.10%
Turn Turnout (75.33%) 40,135 75.33%

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