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Ochil
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is one of the SNP's very best chances of a gain from Labour in industrial central Scotland, partly because this seat is the linear successor to the former Stirlingshire East and Clackmannan seat which George Reid held from 1974 to 1979. Reid is still active here, holding MP Martin O'Neill to a lead of just over 4,500 in 1997 and approaching within 1,400 votes of a first past the post seat here in the inaugural May 1999 Scottish Parliament elections. Reid did find a place in that Parliament through the top up system which ensured a greater degree of proportionality, and this time Ochil is being contested by the popular Clackmannan Council's leader Keith Brown, which may well not reduce the pressure on Labour and O'Neill one iota.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Martin O'Neill, Labour's most senior backbench Scottish MP, as chairman of the Trade & Industry Select Committee, was dropped as a frontbencher in 1995 on grounds of age. Burly and affable, he was born 1945 and educated at Trinity Academy, Edinburgh and, after five years as an insurance office clerk, attended Heriot Watt University and became a teacher. His time came in the Kinnock years as the Defence spokesman who braved the minefield involved in coaxing Labour away from unilateralism, and he has proved a hands-on loyalist under a Labour government, managing to deflect blame for major industrial closures of car plants and steelworks away from ministers. In a seat targeted by the SNP, they are running Clackmannanshire Councillor Keith Brown, a local government officer born in 1961 and educated at Dundee University.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.79% 14.99% 85.30
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.53% 2.13% 25.16
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.40% 2.49% 15.95
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.00% 4.43% 112.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.75% 7.27% 161.52
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.34% 2.56% 91.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.21% 2.04% 10.40
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.49% 3.94% 88.44
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.08% 13.04% 38.96
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.08% 12.70% 32.12
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.52% 8.14% 166.02
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.14% 4.02% 3.38
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.53% 3.19% 173.50
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.16% 11.31% 204.76
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.52% 3.06% 147.61
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.03% 2.52% 279.05
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.45% 0.06% 717.93
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.87% 9.41% 104.85
5-10K 17.15% 16.63% 103.09
10-15K 16.93% 16.58% 102.11
15-20K 13.80% 13.58% 101.56
20-25K 10.49% 10.39% 100.96
25-30K 7.78% 7.77% 100.12
30-35K 5.74% 5.79% 99.06
35-40K 4.24% 4.33% 97.83
40-45K 3.15% 3.27% 96.51
45-50K 2.36% 2.48% 95.16
50-55K 1.79% 1.90% 93.81
55-60K 1.36% 1.47% 92.50
60-65K 1.05% 1.15% 91.23
65-70K 0.82% 0.91% 90.01
70-75K 0.64% 0.72% 88.86
75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 87.76
80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 86.71
85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 85.72
90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 84.78
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 83.87
100K + 1.06% 1.34% 78.66

Local Map of the constituency
Ochil - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ochil - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.91%) SNP (8.28%)
Conservative (-  9.42%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.73%)
Labour (0.33%) Liberal Democrat (4.05%)
Conservative (-  2.58%) SNP (-  4.20%)
Con - 9.42%
Lab 1.91%
LD - 1.73%
SNP 8.28%
Con - 2.58%
Lab 0.33%
LD 4.05%
SNP - 4.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin O'Neill
Labour hold
Con Conservative (12.00%) 4,235 12.00%
Lab Labour (45.33%) 16,004 45.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.21%) 3,253 9.21%
SNP SNP (30.18%) 10,655 30.18%
Oth Other (3.27%) 1,156 3.27%
Maj Majority (15.15%) 5,349 15.15%
Turn Turnout (61.34%) 35,303 61.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin O'Neill
Labour hold
MR Flash Gordon Approaching 405 1.15%
SNP Keith Brown 10,655 30.18%
C Alasdair Campbell 4,235 12.00%
LD Paul Edie 3,253 9.21%
L Martin O'Neill 16,004 45.33%
SSP Pauline Thompson 751 2.13%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Martin O'Neill
Labour
Con Conservative (14.58%) 6,383 14.58%
Lab Labour (45.01%) 19,707 45.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.17%) 2,262 5.17%
SNP SNP (34.38%) 15,055 34.38%
Ref Referendum (0.48%) 210 0.48%
Oth Other (0.39%) 169 0.39%
Maj Majority (10.62%) 4,652 10.62%
Turn Turnout (77.40%) 43,786 77.40%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (24.00%) 10,367 24.00%
Lab Labour (43.10%) 18,620 43.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.90%) 2,984 6.90%
SNP SNP (26.10%) 11,270 26.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.00%) 7,350 17.00%
Turn Turnout (77.94%) 43,241 77.94%

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