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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Orkney & Shetland
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This long-term Liberal stronghold has already been passed on at a general election once, from Jo Grimond to Jim Wallace in 1983, and on the latter's assumption of the important role of Liberal Democrat and junior coalition) leader in the Edinburgh Parliament, the task of holding the northernmost seat falls to Alistair Carmichael. All historical and common-sense arguments suggest that he can and will. This is far and away the Liberal (Democrat) seat with the longest, and safest, continuous representation. In its attitudes it is independent both of the United Kingdom as a whole and even of Scotland. It should not be forgotten that Lerwick, the Shetland capital, is 204 miles north of Aberdeen - and just 234 miles west of Bergen in Norway.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alistair Carmichael has followed the Scottish "deputy prime minister" Jim Wallace as the Liberal Democrat's candidate for this 50-year long stronghold. A chubby-faced, small-eyed solicitor, born 1965 and educated at Islay High School and Aberdeen University, he will be a veritable shoo-in in this traditional rural, small town and island seat, as an island hill farmer's son, married to a vet and who, as a solicitor and former deputy procurator fiscal, can more than reassure on the law and order flank. He will also benefit from his party's solid occupancy of the constituency's two Holyrood seats.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.25% 14.99% 35.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 35.34% 2.13% 1,662.23
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.93% 2.49% 37.38
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.82% 4.43% 131.47
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.39% 7.27% 19.15
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.46% 3.94% 37.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.86% 13.04% 129.32
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.67% 12.70% 52.52
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.77% 8.14% 95.43
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.12% 4.02% 52.69
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.33% 3.19% 104.68
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.52% 11.31% 101.82
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.09% 3.06% 2.86
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.45% 2.52% 57.47
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 8.71% 9.41% 92.56
5-10K 16.94% 16.63% 101.87
10-15K 17.59% 16.58% 106.12
15-20K 14.60% 13.58% 107.51
20-25K 11.12% 10.39% 106.95
25-30K 8.17% 7.77% 105.10
30-35K 5.93% 5.79% 102.42
35-40K 4.30% 4.33% 99.27
40-45K 3.13% 3.27% 95.86
45-50K 2.29% 2.48% 92.35
50-55K 1.69% 1.90% 88.86
55-60K 1.26% 1.47% 85.43
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.12
65-70K 0.72% 0.91% 78.95
70-75K 0.55% 0.72% 75.92
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.05
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 70.33
85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 67.75
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 65.32
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 63.02
100K + 0.69% 1.34% 51.20

Local Map of the constituency
Orkney & Shetland - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Orkney & Shetland - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Liberal Democrat (5.59%) SNP (1.50%)
Conservative (-  9.77%) Labour (-  1.53%)
Conservative (6.42%) Labour (2.31%) SNP (2.08%)
Liberal Democrat (- 10.64%)
Con - 9.77%
Lab - 1.53%
LD 5.59%
SNP 1.50%
Con 6.42%
Lab 2.31%
LD - 10.64%
SNP 2.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alistair Carmichael
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (18.65%) 3,121 18.65%
Lab Labour (20.58%) 3,444 20.58%
LD Liberal Democrat (41.35%) 6,919 41.35%
SNP SNP (14.78%) 2,473 14.78%
Oth Other (4.64%) 776 4.64%
Maj Majority (20.77%) 3,475 20.77%
Turn Turnout (52.44%) 16,733 52.44%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alistair Carmichael
Liberal Democrat hold
SSP Peter Andrews 776 4.64%
LD Alistair Carmichael 6,919 41.35%
C John Firth 3,121 18.65%
SNP John Mowat 2,473 14.78%
L Jim Wallace 3,444 20.58%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jim Wallace
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (12.23%) 2,527 12.23%
Lab Labour (18.27%) 3,775 18.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.99%) 10,743 51.99%
SNP SNP (12.70%) 2,624 12.70%
Ref Referendum (3.97%) 820 3.97%
Oth Other (0.85%) 176 0.85%
Maj Majority (33.72%) 6,968 33.72%
Turn Turnout (64.00%) 20,665 64.00%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (22.00%) 4,542 22.00%
Lab Labour (19.80%) 4,093 19.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (46.40%) 9,575 46.40%
SNP SNP (11.20%) 2,301 11.20%
Oth Other (0.60%) 115 0.60%
Maj Majority (24.40%) 5,033 24.40%
Turn Turnout (64.79%) 20,626 64.79%

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