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Paisley South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Following the by-election caused by Gordon McMaster's tragic death early in this Parliament, a future- and rapidly becoming a present- leader of the Scottish Labour party started his career in the Commons, and little is visible on the horizon to blow Douglas Alexander off course. Paisley's main industries have been thread mills, cars and engineering, but all have been blown off course in recent decades. There is nothing in the voting figures to remind us of another aspect of Paisley's past, the fact that this was once the seat of the Liberal leader and Prime Minister (1908-16), H.H.Asquith.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Douglas Alexander, a protégé of Gordon Brown, was elected here at a by-election following the suicide of Dr Gordon McMaster MP in 1997. Accused by Diane Abbott MP of "reciting the line of the day from Millbank", his Commons profile has been a good deal lower than his sister Wendy's in the Scottish Parliament where she serves as a Labour Minister. Born a son of the Manse, in 1967, and educated at Park Mains High School, Erskine, at Lester B. Pearson College, Vancouver and Edinburgh and Pennsylvania Universities, he was a solicitor for five years. Quiet for an allegedly rising star, he may also be slowed down by an English backlash against a surfeit of Caledonians in Whitehall post-devolution.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.71% 14.99% 24.74
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.20% 2.49% 7.87
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.79% 4.43% 85.58
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.74% 7.27% 120.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.36% 2.56% 287.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.40% 2.04% 19.68
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.36% 3.94% 135.80
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.43% 13.04% 26.34
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.44% 12.70% 42.79
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.17% 8.14% 51.15
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.50% 4.02% 12.49
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.79% 3.19% 213.28
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.16% 11.31% 204.76
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 14.74% 3.06% 481.41
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 12.22% 2.52% 485.01
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 11.26% 9.41% 119.62
5-10K 18.74% 16.63% 112.69
10-15K 17.67% 16.58% 106.57
15-20K 13.87% 13.58% 102.13
20-25K 10.24% 10.39% 98.57
25-30K 7.42% 7.77% 95.38
30-35K 5.35% 5.79% 92.33
35-40K 3.87% 4.33% 89.34
40-45K 2.82% 3.27% 86.39
45-50K 2.07% 2.48% 83.50
50-55K 1.54% 1.90% 80.68
55-60K 1.15% 1.47% 77.96
60-65K 0.87% 1.15% 75.35
65-70K 0.66% 0.91% 72.85
70-75K 0.51% 0.72% 70.47
75-80K 0.39% 0.57% 68.20
80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 66.06
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 64.02
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 62.09
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 60.25
100K + 0.68% 1.34% 50.53

Local Map of the constituency
Paisley South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Paisley South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.71%) Liberal Democrat (0.47%)
Conservative (-  6.73%) SNP (-  1.22%)
Labour (0.88%) Liberal Democrat (1.04%)
Conservative (-  1.13%) SNP (-  3.99%)
Con - 6.73%
Lab 6.71%
LD 0.47%
SNP - 1.22%
Con - 1.13%
Lab 0.88%
LD 1.04%
SNP - 3.99%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Douglas Alexander
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.54%) 2,301 7.54%
Lab Labour (58.39%) 17,830 58.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.41%) 3,178 10.41%
SNP SNP (19.39%) 5,920 19.39%
Oth Other (4.28%) 1,307 4.28%
Maj Majority (39.00%) 11,910 39.00%
Turn Turnout (57.24%) 30,536 57.24%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Douglas Alexander
Labour hold
L Douglas Alexander 17,830 58.39%
C Andrew Cossar 2,301 7.54%
SSP Frances Curran 835 2.73%
P Patricia Graham 346 1.13%
SNP Brian Lawson 5,920 19.39%
I Terence O'Donnell 126 0.41%
LD Brian O'Malley 3,178 10.41%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (6 November 1997)
Suicide of Gordon James McMaster 25 July 1997
Douglas Alexander
Labour
Con Conservative (7.01%) 1,643 7.01%
Lab Labour (44.15%) 10,346 44.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.02%) 2,582 11.02%
SNP SNP (32.49%) 7,615 32.49%
Oth Other (5.33%) 1,249 5.33%
Maj Majority (11.65%) 2,731 11.65%
Turn Turnout (42.94%) 23,435 42.94%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gordon McMaster
Labour
Con Conservative (8.67%) 3,237 8.67%
Lab Labour (57.51%) 21,482 57.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.37%) 3,500 9.37%
SNP SNP (23.38%) 8,732 23.38%
Ref Referendum (0.68%) 254 0.68%
Oth Other (0.39%) 146 0.39%
Maj Majority (34.14%) 12,750 34.14%
Turn Turnout (69.12%) 37,351 69.12%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (15.40%) 6,129 15.40%
Lab Labour (50.80%) 20,268 50.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.90%) 3,548 8.90%
SNP SNP (24.60%) 9,799 24.60%
Oth Other (0.40%) 150 0.40%
Maj Majority (26.20%) 10,469 26.20%
Turn Turnout (74.15%) 39,894 74.15%

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