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Renfrewshire West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
After the expulsion of Tommy Graham, the Labour MP elected in 1997 from his party, the apparently safe Labour seat of Renfrewshire West has seen elements of uncertainty encroach. It is most likely to pass to the new official Labour candidate James Sheridan. In the 1999 Scottish Parliament contest, for example, Labour held on by a perfectly average amount against the SNP. The Conservatives have a larger vote here than in most central Scotland seats, based on the substantial middle class presence in the desirable private residential areas of Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm in the Gryffe valley, and the expanding semi-rural ward of Houston. If this seat were in England, these elements would guarantee marginal status at least. On the other hand, in 1997 Labour was greatly helped by the arrival in boundary changes of the tough working class industrial town of Port Glasgow, on the mouth of the Clyde as its name implies.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jim Sheridan is Labour's new candidate here in place of Tommy Graham, who held the seat from 1987 but was expelled in 1998 after feuding inside the Labour Party in the Renfrewshire area and the allegedly linked suicide of Paisley South MP, Gordon McMaster. Labour's solution to this nasty internecine spat is to keep it local: Jim Sheridan, born 1952 and educated at St. Pius (RC) Secondary School, Glasgow, is a local Renfrewshire councillor (for Erskine) and Chairman of the West Renfrewshire CLP. A former material handler at Pilkington Optronics, he comes with (in his own words) "a long family history in the trade union and Labour movement", specifically with national prominence in the TGWU.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.98% 14.99% 73.21
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.15
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.53% 2.49% 21.42
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 15.62% 4.43% 353.02
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.15% 7.27% 194.50
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.36% 2.56% 52.86
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.80% 2.04% 39.37
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.98% 3.94% 24.97
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.25% 13.04% 32.58
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.93% 12.70% 86.03
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.99% 8.14% 49.04
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.60% 4.02% 39.88
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.63% 3.19% 176.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.92% 11.31% 149.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.59% 3.06% 215.37
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.65% 2.52% 224.50
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 7.66% 9.41% 81.41
5-10K 13.48% 16.63% 81.03
10-15K 14.21% 16.58% 85.73
15-20K 12.63% 13.58% 92.99
20-25K 10.51% 10.39% 101.17
25-30K 8.49% 7.77% 109.26
30-35K 6.76% 5.79% 116.72
35-40K 5.34% 4.33% 123.28
40-45K 4.21% 3.27% 128.85
45-50K 3.31% 2.48% 133.42
50-55K 2.61% 1.90% 137.07
55-60K 2.06% 1.47% 139.86
60-65K 1.63% 1.15% 141.91
65-70K 1.30% 0.91% 143.31
70-75K 1.04% 0.72% 144.16
75-80K 0.83% 0.57% 144.53
80-85K 0.67% 0.46% 144.49
85-90K 0.54% 0.37% 144.13
90-95K 0.44% 0.31% 143.48
95-100K 0.36% 0.25% 142.61
100K + 1.78% 1.34% 132.24

Local Map of the constituency
Renfrewshire West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Renfrewshire West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.66%) SNP (5.91%)
Conservative (-  9.23%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.75%)
Labour (0.37%) Liberal Democrat (4.84%)
Conservative (-  2.08%) SNP (-  5.18%)
Con - 9.23%
Lab 3.66%
LD - 0.75%
SNP 5.91%
Con - 2.08%
Lab 0.37%
LD 4.84%
SNP - 5.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Sheridan
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.49%) 5,522 16.49%
Lab Labour (46.93%) 15,720 46.93%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.49%) 4,185 12.49%
SNP SNP (21.33%) 7,145 21.33%
Oth Other (2.76%) 925 2.76%
Maj Majority (25.60%) 8,575 25.60%
Turn Turnout (63.33%) 33,497 63.33%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Sheridan
Labour hold
LD Clare Hamblen 4,185 12.49%
SSP Arlene Nunnery 925 2.76%
SNP Carol Puthucheary 7,145 21.33%
C David Sharpe 5,522 16.49%
L James Sheridan 15,720 46.93%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Thomas Graham
Labour
Con Conservative (18.57%) 7,387 18.57%
Lab Labour (46.56%) 18,525 46.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.65%) 3,045 7.65%
SNP SNP (26.51%) 10,546 26.51%
Ref Referendum (0.71%) 283 0.71%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (20.05%) 7,979 20.05%
Turn Turnout (76.00%) 39,786 76.00%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (27.80%) 11,128 27.80%
Lab Labour (42.90%) 17,174 42.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.40%) 3,375 8.40%
SNP SNP (20.60%) 8,258 20.60%
Oth Other (0.30%) 129 0.30%
Maj Majority (15.10%) 6,046 15.10%
Turn Turnout (77.29%) 40,064 77.29%

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