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Roxburgh & Berwickshire
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
That part of David Steel's original seat (Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles) that he didn't stay with when the Scottish Borders divisions were redrawn in 1983 has now shown that it can elect other Liberal Democrats in both Westminster (Archy Kirkwood) and Holyrood (Euan Robson) parliaments. What is more, the seat is now safer than the one Steel did choose (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Archy Kirkwood, unusually a Liberal Democrat MP from a Labour-voting working class background, and who initially himself had Labour affiliations, was elected here in 1983. Born 1946 and educated at Cranhill Senior Secondary School, Glasgow and Heriot Watt University, he worked as a solicitor at Hawick in David Steel's Borders constituency until inheriting this part of it. A specialist on social security policy, now retreated into the non-partisan realm of select committee chairmanship, he was for five years his Party's Chief Whip. Somewhat cadaverous-looking, he votes with the countryside lobby against fox hunting bans.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.71% 14.99% 24.76
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 14.16% 2.13% 665.95
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.23% 2.49% 49.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.76% 7.27% 37.91
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 0.36% 3.94% 9.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.05% 13.04% 84.75
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.13% 12.70% 87.59
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.37% 8.14% 151.90
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.75% 4.02% 43.51
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 11.78% 3.19% 369.84
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 21.03% 11.31% 185.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.59% 3.06% 215.06
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.09% 2.52% 83.11
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 10.37% 9.41% 110.16
5-10K 19.92% 16.63% 119.75
10-15K 19.31% 16.58% 116.50
15-20K 14.80% 13.58% 108.97
20-25K 10.46% 10.39% 100.64
25-30K 7.21% 7.77% 92.78
30-35K 4.97% 5.79% 85.77
35-40K 3.45% 4.33% 79.66
40-45K 2.43% 3.27% 74.39
45-50K 1.73% 2.48% 69.85
50-55K 1.26% 1.90% 65.93
55-60K 0.92% 1.47% 62.54
60-65K 0.69% 1.15% 59.61
65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 57.05
70-75K 0.39% 0.72% 54.82
75-80K 0.30% 0.57% 52.85
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.13
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 49.60
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.24
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.03
100K + 0.57% 1.34% 42.07

Local Map of the constituency
Roxburgh & Berwickshire - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Roxburgh & Berwickshire - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.16%) Liberal Democrat (0.00%) SNP (0.73%)
Conservative (- 10.33%)
Labour (0.66%) Liberal Democrat (2.27%)
Conservative (-  1.18%) SNP (-  1.59%)
Con - 10.33%
Lab 6.16%
LD 0.00%
SNP 0.73%
Con - 1.18%
Lab 0.66%
LD 2.27%
SNP - 1.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Archy Kirkwood
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (22.69%) 6,533 22.69%
Lab Labour (15.62%) 4,498 15.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.77%) 14,044 48.77%
SNP SNP (9.74%) 2,806 9.74%
Oth Other (3.18%) 916 3.18%
Maj Majority (26.08%) 7,511 26.08%
Turn Turnout (61.19%) 28,797 61.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Archy Kirkwood
Liberal Democrat hold
SNP Roderick Campbell 2,806 9.74%
LD Archy Kirkwood 14,044 48.77%
L Catherine Maxwell-Stuart 4,498 15.62%
SSP Amanda Millar 463 1.61%
UK Peter Neilson 453 1.57%
C George Turnball 6,533 22.69%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Archy Kirkwood
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (23.87%) 8,337 23.87%
Lab Labour (14.96%) 5,226 14.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (46.50%) 16,243 46.50%
SNP SNP (11.33%) 3,959 11.33%
Ref Referendum (2.64%) 922 2.64%
Oth Other (0.70%) 244 0.70%
Maj Majority (22.63%) 7,906 22.63%
Turn Turnout (73.91%) 34,931 73.91%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (34.20%) 12,354 34.20%
Lab Labour (8.80%) 3,167 8.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (46.50%) 16,807 46.50%
SNP SNP (10.60%) 3,844 10.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (12.30%) 4,453 12.30%
Turn Turnout (76.85%) 36,172 76.85%

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