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Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat stretches from Royal Deeside around Braemar and Ballater in the west, through the prosperous little communities such as Banchory and Aboyne in Mid Deeside, to the former coastal county of Kincardine, which includes the port of Stonehaven, the new developments of Portleven and the farmland of the Mearns. The predominant tradition is Conservative, with Liberal incursions in bad times for the Tories, such as the 1966 general election in Aberdeenshire West and the 1991 by-election in Kincardine and Deeside, and then in 1997 in this redrawn and united seat. The Conservative challenge in this marginal area provides a headache for first-term Liberal Democrat MP Sir Robert Smith, as they were only six per cent behind in the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999, which was also neither the best of times or circumstances for the predominantly anti-devolution Scottish Tories. This is probably the most vulnerable Lib Dem seat north of the border.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Big, affable, diffident Sir Robert Smith, born 1958, educated at Merchant Taylors, Northwood, and Aberdeen University, a local farmer and baronet, is a Lib Dem MP with usefully dispersed political antecedants. He is a former leading local figure in the SDP, but his grandfather, the first baronet, was the local Conservative MP between the Wars, and the late Alick Buchanan-Smith, Tory MP for Kincardine until 1991 was a distant cousin. These Conservative roots mingle well with his own cautious votes on gun control and hunting while his urban colleagues vote the more politically correct ticket. He reflects the fact that in Scotland the Liberal Democrats partly double-up as an acceptable version of the Tory party. The actual Conservative challenger here will by Tom Kerr, born 1947, educated at Linlithgow Academy, currently a self-employed marine surveyor and consultant, formerly a BP marine engineer, and a West Lothian District councillor from 1992.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.83% 14.99% 125.61
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 11.21% 2.13% 527.25
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.33% 2.49% 53.47
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 14.40% 4.43% 325.39
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 16.22% 7.27% 223.05
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.56% 2.56% 61.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.23% 2.04% 11.33
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.82% 3.94% 20.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.69% 13.04% 74.35
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.60% 12.70% 20.47
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.33% 8.14% 102.29
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.12% 4.02% 27.73
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.05% 3.19% 64.43
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.54% 11.31% 84.32
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.51% 3.06% 49.38
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.41% 2.52% 16.29
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.13% 0.06% 214.80
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.30% 9.41% 56.30
5-10K 11.05% 16.63% 66.45
10-15K 13.26% 16.58% 79.98
15-20K 12.73% 13.58% 93.71
20-25K 11.07% 10.39% 106.47
25-30K 9.16% 7.77% 117.83
30-35K 7.40% 5.79% 127.69
35-40K 5.90% 4.33% 136.12
40-45K 4.68% 3.27% 143.27
45-50K 3.71% 2.48% 149.28
50-55K 2.94% 1.90% 154.32
55-60K 2.34% 1.47% 158.52
60-65K 1.87% 1.15% 162.02
65-70K 1.49% 0.91% 164.90
70-75K 1.20% 0.72% 167.26
75-80K 0.97% 0.57% 169.19
80-85K 0.79% 0.46% 170.73
85-90K 0.64% 0.37% 171.96
90-95K 0.53% 0.31% 172.90
95-100K 0.43% 0.25% 173.60
100K + 2.31% 1.34% 172.19

Local Map of the constituency
Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (2.28%) Liberal Democrat (6.38%) SNP (0.56%)
Conservative (- 10.18%)
Conservative (0.64%) Labour (5.12%) Liberal Democrat (9.15%)
SNP (- 13.06%)
Con - 10.18%
Lab 2.28%
LD 6.38%
SNP 0.56%
Con 0.64%
Lab 5.12%
LD 9.15%
SNP - 13.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Smith
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (35.56%) 11,686 35.56%
Lab Labour (14.21%) 4,669 14.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (50.23%) 16,507 50.23%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.67%) 4,821 14.67%
Turn Turnout (53.71%) 32,862 53.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Smith
Liberal Democrat hold
L Kevin Hutchens 4,669 14.21%
C Tom Kerr 11,686 35.56%
LD Robert Smith 16,507 50.23%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Smith
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (34.92%) 15,080 34.92%
Lab Labour (9.08%) 3,923 9.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (41.08%) 17,742 41.08%
SNP SNP (13.06%) 5,639 13.06%
Ref Referendum (1.86%) 805 1.86%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (6.16%) 2,662 6.16%
Turn Turnout (73.05%) 43,189 73.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.10%) 19,123 45.10%
Lab Labour (6.80%) 2,886 6.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.70%) 14,686 34.70%
SNP SNP (12.50%) 5,280 12.50%
Oth Other (0.90%) 381 0.90%
Maj Majority (10.50%) 4,437 10.50%
Turn Turnout (76.88%) 42,356 76.88%

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