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Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Only in Scotland, surely, could one of the most middle class towns in the whole of Britain, Bearsden, lie in a safely Labour seat; and the Strathkelvin element of Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch is far from standard issue central Scotland working class either. Overall, 43pc of the working population here are in professional and managerial occupations and over 70pc employed in non-manual pursuits. The solid gritstone mansions of Bearsden could scarcely look less substantial, especially when contrasted with the peripheral Glasgow estate of Drumchapel in Anniesland constituency just a couple of miles away. Yet the Tories now seem to appear irredeemably English to the Scots, and far too left wing for a taste approving of state intervention even if not personally benefiting from it, as is the case here. Sam Galbraith always seemed an ideal MP here since he seized the seat from the Tories' Michael Hirst in 1987 - as a brain surgeon he counts as a public sector caring professional - and on his migration to the Scottish Parliament he held this seat with one of Labour's most comfortable majorities, to take a couple of senior positions on the Executive after its formation in 1999. The SNP finished a distant second and the Tories a still more distant third. Galbraith undoubtedly had a personal vote; but not enough for this gap to be made up.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Lyons, a UNISON officer, has replaced retiring Sam Galbraith. Born 1949 and educated at Woodside Secondary School, Glasgow, and Stirling University, he worked as a mechanical engineer from 1970 to 1988. Reflecting Labour's still important union links, he lists employment, and employment rights among his main interests.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 22.92% 14.99% 152.84
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.99% 2.49% 79.87
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.89% 4.43% 178.33
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 18.55% 7.27% 255.08
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.41% 2.56% 94.15
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.88% 2.04% 43.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.90% 3.94% 98.85
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.58% 13.04% 73.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.53% 12.70% 43.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.53% 8.14% 55.59
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.64% 4.02% 15.82
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.53% 3.19% 79.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.11% 11.31% 89.36
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.71% 3.06% 153.93
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.41% 2.52% 135.27
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.44% 2.10% 20.78
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.68% 9.41% 60.31
5-10K 11.87% 16.63% 71.36
10-15K 14.03% 16.58% 84.65
15-20K 13.34% 13.58% 98.22
20-25K 11.47% 10.39% 110.37
25-30K 9.35% 7.77% 120.31
30-35K 7.41% 5.79% 127.93
35-40K 5.78% 4.33% 133.48
40-45K 4.48% 3.27% 137.31
45-50K 3.47% 2.48% 139.77
50-55K 2.69% 1.90% 141.18
55-60K 2.09% 1.47% 141.78
60-65K 1.63% 1.15% 141.76
65-70K 1.28% 0.91% 141.27
70-75K 1.01% 0.72% 140.43
75-80K 0.80% 0.57% 139.31
80-85K 0.64% 0.46% 138.00
85-90K 0.51% 0.37% 136.53
90-95K 0.41% 0.31% 134.94
95-100K 0.33% 0.25% 133.27
100K + 1.62% 1.34% 120.46

Local Map of the constituency
Strathkelvin and Bearsden - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Strathkelvin and Bearsden - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.76%) Liberal Democrat (1.44%) SNP (3.42%)
Conservative (- 12.51%)
Liberal Democrat (8.42%)
Conservative (-  4.09%) Labour (-  6.46%) SNP (-  0.23%)
Con - 12.51%
Lab 6.76%
LD 1.44%
SNP 3.42%
Con - 4.09%
Lab - 6.46%
LD 8.42%
SNP - 0.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Lyons
Labour hold
Con Conservative (15.99%) 6,635 15.99%
Lab Labour (46.40%) 19,250 46.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.16%) 7,533 18.16%
SNP SNP (16.09%) 6,675 16.09%
Oth Other (3.36%) 1,393 3.36%
Maj Majority (28.24%) 11,717 28.24%
Turn Turnout (66.14%) 41,486 66.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Lyons
Labour hold
L John Lyons 19,250 46.40%
LD Gordon Macdonald 7,533 18.16%
C Murray Roxburgh 6,635 15.99%
SNP Calum Smith 6,675 16.09%
SSP Willie Telfer 1,393 3.36%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Sam Galbraith
Labour
Con Conservative (20.09%) 9,986 20.09%
Lab Labour (52.86%) 26,278 52.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.74%) 4,843 9.74%
SNP SNP (16.32%) 8,111 16.32%
Ref Referendum (0.68%) 339 0.68%
Oth Other (0.31%) 155 0.31%
Maj Majority (32.77%) 16,292 32.77%
Turn Turnout (79.07%) 49,712 79.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (32.60%) 16,710 32.60%
Lab Labour (46.10%) 23,658 46.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.30%) 4,252 8.30%
SNP SNP (12.90%) 6,621 12.90%
Oth Other (0.20%) 85 0.20%
Maj Majority (13.50%) 6,948 13.50%
Turn Turnout (80.85%) 51,326 80.85%

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