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Airdrie & Shotts
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat is best known as the successor to Monklands East, held by the Labour leader John Smith until his sudden death in 1994. The subsequent by-election was won by Labour's Helen Liddell against the SNP by less than 5pc on a remarkably high 70pc turnout (the date was 30 June, so some potential voters must have been on holiday too). Yet this was the high-water mark of the SNP surge, as they fell back in both 1997 and in the Scottish Parliament elections of 1999 and Helen Liddell's now looks like one of the safest Labour seats in Scotland. This is no surprise, as according to the last available national Census (1991) Airdrie and Shotts has the highest percentage of council housing of any seat in Britain - 62.5pc - and this after the sell-offs of the 1980s. Local authority housing tenure is an even better predictor of Labour support than socio-economic class, and it has always been at its highest proportion in Scotland; 12 of the top 20 counci

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
The career of Labourís Helen Liddell, promoted to the Cabinet as Scottish Secretary in the wake of Peter Mandelsonís second going in January 2001, had been somewhat becalmed following her earlier failure to land the Scottish job. Variously dubbed ìa cross between Miss Jean Brodie and Luluî and ìStalinís Grannyî, she is a tough party apparatchik with a reputation as a hammer of the SNP, which ran her close in the Monklands by-election following the death of John Smith. Born 1950, educated at St Patrickís (RC) High School, Coatbridge and Strathclyde University, she ran the Scottish Labour Party for 11 years after lasting only one year as a correspondent on BBC Scotland, where they didnít like her strong Lanarkshire accent. Controversially she spent four years as Robert Maxwellís PR chief in Scotland, and wrote a bodice-ripping novel, Elite, in 1990.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.17% 14.99% 21.17
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.08% 2.13% 3.58
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.53% 4.43% 57.13
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.20% 7.27% 126.52
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.54% 2.56% 20.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.11% 3.94% 2.70
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.14% 13.04% 16.43
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.64% 12.70% 52.31
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.20% 8.14% 100.66
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.02% 4.02% 25.33
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.39% 3.19% 106.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 36.48% 11.31% 322.51
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 11.13% 3.06% 363.45
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 15.08% 2.52% 598.62
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.30% 0.06% 480.06
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.78% 9.41% 125.11
£5-10K 19.84% 16.63% 119.27
£10-15K 18.44% 16.58% 111.21
£15-20K 14.08% 13.58% 103.63
£20-25K 10.08% 10.39% 97.03
£25-30K 7.10% 7.77% 91.33
£30-35K 5.00% 5.79% 86.35
£35-40K 3.55% 4.33% 81.93
£40-45K 2.54% 3.27% 77.92
£45-50K 1.84% 2.48% 74.26
£50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 70.88
£55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 67.74
£60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 64.81
£65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 62.07
£70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.51
£75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 57.11
£80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 54.85
£85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 52.73
£90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 50.73
£95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 48.84
£100K + 0.53% 1.34% 39.18

Local Map of the constituency
Airdrie & Shotts - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Airdrie & Shotts - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
SNP (6.30%)
Conservative (-  6.01%) Labour (-  0.68%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.33%)
Liberal Democrat (3.31%)
Conservative (-  2.71%) Labour (-  3.60%) SNP (-  5.06%)
Con - 6.01%
Lab - 0.68%
LD - 0.33%
SNP 6.30%
Con - 2.71%
Lab - 3.60%
LD 3.31%
SNP - 5.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Helen Liddell
Labour hold
Con Conservative (6.18%) 1,960 6.18%
Lab Labour (58.22%) 18,478 58.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.49%) 2,376 7.49%
SNP SNP (19.34%) 6,138 19.34%
Oth Other (8.77%) 2,784 8.77%
Maj Majority (38.88%) 12,340 38.88%
Turn Turnout (54.39%) 31,736 54.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Helen Liddell
Labour hold
Scot U Mary Dempsey 1,439 4.53%
Soc Lab Chris Herriot 174 0.55%
L Helen Liddell 18,478 58.22%
SNP Alison Lindsay 6,138 19.34%
LD John Love 2,376 7.49%
SSP Kenny McGuigan 1,171 3.69%
C Gordon McIntosh 1,960 6.18%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Helen Liddell
Labour
Con Conservative (8.89%) 3,660 8.89%
Lab Labour (61.82%) 25,460 61.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (4.17%) 1,719 4.17%
SNP SNP (24.40%) 10,048 24.40%
Ref Referendum (0.71%) 294 0.71%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (37.43%) 15,412 37.43%
Turn Turnout (71.40%) 41,181 71.40%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (14.90%) 6,588 14.90%
Lab Labour (62.50%) 27,678 62.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (4.50%) 1,997 4.50%
SNP SNP (18.10%) 8,023 18.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (44.40%) 19,655 44.40%
Turn Turnout (74.73%) 44,286 74.73%

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