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This new version of The Almanac of British Politics has been completely revised and up-to-date because the moment successive Labour election victory in 2001. it really is firmly demonstrated because the definitive advisor to the political map of the uk, protecting intimately all the constituencies sending representatives to the home of Commons. It additionally comprises insightful biographical sketches of each unmarried Member of Parliament.The Almanac supplies a finished seat-by-seat research of all parliamentary constituencies, describing their social, financial and political features. This variation additionally comprises new facts for every seat together with: voters and turnout regular estate values according to constituency unemployment untimely mortality index and rank order monetary deprivation. this is often the basic reference paintings on British politics for college students, lecturers, reporters and psephologists.

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Labour’s new intake comprised only 9% of the PLP, the Conservatives’ 20% of their parliamentary strength and the Liberal Democrats’ 26%. Only 27 of the new MPs were coming as victors in seats where the occupancy had changed hands at the Election, the lowest number of inter-party exchanges in any election since 1955. Of the remainder of the 99 new MPs, 72 were replacements for retiring members, of whom 17 had not retired on grounds of age but had left Westminster to concentrate on membership of the devolved Scottish or Welsh Parliaments.

New Scottish constituencies Provisional recommendations, February 2002 Old seat Aberdeen Central Aberdeen N Aberdeen S Aberdeens W/Kincardine Airdrie/Shotts Angus Argyll/Bute Ayr Banff and Buchan Caithness/Sutherland/ Easter Ross Carrick/Cumnock/Doon Valley Clydebank/Milngavie Clydesdale Coatbridge/Chryston Cumbernauld/Kilsyth Cunninghame N Cunninghame S Dumbarton Dumfries Dundee E Dundee W Dunfermline E Dunfermline West East Kilbride East Lothian *Eastwood Edinburgh Central Edinburgh E/Mussleburgh Edinburgh N/Leith Edinburgh Pentlands Edinburgh S Edinburgh W Falkirk E Falkirk W Fife Central New seat Split between Aberdeen N and S Aberdeen N Aberdeen S Aberdeens W/Kincardine Airdrie/Shotts Angus Argyll/Bute Ayr, New Cumnock and Carrick Banff, Buchan and Huntly Political effect Lab loss Lab hold Lab hold LD hold Lab hold SNP hold LD hold Lab hold SNP hold Caithness/Sutherland/Easter Ross LD hold Split between Ayr and Kilmarnock Split, mostly to Dunbartonshire West Lanark and Hamilton East Coatbridge/Chryston/Bellshill Cumbernauld/Kilsyth/Kirkintilloch E Ayrshire N/Isle of Arran Irvine, Troon and Prestwick Dunbartonshire West Split between Galloway and Peebles Dundee E Dundee W Split, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy Dunfermline and West Fife East Kilbride/Strathaven/ Lesmahagow East Lothian Eastwood Split Edinburgh SE Edinburgh NE Edinburgh W Edinburgh S Edinburgh NW Split between Falkirk and Linlithgow Falkirk Glenrothes Lab loss Lab loss Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab loss Lab hold Lab hold Lab loss Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab loss Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold Lab hold LD hold Lab loss Lab hold Lab hold 18 NEW SCOTTISH CONSTITUENCIES Old seat Fife NE Galloway/Upper Nithsdale Glasgow Anniesland Glasgow Baillieston Glasgow Cathcart Glasgow Govan Glasgow Kelvin Glasgow Maryhill Glasgow Pollok Glasgow Rutherglen Glasgow Shettleston Glasgow Springburn Gordon Greenock and Inverclyde Hamilton N/Bellshill Hamilton S Inverness E/Nairn/Lochaber Kilmarnock/Loudoun Kirkcaldy Linlithgow Livingston Midlothian Moray Motherwell/Wishaw Ochil *Orkney/Shetland Paisley N Paisley S Perth Renfrewshire W Ross/Skye/Inverness W Roxburgh/Berwickshire Stirling Strathkelvin/Bearsden Tayside North Tweeddale/Ettrick/ Lauderdale *Western Isles New seat Fife NE Dumfries and Galloway Political effect LD hold three-way marginal(C) Glasgow NW Lab hold Glasgow E Lab hold Glasgow S Lab hold Split Lab loss Glasgow C Lab hold Glasgow N Lab hold Glasgow SW Lab hold Rutherglen and Hamilton W Lab hold Split between Glasgow E, C, NE Lab loss Glasgow NE Speaker hold Gordon LD hold Inverclyde Lab hold Split Lab loss Split Lab loss Inverness/Badenoch Lab hold Kilmarnock/Stewarton/Cumnock Lab hold Kirkcaldy/Cowdenbeath Lab hold Linlithgow Lab hold Livingston Lab hold Midlothian Lab hold Moray SNP hold Motherwell/Wishaw Lab hold Strathearn and Ochil Lab hold Orkney/Shetland LD hold Renfrewshire N/Paisley N Lab hold Renfrewshire S/Paisley S Lab hold Perth/Atholl SNP hold Split between Paisley N/S Lab loss Ross/Skye/Lochaber LD hold Berwickshire/Roxburgh/Selkirk LD hold Stirling Lab hold Bearsden /Bishopbriggs/Kirkintilloch W Lab hold Split between Perth and Angus SNP loss Peebles/Clydesdale/Annandale Na h-Eileanan An Iar three-way marginal Lab hold * Boundaries unchanged Please note that ‘political effect’ does not represent a prediction for the next general election, but an assessment of how the 2001 Election might have been represented on new constituency boundaries.

NON-WHITE The statistic ‘% Non-white’ refers to the percentage of residents in each seat who categorised themselves in an ethnic group other than white in the 1991 Census. This was the first time that a direct racial question was asked in a decennial Census in Britain. 1% in 2000, but these figures are not yet available at constituency level. Non-white people, of both Asian and Afro-Caribbean ethnic origin, have tended to be strong supporters of the Labour party regardless of their occupation. MORI opinion polling during the 2001 General Election campaign suggested that 73% of non-white respondents indicated a Labour voting preference, compared with 13% Liberal Democrat and only 12% Conservative.

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