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British General Election
Airdrie and Shotts

Current Prediction:
Election Profile:

Candidates:
Labour Party:
Rt. Hon. Helen L. Liddell
Conservative Party:
W. Gordon McIntosh
Liberal Democratic Party:
John Love
Scottish Nationalist Party:
Alison Lindsay
Scottish Socialist Party:
Kenneth McGuigan

Incumbent:
Rt Hon Helen Liddell

97 Result:
Helen Liddell
25,46061.8%
Nicholas Brook
3,6608.9%
Richard Wolseley
1,7194.2%
Keith Robertson
1004824.40%
Total Vote Count / Turnout
41,18171.40%

92 Result: (Redistributed)
27,67862.5%
6,58814.9%
1,9974.5%
8,02318.1%
Total Vote Count / Turnout
44,28674.7%

Demographic Profile:

Employment:
Unemployed15.9%

Household SEG:
I - Professional2.2%
II - Managerial/Technical24.4%
III - Skilled (non-manual)19.5%
IIIM - Skilled (manual)26.3%
IV - Partly Skilled18.0%
V - Unskilled8.5%

Misc:
Own Residence33.6%
Rent Residence66.4%
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02/05/01 JR Email:
This seat (formerly called Monklands East) was for a quarter of a century the base of former Labour leader John Smith. When Smith died in 1994 Labour only just scraped home in the byelection by 1700 votes over the SNP. The campaign was dominated by a scandal involving nepotism and alleged religious sectarianism in the hiring of staff for the local Labour-controlled Monklands District Council. However, normal service resumed in 1997, with a huge majority for Helen Liddell. Liddell is now Secretary of State for Scotland. Now that there's a devolved Government in Edinburgh she's a bit like the minister for bottle tops and paperclips, b ut she will be leading Labour's campaign for the Westminster election in Scotland and the associated high media profile will do her no harm here.

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