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Airdrie and Shotts

2010 Results:
Conservative: 3133 (8.74%)
Labour: 20849 (58.16%)
Liberal Democrat: 2898 (8.08%)
SNP: 8441 (23.55%)
Independent: 528 (1.47%)
Majority: 12408 (34.61%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 19568 (59%)
SNP: 5484 (16.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3792 (11.4%)
Conservative: 3271 (9.9%)
Other: 1043 (3.1%)
Majority: 14084 (42.5%)

Boundary changes prior to 2005 electionEM631.

2001 Result
Conservative: 1960 (6.2%)
Labour: 18478 (58.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 2376 (7.5%)
SNP: 6138 (19.3%)
Other: 2784 (8.8%)
Majority: 12340 (38.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 3660 (8.9%)
Labour: 25460 (61.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 1719 (4.2%)
SNP: 10048 (24.4%)
Referendum: 294 (0.7%)
Majority: 15412 (37.4%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: A solid working class constituency to the East of Glasgow. Both Airdrie and Shotts are have suffered the effects of the decline of traditional industries such as steel. Religion remains a factor in local politics, Airdrie is mainly protestant while its neighbour, Coatbridge, is a largely Catholic. The 1994 by-election in Monklands East (the predecessor seat) following the death of Labour leader John Smith was dominated by accusations of sectarian bias by the (overwhelmingly Catholic) Labour group on Monklands council. The M8 runs through the centre of the constituency, dividing Airdrie to the North from Shotts and the surrounding villages to the South. The constituency includes HMP Shotts, one of the largest prisons in Scotland.

portraitCurrent MP: Pamela Nash (Labour)

2010 election candidates:
portraitRuth Whitfield (Conservative)
portraitPamela Nash (Labour)
portraitJohn Love (Liberal Democrat)
portraitSophia Coyle (SNP)
portraitJohn McGeechan (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 83103
Male: 48.3%
Female: 51.7%
Under 18: 24.5%
Over 60: 18.8%
Born outside UK: 1.5%
White: 98.9%
Asian: 0.6%
Mixed: 0.2%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 77.5%
Full time students: 0%
Graduates 16-74: 10.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 43.4%
Owner-Occupied: 55.6%
Social Housing: 38.7% (Council: 36.1%, Housing Ass.: 2.7%)
Privately Rented: 1.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 1.9%

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