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Edinburgh South West

2010 Results:
Conservative: 11026 (24.25%)
Labour: 19473 (42.83%)
Liberal Democrat: 8194 (18.02%)
SNP: 5530 (12.16%)
Green: 872 (1.92%)
Scottish Socialist: 319 (0.7%)
Others: 48 (0.11%)
Majority: 8447 (18.58%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 17476 (39.8%)
Conservative: 10234 (23.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 9252 (21.1%)
SNP: 4654 (10.6%)
Other: 2310 (5.3%)
Majority: 7242 (16.5%)

Boundary changes prior to 2005 election: Name of seat changed from Edinburgh Pentlands.

2001 Result
Conservative: 14055 (36.1%)
Labour: 15797 (40.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4210 (10.8%)
SNP: 4210 (10.8%)
UKIP: 105 (0.3%)
Other: 555 (1.4%)
Majority: 1742 (4.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 14813 (32.4%)
Labour: 19675 (43%)
Liberal Democrat: 4575 (10%)
SNP: 5952 (13%)
Referendum: 422 (0.9%)
Other: 305 (0.7%)
Majority: 4862 (10.6%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Alistair Darling(Labour) born 1953, London. Educated at Loretto School and the University of Aberdeen. Advocate. Lothian councillor 1982-1987. First elected as MP for Edinburgh Central in 1987. Shadow home affairs spokesman 1988-1992. Shadow treasury spokesman from 1992-1997. Following Labour`s 1997 election victory he became Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Secretary of State for Social Security from 1998-2001, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2001-2002, Secretary of State for Transport 2001-2006, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (and Scotland) 2006-2007 and Chancellor of the Exchequer 2007-2010. A quiet, unassuming, safe pair of hands he was – along with Gordon Brown and Jack Straw – one of only 3 MPs to serve in the cabinet continuously from 1997 to 2010 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJason Rust (Conservative) Solicitor. Edinburgh councillor.
portraitAlistair Darling(Labour) born 1953, London. Educated at Loretto School and the University of Aberdeen. Advocate. Lothian councillor 1982-1987. First elected as MP for Edinburgh Central in 1987. Shadow home affairs spokesman 1988-1992. Shadow treasury spokesman from 1992-1997. Following Labour`s 1997 election victory he became Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Secretary of State for Social Security from 1998-2001, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2001-2002, Secretary of State for Transport 2001-2006, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (and Scotland) 2006-2007 and Chancellor of the Exchequer 2007-2010. A quiet, unassuming, safe pair of hands, he was – along with Gordon Brown and Jack Straw – one of only 3 MPs to have served in the cabinet throughout the whole of Labour`s 1997-2010 period in government (more information at They work for you)
portraitTim McKay (Liberal Democrat) Accountant and investment analyst. Edinburgh councillor since 2007.
portraitKaukab Stewart (SNP) Contested Glasgow Anniesland in the 1999 Scottish elections, Edinburgh North & Leith 2001.
portraitClare Cooney (Green)
portraitColin Fox (Scottish Socialist)
portraitCaroline Bellamy (Communist League) Sewing machinist

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 94207
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Under 18: 20.9%
Over 60: 17.7%
Born outside UK: 7.8%
White: 95.9%
Black: 0.5%
Asian: 1.9%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 1.2%
Christian: 55.5%
Muslim: 1.6%
Graduates 16-74: 28.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 23.6%
Owner-Occupied: 67.1%
Social Housing: 18.9% (Council: 11.7%, Housing Ass.: 7.1%)
Privately Rented: 11.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 14.1%

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