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Glasgow Central

2010 Results:
Conservative: 2158 (7.06%)
Labour: 15908 (52.02%)
Liberal Democrat: 5010 (16.38%)
SNP: 5357 (17.52%)
BNP: 616 (2.01%)
UKIP: 246 (0.8%)
Green: 800 (2.62%)
Scottish Socialist: 357 (1.17%)
Others: 128 (0.42%)
Majority: 10551 (34.5%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 13518 (48.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4987 (17.8%)
SNP: 4148 (14.8%)
Conservative: 1757 (6.3%)
Other: 3627 (12.9%)
Majority: 8531 (30.4%)

Boundary changes prior to 2005 election: Name of seat changed from Glasgow Shettleston.

2001 Result
Conservative: 1082 (5.3%)
Labour: 13235 (64.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 1105 (5.4%)
SNP: 3417 (16.7%)
Other: 1626 (7.9%)
Majority: 9818 (48%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 1484 (5.5%)
Labour: 19616 (73.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 1061 (4%)
SNP: 3748 (14%)
Referendum: 151 (0.6%)
Other: 753 (2.8%)
Majority: 15868 (59.2%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: Covers the city centre itself and the main commercial and shopping areas of Glasgow, plus the two city centre university campuses, Glasgow Caledonian and the University of Strathclyde. The economic renewal of Glasgow since the 1990s has led to rapidly rising property prices and some gentrification, especially in the areas closest to the city centre and Glasgow Green, however, most of the seat remains severely deprived.

North of the Clyde the Calton area suffers severe deprivation with major problems of unemployment, crime, drug abuse and prostitution. Life expectancy here in the low 50s, below that in much of the third world. It has been troubled with sectarian and gang violence. Across the river the Gorbals have as bad a reputation, though of some of the most decayed tower blocks and worst slums were cleared in the 1990s. Further south the Pollokshields, once a Victorian garden city development, is the heart of the city`s muslim community, home to a large Pakistani population that, since 1997, has provided the constituency with its MP, Mohammed Sarwar.

portraitCurrent MP: Anas Sarwar (Labour) born 1983, son of Mohammed Sarwar, current MP for Glasgow Central. Educated at Hutchesons Grammar. Dentist. Contested Glasgow region in the 2007 Scottish elections.

2010 election candidates:
portraitJohn Bradley (Conservative) Educated at Oxford, London and Edinburgh University. Phd student.
portraitAnas Sarwar (Labour) born 1983, son of Mohammed Sarwar, current MP for Glasgow Central. Educated at Hutchesons Grammar. Dentist. Contested Glasgow region in the 2007 Scottish elections.
portraitChris Young (Liberal Democrat) Educated at St Andrews University. Actor, poet and non-practising solicitor. Contested Glasgow Govan 2007 Scottish elections.
portraitOsama Saeed (SNP) Tax consultant and investment advisor, Scottish representative of the Muslim Association of Britain. Contested East Renfrewshire in 2005
portraitAlastair Whitelaw (Green)
portraitRamsay Urquhart (UKIP)
portraitIan Holt (BNP)
portraitJames Nesbitt (SSP)
portraitFinlay Archibald (Pirate) Student at Strathclyde University.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 78383
Male: 49.6%
Female: 50.4%
Under 18: 18.6%
Over 60: 18.2%
Born outside UK: 12.6%
White: 85.7%
Black: 0.5%
Asian: 11.3%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 2%
Christian: 55%
Muslim: 9.3%
Sikh: 1%
Graduates 16-74: 22.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 36.7%
Owner-Occupied: 41.4%
Social Housing: 38.2% (Council: 22.5%, Housing Ass.: 15.8%)
Privately Rented: 15.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 20.1%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.