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Paisley and Renfrewshire South

2010 Results:
Conservative: 3979 (9.95%)
Labour: 23842 (59.61%)
Liberal Democrat: 3812 (9.53%)
SNP: 7228 (18.07%)
Scottish Socialist: 375 (0.94%)
Independent: 762 (1.91%)
Majority: 16614 (41.54%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 19904 (52.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6672 (17.6%)
SNP: 6653 (17.6%)
Conservative: 3188 (8.4%)
Other: 1443 (3.8%)
Majority: 13232 (34.9%)

Boundary changes prior to 2005 election: Name of seat changed from Paisley South.

2001 Result
Conservative: 2301 (7.5%)
Labour: 17830 (58.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 3178 (10.4%)
SNP: 5920 (19.4%)
Other: 1307 (4.3%)
Majority: 11910 (39%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 3237 (8.7%)
Labour: 21482 (57.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3500 (9.4%)
SNP: 8732 (23.4%)
Referendum: 254 (0.7%)
Other: 146 (0.4%)
Majority: 12750 (34.1%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Douglas Alexander(Labour) born 1967, Glasgow – like Gordon Brown the son of a Church of Scotland minister. Educated at Park Mains High School and the University of Edinburgh. Former speech writer and researcher for Gordon Brown, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. Contested the Perth and Kinross by-election in 1995 and Perth in 1997. First elected as MP for Paisley South in the 1997 by-election following the suicide of Gordon McMaster. Minister of State at the DTI 2001-2002 and the Cabinet office 2002-2003. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 2003-4, Minister of State for Trade 2004-2005, Minister of State for Europe 2005-2006, Secretary of State for Scotland and Transport 2006-2007. Secretary of State for International Development 2007-2010. Shadow secretary of state for work and pensions 2010-2011, shadow foreign secretary since 2011. His sister Wendy Alexander is MSP for Paisley North (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitGordon McCaskill (Conservative)
portraitDouglas Alexander(Labour) born 1967, Glasgow – like Gordon Brown the son of a Church of Scotland minister. Educated at Park Mains High School and the University of Edinburgh. Former speech writer and researcher for Gordon Brown, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. Contested the Perth and Kinross by-election in 1995 and Perth in 1997. First elected as MP for Paisley South in the 1997 by-election following the suicide of Gordon McMaster. Minister of State at the DTI 2001-2002 and the Cabinet office 2002-2003. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 2003-4, Minister of State for Trade 2004-2005, Minister of State for Europe 2005-2006, Secretary of State for Scotland and Transport 2006-2007. Secretary of State for International Development since 2007 he also has responsibility for planning Labour`s next general election campaign. His sister Wendy Alexander is MSP for Paisley North (more information at They work for you)
portraitAshay Ghai (Liberal Democrat)
portraitAndrew Doig (SNP)
portraitJimmy Kerr (Scottish Socialist)
portraitWilliam Hendry (Independent)
portraitPaul Mack (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 85023
Male: 47.4%
Female: 52.6%
Under 18: 22.2%
Over 60: 21.9%
Born outside UK: 2.6%
White: 98.9%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.2%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 68.7%
Graduates 16-74: 16.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 35.6%
Owner-Occupied: 58.9%
Social Housing: 32.6% (Council: 26.4%, Housing Ass.: 6.2%)
Privately Rented: 4.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.7%

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