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East Renfrewshire

2010 Results:
Conservative: 15567 (30.42%)
Labour: 25987 (50.77%)
Liberal Democrat: 4720 (9.22%)
SNP: 4535 (8.86%)
UKIP: 372 (0.73%)
Majority: 10420 (20.35%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 20815 (43.9%)
Conservative: 14158 (29.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 8659 (18.3%)
SNP: 3245 (6.8%)
Other: 528 (1.1%)
Majority: 6657 (14%)

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

2001 Result
Conservative: 13895 (28.7%)
Labour: 23036 (47.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6239 (12.9%)
SNP: 4137 (8.6%)
Other: 1061 (2.2%)
Majority: 9141 (18.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17530 (33.6%)
Labour: 20766 (39.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 6110 (11.7%)
SNP: 6826 (13.1%)
Referendum: 497 (1%)
Other: 506 (1%)
Majority: 3236 (6.2%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: a middle class suburban commuter seat outside Glasgow that, were it not in Scotland, would almost certainly be a safe Conservative seat. Renfrewshire East has the largest Jewish population of any seat in Scotland, with almost half of Scotland`s Jewish population living in the area. In the boundary changes to Scottish constituencies in 2005 Renfrewshire East, previously called Eastwood, was the only constituency to retain its previous boundaries.

portraitCurrent MP: Jim Murphy(Labour) born 1967, Glasgow. Formerly President of the NUS. Served as a whip during the 2001-2005 Parliament and was made a junior minister after the 2005 election. Minister of State in the department of Work and Pensions 2006-2007, Minister of State for Europe 2007-2008, Secretary of State for Scotland 2008-2010. Shadow defence secretary since 2010 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitRichard Cook (Conservative) Educated at Williamwood Secondary. Commercial manager for Biffa Waste Services. Vice-Chairman of Scottish Conservative party. Contested Glasgow Cathcart in the 2001 Westminister election, 2003 Scottish Parliament election and 2005 Scottish Parliament by-election. Contested East Renfrewshire 2005.
portraitJim Murphy(Labour) born 1967, Glasgow. Formerly President of the NUS. Served as a whip during the 2001-2005 Parliament and was made a junior minister after the 2005 election. Minister of State in the department of Work and Pensions 2006-2007, Minister of State for Europe 2007-2008, Secretary of State for Scotland 2008- (more information at They work for you)
portraitGordon MacDonald (Liberal Democrat) Born Glasgow. Parliamentary officer for CARE and Policy Officer for Care not Killing. Contested East Renfrewshire 2005, Eastwood 2007 Scottish election.
portraitGordon Archer (SNP) Eduated at St Augustine High School. Former Glasgow councillor for Labour who defected to the SNP. Contested Dundee West 2001.
portraitDonald Mackay (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89311
Male: 47.7%
Female: 52.3%
Under 18: 25.4%
Over 60: 20.8%
Born outside UK: 3.8%
White: 96.2%
Asian: 2.9%
Mixed: 0.2%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 67.5%
Jewish: 3.5%
Muslim: 2.1%
Graduates 16-74: 28.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 22.5%
Owner-Occupied: 83.4%
Social Housing: 12.3% (Council: 10.3%, Housing Ass.: 2.1%)
Privately Rented: 2.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.7%

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