This region lies between the River Clyde and the southern end of Loch Lomond. Its population is concentrated in the former shipbuilding towns of Clydebank and Dumbarton and the industrial towns in the Vale of Leven. The areas in the north and east of the region are mostly rural. The major industries are whisky bottling and blending, engineering, electronics and the service industries. Many people in the council area commute to work in Glasgow.
Labour hold almost two thirds of the seats on the council and the parliamentary seats of Clydebank & Milngavie and Dumbarton. The SNP also have some support in the area but have yet to translate this into electoral success.
Results of 1979 referendum:The regions were different in 1979, West Dunbartonshire was part of Strathclyde region.
ICM/Scotsman poll published on 22 August 1997:Question: Should there be a Scottish Parliament?
Question:Should a Scottish Parliament have tax-varying powers?
(Total Sample Size: 1,001, Fieldwork: 19-20 August 1997)
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