Glasgow was founded by St Mungo who built a church at a place he called "Glasgu", meaning dear, green place. That place is certainly not here, for there is little either dear or green about Baillieston. This area has suffered greatly from having the highest proportion of council housing in Britain and the lowest proportion of adults with higher education qualifications in Scotland.
It is industrial in character and accommodation is mostly in dilapidated council housing sited on both sides of the M8, which is the major road link from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The Easterhouse estate is perhaps the "typical" example of one of the seat's vast, unserviced concrete neighbourhoods that represent the worst horrors of post-war planning.
The constituency has generally poor standards of living, signified by high levels of unemployment, many one-parent families and problems with drug abuse.