Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire (UK Parliament constituency)


Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire was a parliamentary constituency in the Clackmannan area of Central Scotland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of membersOne
Replaced byClackmannan, Falkirk East and Falkirk West[1]
Created fromStirlingshire, Clackmannan & Kinross and Falkirk Burghs

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election, when it was replaced by the new Clackmannan constituency.

Boundaries


Following the Representation of the People Act 1948, the seat of Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire was described in 1950 as being composed of:

This would continue until the seat's abolition in 1983.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember [3] Party
1918 Ralph Glyn Unionist
1922 MacNeill Weir Labour
1931 James Wellwood Johnston Unionist
1935 MacNeill Weir Labour
1939 by-election Arthur Woodburn Labour
1970 Dick Douglas Labour Co-operative
Feb 1974 George Reid SNP
1979 Martin O'Neill Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Clackmannan

Elections


Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
C Unionist Ralph Glyn 6,771 38.5
Co-operative Party Henry May 5,753 32.8
Liberal William Chapple 5,040 28.7
Majority 1,018 5.7
Turnout 17,564 55.0
Registered electors 31,916
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1922: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour MacNeill Weir 10,312 42.0 New
Liberal Craigie Aitchison 7,379 30.0 +1.3
Unionist Ralph Glyn 6,888 28.0 10.5
Majority 2,933 12.0 N/A
Turnout 24,579 77.9 +22.9
Registered electors 31,563
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +9.9
General election 1923: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour MacNeill Weir 10,492 51.1 +9.1
Liberal Craigie Aitchison 10,043 48.9 +18.9
Majority 449 2.2 9.8
Turnout 20,535 64.2 13.7
Registered electors 31,976
Labour hold Swing 4.9
General election 1924: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour MacNeill Weir 13,032 52.6 +1.5
Liberal Edwin Donaldson 11,752 47.4 1.5
Majority 1,280 5.2 +3.0
Turnout 24,784 77.0 +12.8
Registered electors 32,195
Labour hold Swing +1.5
General election 1929: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour MacNeill Weir 17,667 53.2 +0.6
Unionist Harold Mitchell 8,778 26.4 New
Liberal Edwin Donaldson 6,760 20.4 27.0
Majority 8,889 26.8 +21.6
Turnout 33,205 78.0 +1.0
Registered electors 42,567
Labour hold Swing +13.8

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist James Wellwood Johnston 20,425 59.9 +33.5
Labour MacNeill Weir 13,669 40.1 -13.1
Majority 6,756 19.8 -7.0
Turnout 34,094 77.7 -0.3
Unionist gain from Labour Swing
General election 1935: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour MacNeill Weir 14,881 42.3 +2.2
Unionist James Wellwood Johnston 13,738 39.0 -20.9
Liberal George Honeyman 5,062 14.4 New
Ind. Labour Party David Gibson 1,513 4.3 New
Majority 1,143 3.3 N/A
Turnout 35,194 76.2 -1.5
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire by-election, 1939[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 15,645 93.7 +51.4
Pacifist Andrew Stewart 1,060 6.4 New
Majority 14,585 87.3 +84.1
Turnout 16,705 35.4 -40.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General election 1945: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 24,622 62.9 +20.6
Unionist John Gilmour 14,522 37.1 -1.9
Majority 10,100 25.8 +22.5
Turnout 39,144 71.9 -4.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire: Stirlingshire East and Clackmannan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 22,980 56.5 -6.4
Unionist Spencer Douglas Loch 13,630 33.5 -3.6
Liberal Charles Hampton Johnston 4,078 10.0 New
Majority 9,350 23.0 -2.8
Turnout 40,688 83.4 +11.5
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 25,231 58.7 +2.2
Unionist Spencer Douglas Loch 17,727 41.3 +7.8
Majority 7,504 17.4 -5.6
Turnout 42,958 85.7 +2.3
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 23,588 58.7 0.0
Unionist Raymond Craigie Aitchison 7,009 41.3 0.0
Majority 9,350 17.4 0.0
Turnout 30,597 79.8 -5.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 1959: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 25,004 59.3 +0.6
Unionist Raymond Craigie Aitchison 17,132 40.7 -0.6
Majority 7,872 18.6 +1.2
Turnout 42,136 80.7 +0.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 23,927 57.2 -2.1
Unionist Angus MacDonald 12,815 30.6 -10.1
SNP Douglas Drysdale 5,106 12.2 New
Majority 11,112 26.6 +8.0
Turnout 41,848 79.8 -0.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 1966: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 22,557 55.3 -1.9
Conservative Angus MacDonald 10,037 24.5 -6.1
SNP Douglas Drysdale 8,225 20.1 +7.9
Majority 12,520 30.8 +4.2
Turnout 40,819 77.5 -2.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 23,729 50.7 -4.6
Conservative James Fairlie 13,178 28.2 +3.7
SNP Ian Macdonald 7,243 15.5 -4.6
Liberal Robert E. Bell 2,640 5.6 New
Majority 10,551 22.5 -8.3
Turnout 46,790 75.6 -1.9
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP George Reid 22,289 43.5 +28.0
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 18,679 36.4 -14.3
Conservative A.H. Lester 9,994 19.5 -8.7
Communist George Bolton 322 0.6 New
Majority 3,610 7.1 N/A
Turnout 51,284 82.4 +6.8
SNP gain from Labour Swing
General election October 1974: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP George Reid 25,998 50.8 +7.3
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 18,657 36.4 0.0
Conservative TNA Begg 5,269 10.3 -9.2
Liberal D Shields 1,268 2.5 New
Majority 7,341 14.4 +7.3
Turnout 51,192 79.5 -2.9
SNP hold Swing
General election 1979: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin O'Neill 22,780 41.9 +4.5
SNP George Reid 21,796 40.1 -8.7
Conservative T.N.A. Begg 9,778 18.0 +7.7
Majority 984 1.8 N/A
Turnout 54,354 81.7 +2.2
Labour gain from SNP Swing

References


  1. "'Stirlingshire East and Clackmannan', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  2. Boundary Commission for Scotland
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
  4. Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  5. The Times, 17 November 1922
  6. The Times, 8 December 1923
  7. Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  8. The Times, 1 June 1929
  9. Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  10. Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  11. Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  12. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949, FWS Craig
  13. http://tools.assembla.com/svn/grodt/uk/thc/files/all_1970.txt