Falkirk East (UK Parliament constituency)


Falkirk East was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. It was largely replaced by Linlithgow and East Falkirk, with some of its territory going to the new Falkirk constituency.

Falkirk East
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Falkirk East in Scotland for the 2001 general election
Subdivisions of ScotlandFalkirk
Major settlementsFalkirk
19832005
Number of membersOne
Replaced byLinlithgow & East Falkirk
Falkirk
Created fromStirling, Falkirk & Grangemouth, Stirlingshire East & Clackmannan and West Lothian[1]

Boundaries


1983–1997: The Falkirk District electoral divisions of Avonside, Bainsford, Braes, Carriden, Dundas, Kalantyre, Kinneil, Laurmont, and Sealock.

1997–2005: The Falkirk District electoral divisions of Avonside, Braes, Carriden, Dundas, Kalantyre, Kinneil, Laurmont, and Sealock.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[2]Party
1983 Harry Ewing Labour
1992 Michael Connarty Labour
2005 constituency abolished: see Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Election results


Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Falkirk East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Ewing 17,956 47.7 -7.2
Conservative Donald Masterton 7,895 21.0 -2.2
SDP Alexander Wedderburn 6,967 18.5 New
SNP John McGregor 4,490 11.9 -9.9
Communist Fiona McGregor 334 0.9 New
Majority 10,061 26.7
Turnout 37,642 72.3
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1987: Falkirk East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Ewing 21,379 54.2 +6.5
Conservative Kenneth Brookes 7,356 18.7 −2.3
SNP Ronald Halliday 6,056 15.4 +3.5
SDP Elizabeth Dick 4,624 11.7 −6.8
Majority 14,023 35.5 +8.8
Turnout 39,415 75.0 +2.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Falkirk East[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Michael Connarty 18,423 46.1 −8.1
SNP Ronald Halliday 10,454 26.2 +10.8
Conservative Keith Harding 8,279 20.7 +2.0
Liberal Democrats Debra Storr 2,775 6.9 −4.8
Majority 7,969 19.9 -15.6
Turnout 39,931 76.9 +1.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General election 1997: Falkirk East[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Michael Connarty 23,344 56.1 +10.0
SNP Keith Brown 9,959 23.9 -2.3
Conservative Malcolm Nicol 5,813 14.0 -6.7
Liberal Democrats Rodger Spillane 2,153 5.2 -1.7
Referendum Sebastian Mowbray 325 0.8 New
Majority 13,385 32.2 +12.3
Turnout 41,594 73.2 -3.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Falkirk East[9][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Michael Connarty 18,536 55.0 −1.1
SNP Isobel Hutton 7,824 23.2 −0.7
Conservative Bill Stevenson 3,252 9.6 −4.4
Liberal Democrats Karen Utting 2,992 8.9 +3.7
Scottish Socialist Anthony Weir 725 2.2 New
Socialist Labour Raymond Stead 373 1.1 New
Independent Hugh Lynch 490 1.6 New
Majority 10,712 31.8 -0.4
Turnout 33,702 58.5 −14.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing

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References


  1. "'Falkirk East', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
  3. "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. "UK General Election results April 1992, part 8". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  7. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  8. "Falkirk East". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  9. "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  10. "BBC NEWS | VOTE 2001 | RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES | Falkirk East". news.bbc.co.uk.