Falkirk West (UK Parliament constituency)


Falkirk West was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. Together with a portion of Falkirk East, it was replaced by Falkirk.

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

Boundaries


1983–1997: The Falkirk District electoral divisions of Bonnybridge, Callendar, Carmuirs, Carronglen, Glenfuir, Grahamsdyke, Herbertshire, and Tryst.

1997–2005: The Falkirk District electoral divisions of Bainsford, Bonnybridge, Callendar, Carmuirs, Carronglen, Glenfuir, Grahamsdyke, Herbertshire, and Tryst.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[2]Party
1983 Dennis Canavan Labour
1999 Independent
2000 by-election Eric Joyce Labour
2005 constituency abolished: see Falkirk

Election results


Elections of the 1980s

General election 1983: Falkirk West[3][4][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Canavan 16,668 45.6 -4.5
Conservative Iain Mitchell 7,690 21.0 +0.3
Liberal Marshall Harris 7,477 20.4 New
SNP Brian Cochrane 4,739 13.0 -16.2
Majority 8,978 24.6 N/A
Turnout 36,574 74.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1987: Falkirk West[5][6][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Canavan 20,256 52.6 +7.0
Conservative David Thomas 6,704 17.4 −3.6
SNP Ian Goldie 6,696 17.4 +4.4
Liberal Marshall Harris 4,841 12.6 −7.8
Majority 13,552 35.2 +10.6
Turnout 38,497 76.7 +2.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s

General election 1992: Falkirk West[7][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Canavan 19,162 49.8 −2.8
SNP William Houston 9,350 24.3 +6.9
Conservative Michael Macdonald 7,558 19.6 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Martin Reilly 2,414 6.3 −6.3
Majority 9,812 25.5 −9.7
Turnout 38,484 76.8 +0.1
Labour hold Swing
General election 1997: Falkirk West[8] [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Canavan 22,772 59.3 +9.6
SNP David Alexander 8,989 23.4 −0.9
Conservative Carol Buchanan 4,639 12.1 −7.6
Liberal Democrats Derek Houston 1,970 5.1 −1.1
Majority 13,783 35.9 +10.4
Turnout 38,370 72.0 −4.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 2000s

By-election 2000: Falkirk West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Joyce 8,492 43.5 −15.8
SNP David Kerr 7,787 39.9 +16.5
Conservative Craig Stevenson 1,621 8.3 −3.8
Scottish Socialist Iain G. Hunter 989 5.1 New
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 615 3.1 −2.0
Majority 705 3.6 -32.3
Turnout 19,504 36.1 −36.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 2001: Falkirk West[10][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Joyce 16,022 51.9 −7.4
SNP David Kerr 7,490 24.2 +0.8
Conservative Simon Murray 2,321 7.5 −4.6
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 2,203 7.1 +2.0
Independent Billy Buchanan 1,464 4.7 New
Scottish Socialist Mhairi McAlpine 707 2.3 New
Independent Hugh Lynch 490 1.6 New
Socialist Labour Ronnie Forbes 194 0.6 New
Majority 8,532 27.7 -8.2
Turnout 30,891 57.1 −14.9
Labour hold Swing

References


  1. "'Falkirk West', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. 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. "UK General Election results June 1983, part 8". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  5. "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. "UK General Election results June 1987, part 8". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  7. "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.
  8. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  9. "Falkirk West". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  10. "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.