Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Clackmannan

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.

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[edit]

Following the Representation of the People Act 1948, the seat of Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire was described as being created from;

  • The Burgh of Clackmannan
  • Three wards of Stirlingshire, named at the time as Eastern No. 1, Eastern No. 2, and Eastern No. 3[1]

This would continue until the seat's abolition. The constituency of Clackmannan was described on its creation for the 1983 election as being formed from;

  • All the district of Clackmannan
  • Division 29 of the district of Falkirk
  • Division 13 of the district of Stirling

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [2] Party
1918 Ralph Glyn Unionist
1922 Lauchlin MacNeill Weir Labour
1931 James Wellwood Johnston Unionist
1935 Lauchlin 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

Politics and history of the constituency[edit]

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Clackmannan & Eastern Stirlingshire [3]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Maj. Ralph George Campbell Glyn 6,771
Independent Labour Henry John May 5,753
Liberal Maj. William Allan Chapple 5,040
Majority
Turnout
Unionist win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922[4]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 10,312
Liberal Craigie Mason Aitchison 7,379
Unionist Ralph George Campbell Glyn 6,888
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1923[5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 10,492
Liberal Craigie Mason Aitchison 10,043
Majority 449
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924[6]

Electorate 33,176

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 13,032
Liberal Edwin James Donaldson 11,752
Majority 1,280
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929[7]

Electorate 42,580

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 17,667
Unionist Harold Paton Mitchell 8,778
Liberal Edwin James Donaldson 6,760
Majority 8,889
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931[8]

Electorate 43,854

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist James Wellwood Johnston 20,425 59.9
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 13,669 40.1
Majority 6,756 19.8
Turnout 34,094 77.7
Unionist gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935[9]

Electorate 46,203

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 14,881 42.3
Unionist James Wellwood Johnston 13,738 39.0
Liberal George Gordon Honeyman 5,062 14.4
Ind. Labour Party David W Gibson 1,513 4.3
Majority 1,143 3.2
Turnout 35,194 76.2
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire by-election, 1939[10]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 15,645 93.7
Pacifist Andrew Stewart 1,060 6.4
Majority
Turnout 35.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945[11]

Electorate 54,447

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 24,622 62.9
Unionist John Edward Gilmour 14,522 37.1
Majority 10,100 25.8
Turnout 71.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 22,980 56.5
Unionist SD Loch 13,630 33.5
Liberal Charles H Johnston 4,078 10.0
Majority 9,350 23.0
Turnout 83.4


General Election 1951
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 25,231 58.7
Unionist SD Loch 17,727 41.3
Majority 7,504 17.5
Turnout 85.7
General Election 1955
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 23,588 58.7
Unionist RC Aitchson 7,009 41.3
Majority 9,350 17.4
Turnout 79.8
General Election 1959
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 25,004 59.3
Unionist RC Aitchson 17,132 40.7
Majority 7,872 18.9
Turnout 80.7

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 23,927 57.2
Unionist A MacDonald 12,815 30.6
SNP CD Drysdale 5,106 12.2
Majority 11,112 26.5
Turnout 79.8
General Election 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Woodburn 22,557 55.3
Conservative A MacDonald 10,037 24.5
SNP CD Drysdale 8,225 20.1
Majority 12,520 30.7
Turnout 77.5

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970[12]

Electorate 61,877

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Richard G Douglas 23,729 50.7
Conservative James Fairlie 13,178 28.2
SNP Ian C.H. Macdonald 7,243 15.5
Liberal Robert E. Bell 2,640 5.6
Majority 10,551 22.5
Turnout 46,790 75.6
General Election February 1974: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP George Reid 22,289 43.5
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 18,679 36.4
Conservative A.H. Lester 9,994 19.5
Communist G. Bolton 322 0.6
Majority 3,610 7.0
Turnout 82.4
SNP gain from Labour Swing
General Election October 1974: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP George Reid 25,998 50.8
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 18,657 36.4
Conservative TNA Begg 5,269 10.3
Liberal D Shields 1,268 2.5
Majority 7,341 14.3
Turnout 2.5
SNP hold Swing
General Election 1979: Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin O'Neill 22,780 41.9
SNP George Reid 21,796 40.1
Conservative T.N.A. Begg 9,778 18.0
Majority 984 1.8
Turnout 81.7
Labour gain from SNP Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  4. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  5. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  6. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  7. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  9. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  12. ^ http://tools.assembla.com/svn/grodt/uk/thc/files/all_1970.txt