Falkirk East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Falkirk East
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Falkirk
Major settlements Falkirk
19832005
Number of members One
Replaced by Linlithgow & East Falkirk
Falkirk

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.

Boundaries[edit]

When created in 1983, it consisted of the Falkirk District electoral divisions of Bainsford, Dundas, Kalantyre, Sealock, Carriden, Kinneil, Braes, Laurmont, and Avonside. In the 1997 redistribution, Bainsford was transferred to Falkirk West, but otherwise the constituency remained the same until its abolition in 2005.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Harry Ewing Labour
1992 Michael Connarty Labour
2005 constituency abolished: see Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

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

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Falkirk East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Michael Connarty 23,344 56.1
SNP Keith Brown 9,959 23.9
Conservative Malcolm Nicol 5,813 14.0
Liberal Democrat Rodger J. Spillane 2,153 5.2
Referendum Party Sebastian C. Mowbray 325 0.8
Majority 13,385 32.2
Turnout 41,594 73.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1992: Falkirk East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Michael Connarty 18,423 46.1 −8.1
SNP Ronald Neil Forbes Halliday 10,454 26.2 +10.8
Conservative Keith Harding 8,279 20.7 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Miss Debra M. Storr 2,775 6.9 −4.8
Majority 7,969 20.0
Turnout 39,931 76.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Ewing 21,379 54.2 +6.5
Conservative Kenneth Henry Brookes 7,356 18.7 −2.3
SNP Ronald Neil Forbes Halliday 6,056 15.4 +3.5
Social Democratic Mrs. Elizabeth Graham Dick 4,624 11.7 −7.1
Majority 14,023 35.5
Turnout 39,415 75.0 +2.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Ewing 17,956 47.7 N/A
Conservative D.D.M. Masterton 7,895 21.0 N/A
Social Democratic A.A.I. Wedderburn 6,967 18.5 N/A
SNP J. McGregor 4,490 11.9 N/A
Communist Miss F. McGregor 334 0.9 N/A
Majority 10,061 26.7 N/A
Turnout 37,642 72.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b "Falkirk East". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992, part 8". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 3 July 2010.