Falkirk West by-election, 2000

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The Falkirk West by-election, 2000 was a parliamentary by-election held on 21 December 2000 for the Scottish constituency of Falkirk West.

The vacancy was caused the resignation from the House of Commons of Dennis Canavan, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Falkirk West. Canavan had first been elected for West Stirlingshire in the October 1974 election as a Labour Party candidate, and had held that seat until its abolition in 1983. He had then won the new Falkirk West seat, and held that seat as a Labour MP until he was expelled from Labour in 1999. He then sat as an Independent until he resigned on 21 November 2000 by accepting the office of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.

A by-election to fill the seat was held on 21 December. The Scottish National Party mounted a strong challenge, but fell 700 votes short of winning.


Falkirk West by-election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Joyce 8,492 43.5 −15.9
SNP David Kerr 7,787 39.9 +16.5
Conservative Craig Stevenson 1,621 8.3 −3.8
Scottish Socialist Iain Hunter 989 5.1
Liberal Democrat Hugh O'Donnell 615 3.2 −1.9
Majority 705 3.6
Turnout 19,504 36.1 -36.5
Labour hold Swing -16.2

General Election result, 1997[edit]

General Election 1997: Falkirk West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Canavan 22,772 59.3
SNP David Alexander 8,989 23.4
Conservative Carol Buchanan 4,639 12.1
Liberal Democrat Derek Houston 1,970 5.1
Majority 13783 35.9
Turnout 38370 72.6
Labour hold Swing

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