Stirling (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 56°07′08″N 4°04′55″W / 56.119°N 4.082°W / 56.119; -4.082

Stirling
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stirling in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland Stirling
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Anne McGuire (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Stirling is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the whole of the Stirling council area. Most of the area is rural, which votes Conservative, but there are some large towns in the east, most notably Stirling itself, a Labour area. A similar constituency, also called Stirling, is used by the Scottish Parliament.

History[edit]

The area covered by the modern constituency was first represented in the British House of Commons in consequence of the Act of Union 1707 in 1708. The county town of Stirling was represented as part of Stirling Burghs and the county was represented by Stirlingshire, each returning one member.

In 1918, Stirling Burghs was abolished and Stirling was then represented by the Stirling & Falkirk Burghs and from 1974 Stirling, Falkirk & Grangemouth constituencies. Along with Clackmannanshire the county was meanwhile represented by Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire and Stirling and Clackmannan Western (later Stirlingshire West).

The modern constituency of Stirling was established in 1983. In 2005 the west portion of Ochil was moved into Stirling.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Michael Forsyth Conservative
1997 Anne McGuire Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne McGuire 19,558 41.8 +5.8
Conservative Bob H. Dalrymple 11,204 23.9 −1.1
SNP Alison J. Lindsay 8,091 17.3 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Graham R. Reed 6,797 14.5 −6.2
Scottish Green Mark Ruskell 746 1.6 −1.4
UKIP Paul Henke 395 0.8 +0.4
Majority 8,354 17.9
Turnout 46,791 70.8 +2.6
Labour hold Swing +3.5

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne McGuire 15,729 36.0 −7.0
Conservative Stephen C. Kerr 10,962 25.1 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Kelvin Holdsworth 9,052 20.7 +9.2
SNP Ms. Frances M. McGlinchey 5,503 12.6 −4.5
Scottish Green Duncan Illingworth 1,302 3.0 N/A
Scottish Socialist Rowland H. Sheret 458 1.0 −1.7
Independent James M. McDonald 261 0.6 N/A
Christian Vote Michael D. Willis 215 0.5 N/A
UKIP Matthew C. Desmond 209 0.5 N/A
Majority 4,767 10.9
Turnout 43,691 67.7 +2.8
Labour hold Swing −4.2
General Election 2001: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne McGuire 15,175 42.2 −5.2
Conservative Geoff Mawdsley 8,901 24.8 −7.7
SNP Miss Fiona Elizabeth Macaulay 5,877 16.4 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Clive Edward Freeman 4,208 11.7 +5.5
Scottish Socialist Dr. Charles Clarke Mullen 1,012 2.8 N/A
Scottish Green Mark Ruskell 757 2.1 N/A
Majority 6,274 17.4
Turnout 35,930 67.7 −14.2
Labour hold Swing +1.2

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne McGuire 20,382 47.4 +8.8
Conservative Michael Forsyth 13,971 32.5 −6.7
SNP Ewan Dow 5,752 13.4 −1.1
Liberal Democrat Alistair G. Tough 2,675 6.2 +0.5
UKIP William McMurdo 154 0.4 N/A
Independent Mrs. Elaine L.M. Olsen 24 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,411 14.9
Turnout 42,958 81.8 −0.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +7.8
General Election 1992: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Forsyth 19,174 40.0 +1.7
Labour Mrs. Kate W. Phillips 18,471 38.5 +2.3
SNP Gerard Alexandra Fisher 6,558 13.7 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Willie Brewster Robertson 3,337 7.0 −7.7
Scottish Green William Russell Thompson 342 0.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Ross Sharp 68 0.1 N/A
Majority 703 1.5
Turnout 47,950 82.3 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Forsyth 17,591 38.3 −1.7
Labour Michael Connarty 16,643 36.2 +8.3
Liberal I.B. McFarlane 6,804 14.8 −9.1
SNP Iain M. Lawson 4,897 10.7 +2.5
Majority 948 2.1
Turnout 45,935 79.4 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Forsyth 17,039 40.0 N/A
Labour Michael Connarty 11,906 27.9 N/A
Liberal J.R. Finnie 10,174 23.9 N/A
SNP W. Houston 3,488 8.2 N/A
Majority 5,133 12.1 N/A
Turnout 42,607 75.7 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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