Falkirk East (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Falkirk East
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Falkirk East (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Falkirk East shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPAngus MacDonald
Council areaFalkirk

Falkirk East is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Central Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011 Falkirk East will be reformed and reshaped.[1][2]

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.

The region covers all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[3]

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the newly reshaped Falkirk East will be formed from the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Cathy Peattie Scottish Labour Party
2011 Angus MacDonald Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Angus MacDonald 16,720 51.4 +0.6
Labour Craig Martin 8,408 25.9 -12.4
Conservative Callum Laidlaw 6,342 19.5 +11.1
Liberal Democrats James Munro 1,054 3.2 +0.7
Majority 8,312 25.56 +13.0
Turnout 32,524 54.14 +6.7
SNP hold Swing +6.5
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Angus MacDonald 14,302 50.8 N/A
Labour Cathy Peattie 10,767 38.2 N/A
Conservative Lynn Munro 2,372 8.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ross Laird 727 2.6 N/A
Majority 3,535 12.6
Turnout 28,168 47.4
SNP win (new seat)

Elections under original boundaries[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cathy Peattie 13,184 43.5 -8.2
SNP Annabelle Ewing 11,312 37.3 +9.8
Conservative Scott Campbell 3,701 12.2 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Natalie Maver 2,136 7.0 +1.0
Majority 1,872 6.2
Turnout 30,333 53.1 +4.1
Labour hold Swing -9.0
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cathy Peattie 14,235 51.65 +7.00
SNP Keith Brown 7,576 27.49 -5.40
Conservative Tom Calvert 2,720 9.87 +0.22
Liberal Democrats Karen Utting 1,651 5.99 -1.14
Scottish Socialist Mhairi McAlpine 1,377 5.00 +5.00
Majority 6,659 24.16 +12.41
Turnout 27,559 49.06 -12.35
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Falkirk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cathy Peattie 15,721 44.65 N/A
SNP Keith Brown 11,582 32.89 N/A
Conservative Alastair Orr 3,399 9.65 N/A
Liberal Democrats Gordon Macdonald 2,509 7.13 N/A
Socialist Labour Raymond Stead 1,643 4.67 N/A
Majority 4,139 11.76
Turnout 34,845
Labour win (new seat)