Falkirk East (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
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.
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.
Constituency boundaries and council area
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.
From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the newly reshaped Falkirk East will be formed from the following electoral wards:
- In full: Bo'ness and Blackness, Grangemouth, Lower Braes, Upper Braes
- In part: Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst, Falkirk South (shared with Falkirk West)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Cathy Peattie||Scottish Labour Party|
|2011||Angus MacDonald||Scottish National Party|
|Liberal Democrats||James Munro||1,054||3.2||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Ross Laird||727||2.6||N/A|
|SNP win (new seat)|
Elections under original boundaries
|Liberal Democrats||Natalie Maver||2,136||7.0||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Karen Utting||1,651||5.99||-1.14|
|Scottish Socialist||Mhairi McAlpine||1,377||5.00||+5.00|
|Liberal Democrats||Gordon Macdonald||2,509||7.13||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Raymond Stead||1,643||4.67||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries Archived 17 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Boundary Commission for Scotland
- Scottish Parliament Constituencies Order OPSI
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.