Falkirk West (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Falkirk West
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Falkirk West (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Falkirk West shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 1999
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Michael Matheson
Council area Falkirk

Falkirk West 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 West will be reshaped as part of wider boundary reviews.

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 East, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Hamilton South, 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.[1]

The Holyrood constituency covers a western portion of the Falkirk council area. The rest of the Falkirk area is covered by Falkirk East, which is also within the Central Scotland electoral region.

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

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Dennis Canavan Independent
2007 Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Falkirk West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Michael Matheson 15,607 55.3 +13.5
Labour Dennis Goldie 9,862 35.0 -4.3
Conservative Allan Finnie 2,086 7.4 -2.7
Liberal Democrats Callum Chomczuk 644 2.3 -6.5
Majority 5,745 20.4
Turnout 28,199 47.9 -793
SNP hold Swing

Liberal Democrats gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Falkirk West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP 12,129 41.8
Labour 11,386 39.3
Conservative 2,929 10.1
Liberal Democrats 2,548 8.9
Majority 743 2.6
SNP hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Falkirk West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Michael Matheson 12,068 41.9 +24.1
Labour Dennis Goldie 11,292 39.2 +21.8
Conservative Stephen O'Rourke 2,887 10.0 +3.7
Liberal Democrats Callum Chomczuk 2,538 8.8 +6.0
Majority 776 2.7 -
Turnout 28,785 51.7 +1.0
SNP gain from Independent Swing +1.2
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Falkirk West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Dennis Canavan 14,703 55.69 +0.71
SNP Michael Matheson 4,703 17.81 +0.03
Labour Lee Whitehill 4,589 17.38 -1.39
Conservative Iain Mitchell 1,657 6.28 +0.65
Liberal Democrats Jacqueline Kelly 748 2.83 0
Majority 10,000 37.88 +1.67
Turnout 26,400 50.65 -12.39
Independent hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Falkirk West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Dennis Canavan 18,511 54.98 +54.98
Labour Ross Martin 6,319 18.77 -40.58
SNP Michael Matheson 5,986 17.78 -5.65
Conservative Gordon Millar 1,897 5.63 -6.46
Liberal Democrats Jane Hook 1,889 6.26 -0.97
Majority 12,192 36.21
Independent gain from Labour Swing


  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland