Falkirk West (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
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.
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.
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 West will be formed from the following electoral wards:
- In full: Denny and Banknock, Bonnybridge and Larbert, Falkirk North
- In part: Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst, Falkirk South (shared with Falkirk East)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|2007||Michael Matheson||Scottish National Party|
|Liberal Democrats||Gillian Cole-Hamilton||966||3.0||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Callum Chomczuk||644||2.3||-6.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Callum Chomczuk||2,538||8.8||+6.0|
|SNP gain from Independent||Swing||+1.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Jacqueline Kelly||748||2.83||0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Hook||1,889||6.26||-0.97|
|Independent win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.