Stirling (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the 1708–1918 constituency, see Stirling Burghs (UK Parliament constituency).

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
Member of parliament Steven Paterson (SNP)
Number of members One
Created from Stirling, Falkirk & Grangemouth, Stirlingshire West and Kinross & West Perthshire[1]
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]

1983-1997: The Stirling District electoral divisions of Airthrey, Bannockburn, Castle, Dounebraes, Menteith, Queensland, St Ninians, Strathendrick, Viewforth, and Wallace.

1997-2005: The Stirling District electoral divisions of Bannockburn, Castle, Dounebraes, Menteith, Queensland, St Ninians, Strathendrick, Viewforth, and Wallace.

2005-present: The Stirling council area.

The constituency covers the whole of the Stirling council area. Most of the area is rural, which has tended to vote Conservative, but there are some large towns in the East, most notably Stirling itself, which used to vote Labour, but has now moved towards SNP. 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[2] Party
1983 Michael Bruce Forsyth Conservative
1997 Dame Anne McGuire Labour
2015 Steven Paterson SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Stirling[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Steven Paterson 23,783 45.6 +28.3
Labour Johanna Catherine Boyd 13,303 25.5 −16.2
Conservative Stephen Charles Kerr[5] 12,051 23.1 −0.9
Scottish Green Mark Ruskell[6] 1,606 3.1 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Elisabeth Mary Wilson 1,392 2.7 −11.8
Majority 10,480 20.1
Turnout 52,135 77.5 +6.7
SNP gain from Labour Swing +22.5
General Election 2010: Stirling[7]
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 Richard 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[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne McGuire 15,729 36.0 −7.0
Conservative Stephen Charles Kerr 10,962 25.1 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Kelvin Holdsworth 9,052 20.7 +9.2
SNP Ms. Frances Monica McGlinchey 5,503 12.6 −4.5
Scottish Green Richard Duncan Illingworth 1,302 3.0 N/A
Scottish Socialist Rowland Harry Sheret 458 1.0 −1.7
Independent James McFarlane McDonald 261 0.6 N/A
Christian Vote Michael Dennis Willis 215 0.5 N/A
UKIP Matthew Coughlan 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[9]
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[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne McGuire 20,382 47.4 +8.8
Conservative Michael Bruce Forsyth 13,971 32.5 −6.7
SNP Ewan Dow 5,752 13.4 −1.1
Liberal Democrat Alistair George Tough 2,675 6.2 +0.5
UKIP William McMurdo 154 0.4 N/A
Independent Mrs. Elaine Liv McDonald 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[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Bruce Forsyth 19,174 40.0 +1.7
Labour Mrs. Catherine Winifred Phillips 18,471 38.5 +2.3
SNP Gerald Alexander Fisher 6,558 13.7 +3.0
Liberal Democrat William 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[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Bruce Forsyth 17,591 38.3 −1.7
Labour Michael Connarty 16,643 36.2 +8.3
Liberal Ian Buchanan McFarlane 6,804 14.8 −9.1
SNP Iain Macdonald 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[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Bruce Forsyth 17,039 40.0 N/A
Labour Michael Connarty 11,906 27.9 N/A
Liberal James Ross Finnie 10,174 23.9 N/A
SNP William 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Stirling', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  4. ^ http://my.stirling.gov.uk/services/council-and-government/politicians-elections-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/election-results/westminster-parliament-elections-7-may-2015
  5. ^ http://www.kerrforstirling.co.uk/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/news/scottish-greens-confirm-32-candidates-for-biggest-mp-push
  7. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.