Stirling and Falkirk (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stirling and Falkirk Burghs
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth
19501983
Number of members One
Replaced by Stirling, Falkirk East and Falkirk West[1]
19181950
Number of members One
Type of constituency District of Burghs constituency

Stirling and Falkirk Burghs was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918, comprising the burghs of Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth. It ceased to be a District of Burghs in 1950, but a constituency of the same name covering the same burghs continued in existence. In 1974 it became Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth. This was in turn abolished in 1983; it was the last British constituency (apart from those including islands) to consist of non-contiguous parts.[citation needed]

Boundaries[edit]

The Representation of the People Act 1918 provided that the constituency was to consist of the burghs of Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Stirling and Falkirk (1918-1974)[edit]

Year Member Party
1918 John Archibald Murray Macdonald Liberal
1922 Hugh Murnin Labour
1923 Sir George McCrae Liberal
1924 Hugh Murnin Labour
1931 James Scott Cumberland Reid, later Baron Reid Conservative
1935 Joseph Westwood Labour
1948 by-election Malcolm MacPherson Labour
1971 by-election Harry Ewing Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth (1974-1983)[edit]

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harry Ewing 29,499 56.47 +13.22
Conservative William Dunn Boyles 13,881 26.57 +12.50
SNP John Archibald Donachy 8,856 16.95 -22.84
Majority 15,618 29.90 +26.44
Turnout 52,236 78.95 -0.41
Labour hold Swing +0.36
General Election, October 1974: Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harry Ewing 22,090 43.25 +1.39
SNP Robert McIntyre 20,324 39.79 +5.26
Conservative Geoffrey Alexander Campbell 7,186 14.07 -9.54
Liberal John David Angles 1,477 2.89 N/A
Majority 1,766 3.46 -3.87
Turnout 51,077 79.36 -1.87
Labour hold Swing -3.87
General Election, February 1974: Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth[1][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harry Ewing 21,685 41.86 -8.87
SNP Robert McIntyre 17,886 34.53 +20.03
Conservative Geoffrey Alexander Campbell 12,228 23.61 -11.16
Majority 3,799 7.33 -8.63
Turnout 51,799 81.23 +8.65
Labour hold Swing -14.45
Stirling and Falkirk by-election, 1971 [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harry Ewing 17,536 46.47 -4.26
SNP Robert McIntyre 13,048 34.58 +20.08
Conservative David R Anderson 7,149 18.95 -15.82
Majority 4,488 11.89 -4.07
Turnout 37,733
Labour hold Swing -12.17
General Election 1970: Stirling and Falkirk[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 22,984 50.73 -1.92
Conservative David R Anderson 15,754 34.77 +3.55
SNP Iain Murray 6,571 14.50 +0.12
Majority 7,230 15.96 -5.47
Turnout 45,309 72.58 -4.52
Labour hold Swing -2.74

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Stirling and Falkirk[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 23,146 52.65 +0.26
Conservative Iain Docherty 13,726 31.22 -6.39
SNP William A Milne 6,322 14.38 +4.40
Communist Peter McIntosh 767 1.74 N/A
Majority 9,420 21.43 +6.67
Turnout 43,961 77.10 -2.75
Labour hold Swing +3.33
General Election 1964: Stirling and Falkirk[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 23,766 52.39 +2.78
Unionist John A Davidson 17,070 37.63 -6.17
SNP William A Milne 4,526 9.98 +3.38
Majority 6,696 14.76 +8.95
Turnout 45,362 79.85 -1.22
Labour hold Swing +4.48

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Stirling and Falkirk[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 22,423 49.61 +1.45
Unionist Robert S Johnston 19,797 43.80 -1.31
SNP James Halliday 2,983 6.60 -0.13
Majority 2,626 5.81 +2.76
Turnout 45,203 81.07 +1.41
Labour hold Swing +1.38
General Election 1955: Stirling and Falkirk[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 20,651 48.16 -4.10
Unionist James McMillan 19,345 45.11 -2.63
SNP James Halliday 2,885 6.73 N/A
Majority 1,306 3.05 -9.01
Turnout 42,881 79.66 -6.41
Labour hold Swing -0.74
General Election 1951: Stirling and Falkirk[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 24,421 52.26 +3.30
Unionist William D H C Forbes 22,313 47.74 +2.21
Majority 4,497 4.52 +1.09
Turnout 46,734 86.07 +1.66
Labour hold Swing +0.55
General Election 1950: Stirling and Falkirk[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 22,186 48.96 -7.17
Unionist William D H C Forbes 20,632 45.53 +1.67
SNP Robert Curran 1,698 3.75 N/A
Communist G McAlister 801 1.77 N/A
Majority 1,554 3.43 -8.83
Turnout 45,317 84.41 +12.91
Labour hold Swing -4.42

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Stirling and Falkirk by-election, 1948[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 17,001 49.0 -7.1
Unionist WDHC Forbes 14,826 42.8 -1.1
SNP Robert Curran 2,831 8.2 n/a
Majority 2,175 6.2 -6.0
Turnout 72.9 +1.4
Labour hold Swing -3.0
General Election 1945: Stirling and Falkirk[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph Westwood 18,326 56.1 +4.9
Unionist James Frederick Gordon Thomson 14,323 43.9 -4.9
Majority 4,003 12.2 +9.8
Turnout 71.5 -6.9
Labour hold Swing +4.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Stirling and Falkirk[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph Westwood 17,958 51.2 +14.8
Unionist James Reid 17,087 48.8 -14.8
Turnout 78.4 -3.0
Majority 871 2.4 29.6
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +14.8
General Election 1931: Stirling and Falkirk[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Reid 21,844 63.6 +32.3
Labour Hugh Murnin 12,483 36.4 -11.0
Turnout 81.4 +2.3
Majority 9,361 27.2 43.3
Unionist gain from Labour Swing +21.6

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Stirling and Falkirk [25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Murnin 15,408 47.4 -6.5
Unionist Douglas Jamieson 10,164 31.3 n/a
Independent Protestant A Ratcliffe 6,902 21.3 n/a
Turnout 79.1 -2.5
Majority 5,244 16.1 +7.5
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Stirling and Falkirk [26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Murnin 13,436 53.9 +4.3
Liberal George McCrae 11,512 46.1 -4.3
Turnout 81.6
Majority 1,924 7.8 8.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +4.3
General Election 1923: Stirling and Falkirk [27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal George McCrae 10,721 50.4 +3.7
Labour Hugh Murnin 10,565 49.6 -3.7
Turnout 71.7 0.0
Majority 156 0.8 7.4
Liberal gain from Labour Swing +3.7
General Election 1922: Stirling and Falkirk [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Murnin 11,073 53.3 +17.6
National Liberal John Macdonald 9,717 46.7 -17.6
Turnout 71.7 +22.3
Majority 1,356 6.6 35.2
Labour gain from National Liberal Swing +17.6

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Stirling and Falkirk[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Macdonald 9,350 64.3 n/a
Labour Archibald Logan 5,201 35.7 n/a
Turnout 49.4 n/a
Majority 4,149 28.6 n/a
Liberal win

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Representation of the People Act 1918, Schedule 9, Part I.
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  4. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
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