West Stirlingshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Stirlingshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Stirlingshire
Major settlements Bridge of Allan, Denny and Dunipace
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Stirling, Falkirk West, Cumbernauld & Kilsyth, Clackmannan, Strathkelvin & Bearsden and Monklands West[1]

West Stirlingshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, to which it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post electoral system.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, as one of two divisions of the Parliamentary County of Stirling and Clackmannan. It was then defined as the Central and Western County Districts of the County of Stirling including all burghs within their boundaries, save for the Burgh of Stirling.[2] From 1950 onwards, due to local government changes, it was defined as the Burghs of Bridge of Allan, Denny and Dunipace and the Central No. 1, Central No. 2, Western No. 1, Western No. 2 and Western No. 3 Districts of the County of Stirling.[3]

The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Harry Hope Unionist Party
1922 Thomas Johnston Labour
1924 Guy Dalrymple Fanshawe Unionist Party
1929 Thomas Johnston Labour
1931 James Campbell Ker Unionist Party
1935 Thomas Johnston Labour
1945 Alfred Balfour Labour
1959 William Baxter Labour
Oct 1974 Dennis Canavan Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Politics and history of the constituency[edit]

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Stirlingshire West [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 6,893
Labour Tom Johnston 3,809
Liberal Robert Graham 2,582
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Stirling & Clackmannan Western [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Johnston 9,919
Unionist Harry Hope 8,104
General Election 1923: Stirlingshire West [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Johnston 9,242
Unionist Harry Hope 6,182
Liberal Robert Ian Aonas MacInnes 2,390 n/a
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924: Stirling & Clackmannan Western [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Guy Fanshawe 10,043
Labour Tom Johnston 9,747
General Election 1929: Stirling & Clackmannan Western [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Johnston 15,179 56.7
Unionist Guy Fanshawe 11,589 43.3
Majority 3,590 13.4
Turnout 26,768
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931 Electorate [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Campbell Ker 14,771 53.28
Labour Tom Johnston 12,952 46.72
Majority 1,819 6.56
Turnout 84.01
Unionist gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935 Electorate 32,984[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Johnston 16,015 55.09
Unionist Arthur Paterson Duffes 13,053 44.91
Majority 2,962 10.19
Turnout 82.26
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Stirling Western
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Balfour 16,066 54.36
Unionist J. Anderson 13,489 45.64
Majority 2,577 8.72
Turnout 75.18
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950 Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Balfour 19,930 55.63 +1.27
Unionist Betty Harvie Anderson 15,894 44.37 −1.27
Majority 4,036 11.27 +2.55
Turnout 85.68 +10.50
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Stirlingshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Balfour 20,893 56.03 +0.4
Unionist Betty Harvie Anderson 16,396 43.97 −0.4
Majority 4,497 12.06 +0.79
Turnout 86.67 +0.99
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Stirlingshire West[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Balfour 18,836 54.59 −1.44
Unionist W Allan Gay 15,669 45.41 +1.44
Majority 3,167 9.18 −2.88
Turnout 80.06 −6.61
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Stirlingshire West[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Baxter 21,008 57.55 +2.96
Unionist W Allan Gay 15,497 42.45 −2.96
Majority 5,511 15.10 +5.92
Turnout 83.56 +3.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Stirlingshire West[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Baxter 21,144 58.77 +1.22
Unionist John Barr 14,834 41.23 −1.22
Majority 11,112 17.54 +2.44
Turnout 81.19 −2.37
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966 Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Baxter 17,513 48.59 −10.18
SNP R. McIntyre 9,381 26.03 N/A
Conservative J. Hardie 9,148 25.38 −15.85
Majority 8,132 22.56 +5.02
Turnout 82.42 +1.23
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Stirlingshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Baxter 18,884 48.89 +0.30
Conservative J. Glen 11,465 29.68 +4.30
SNP Robert McIntyre 8,279 21.43 −4.60
Majority 7,419 19.21 −3.35
Turnout 78.94 −3.48
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Stirlingshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Baxter 17,730 40.85 −8.04
SNP Janette Jones 12,886 29.69 +8.26
Conservative T. Price 12,789 29.46 −0.22
Majority 4,844 11.16 −8.05
Turnout 82.07 +3.13
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Stirlingshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dennis Canavan 16,698 39.04 −1.81
SNP Janette Jones 16,331 38.18 +6.49
Conservative D. Mitchell 7,875 18.41 −11.05
Liberal I. MacFarlane 1,865 4.36 N/A
Majority 367 0.86 −10.30
Turnout 80.71 −1.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Stirlingshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dennis Canavan 22,516 47.70 +8.66
Conservative Anna McCurley 12,160 25.76 +7.35
SNP Janette Jones 8,627 18.27 −19.91
Liberal D. Cant 3,905 8.27 +3.91
Majority 10,356 21.94 +21.08
Turnout 81.96 +1.25
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Stirlingshire West', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Report of the Boundary Commission (Scotland)", Cd. 8759, Schedule–Part I, section 21.
  3. ^ "Initial Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland", Cmd. 7270, p. 26.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  6. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  7. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  8. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  9. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  11. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ [3]

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