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Falkirk East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This Scottish seat does not actually include any of the town of Falkirk - it is not that big, not even filling Falkirk West, but has two seats named after it because of its basis for a local government district. Rather East includes Grangemouth with its huge oil refinery, Bo'ness (a shortened form of Borrowstounness) and Carron whose ironworks gave their name to the weapon the carronade (not cannonade) beloved of fanatics on Napoleonic War naval history, the type who read Patrick O'Brian and CS Forester. The battle here in this industrial and working class seat is much less exciting than those recorded in such works of literature. Labour have too many guns for the SNP and other opposition parties.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Connarty, a spiky if calmed-down former semi-hard-left kilted version of Ken Livingstone, was elected here in 1992, having been leader of Stirling Council for 10 years. PPS to Minister-for-only-a-year Tom Clarke, he was born in 1947 and educated at St Patrick's (RC) High School, Coatbridge and Stirling University, and was a teacher of children with learning difficulties for 16 years. A strong devolutionist, he withdrew from his attempt to stand for the Scottish Parliament, unlike his neighbour Dennis Canavan who sought selection and was blocked. Though a left-winger by instinct, he backs the Trident refit at nearby Rosyth where some of his voters work, and has steered clear of rebellion against the Blair government.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.76% 14.99% 31.77
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.40% 2.13% 18.80
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.09% 2.49% 3.53
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.95% 4.43% 179.73
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.56% 7.27% 158.86
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.36% 2.56% 92.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.01% 2.04% 0.33
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.06% 3.94% 1.55
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.68% 13.04% 35.88
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.49% 12.70% 43.22
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.31% 8.14% 114.35
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.03% 4.02% 0.86
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.45% 3.19% 233.95
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 33.37% 11.31% 295.01
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.90% 3.06% 225.46
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.57% 2.52% 221.33
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.24% 9.41% 108.75
5-10K 18.25% 16.63% 109.70
10-15K 17.87% 16.58% 107.76
15-20K 14.23% 13.58% 104.75
20-25K 10.54% 10.39% 101.45
25-30K 7.63% 7.77% 98.13
30-35K 5.49% 5.79% 94.85
35-40K 3.97% 4.33% 91.63
40-45K 2.89% 3.27% 88.46
45-50K 2.12% 2.48% 85.37
50-55K 1.57% 1.90% 82.36
55-60K 1.17% 1.47% 79.44
60-65K 0.88% 1.15% 76.62
65-70K 0.67% 0.91% 73.91
70-75K 0.51% 0.72% 71.30
75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 68.80
80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 66.41
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 64.13
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 61.96
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 59.89
100K + 0.66% 1.34% 48.84

Local Map of the constituency
Falkirk East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Falkirk East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.92%)
Conservative (-  6.22%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.12%) SNP (-  4.46%)
Liberal Democrat (3.70%)
Conservative (-  4.33%) Labour (-  1.12%) SNP (-  0.73%)
Con - 6.22%
Lab 11.92%
LD - 2.12%
SNP - 4.46%
Con - 4.33%
Lab - 1.12%
LD 3.70%
SNP - 0.73%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Connarty
Labour hold
Con Conservative (9.65%) 3,252 9.65%
Lab Labour (55.00%) 18,536 55.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.88%) 2,992 8.88%
SNP SNP (23.21%) 7,823 23.21%
Oth Other (3.26%) 1,098 3.26%
Maj Majority (31.79%) 10,713 31.79%
Turn Turnout (58.48%) 33,701 58.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Connarty
Labour hold
L Michael Connarty 18,536 55.00%
SNP Isabel Hutton 7,823 23.21%
SL Raymond Stead 373 1.11%
C Bill Stevenson 3,252 9.65%
LD Karen Utting 2,992 8.88%
SSP Tony Weir 725 2.15%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Connarty
Labour
Con Conservative (13.98%) 5,813 13.98%
Lab Labour (56.12%) 23,344 56.12%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.18%) 2,153 5.18%
SNP SNP (23.94%) 9,959 23.94%
Ref Referendum (0.78%) 326 0.78%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (32.18%) 13,385 32.18%
Turn Turnout (73.24%) 41,595 73.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (20.20%) 8,771 20.20%
Lab Labour (44.20%) 19,183 44.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.30%) 3,159 7.30%
SNP SNP (28.40%) 12,327 28.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.80%) 6,856 15.80%
Turn Turnout (76.56%) 43,440 76.56%

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