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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Stirling
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Sylvia Jackson
LAB
10661
36.0
-2.0
Brian Monteith
CON
7781
26.2
+0.6
Bruce Crawford
SNP
5645
19.0
-7.8
Kenyon Wright
LD
3432
11.6
+2.0
Margaret Stewart
SSP
1486
5.0
+5.0
Keith Harding
SPA
642
2.2
+2.2
MAJORITY 
2880
9.7
TURNOUT 
29647
56.9
ELECTORATE
52087

DESCRIPTION: Stirling
The seat includes the city of Stirling itself, the ancient capital of Scotland with its historic castle. Stirling is close to the site of the battles of Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge and is, of course, associated as a consequence with William Wallace. It is also a university city with an important student vote. Also in the seat are Dunblane, Crianlarich, Killearn and the tourist towns of Callander and Trossachs. Agriculture and tourism are the main industries in the more rural part of the constituency.

In the past, the Tory vote has been found mainly in the rural areas with Stirling city inclined towards Labour. The upshot is that Stirling has been the scene of close-fought battles between Labour and the Tories in the last 15 years. Labour's Anne McGuire succeeded in unseating the arch-Thatcherite Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth at the 1997 election. Labour's Sylvia Jackson won the Holyrood seat with a majority of 3,981 votes over the SNP, pushing the Tories into third place.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13533
37.8
SNP
9552
26.7
CON
9158
25.6
LD
3407
9.5
IND
155
0.4
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15175
42.2
CON
8901
24.8
SNP
5877
16.4
LD
4208
11.7
SSP
1012
2.8
GRN
757
2.1
Vote Scotland 2003

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