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 Ochil
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Martin O'Neill Labour 16,004 45.3 +0.3
Keith Brown SNP 10,655 30.2 -4.2
Alasdair Campbell Conservative 4,235 12.0 -2.6
Paul Edie Liberal Democrat 3,253 9.2 +4.0
Pauline Thomson Scottish Socialist 751 2.1  
Flash Gordon Approaching Raving Loony 405 1.1  
Majority 5,349 15.2
Turnout 35,303 61.3 -16.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.5% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 5.8% from SNP to Labour

Description
Lying between the river Forth and the Ochil Hills, this constituency is pleasantly rural, but is mostly industrial in character. Brewing, distilling, glass manufacture and bottling are the main industries today, with tourism and agriculture also playing a part in the local economy. The most affluent areas in the seat are unsurprisingly also the Tory-held wards. Bridge of Allan is home to monied commuters to Stirling and further afield, whilst Dollar has, in its Academy, one of Scotland's most renowned private schools. Besides these, the towns in the seat grew up on the wool trade and, in the case of Alva, silver mining. Those industries may now have died out, but the majority of inhabitants remain resolutely working-class.

The predecessor seat to this constituency - Clackmannan & East Stirlingshire was held by the SNP between February 1974 and 1979. In February 1974 the party managed to overturn a Labour majority of over 10,000 and won by a margin of over 3,500 votes. It was the largest swing in the whole of the UK.

Labour holds this constituency in the Scottish Parliament.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ochil
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Martin O'Neill Labour 19,707 45.0
George Reid SNP 15,055 34.4
Allan Hogarth Conservative 6,383 14.6
Ann Watters Liberal Democrat 2,262 5.2
Derek White Referendum 210 0.5
Ian McDonald Independent 104 0.2
Mike Sullivan Natural Law 65 0.1
Majority 4,652 10.6
Turnout 43,786 77.4
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Ochil
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Richard Simpson Labour 15,385 41.7
George Reid SNP 14,082 38.2
Nicholas Johnston Conservative 4,151 11.3
Jamie Mar and Kellie Liberal Democrat 3,249 8.8
Majority 1,303 3.5
Turnout 36,867 63.8
 
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