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 Stirling
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Anne McGuire Labour 15,175 42.2 -5.2
Geoff Mawdsley Conservative 8,901 24.8 -7.7
Fiona Macaulay SNP 5,877 16.4 +3.0
Clive Freeman Liberal Democrat 4,208 11.7 +5.5
Clarke Mullen Scottish Socialist 1,012 2.8  
Mark Ruskell Green 757 2.1  
Majority 6,274 17.5
Turnout 35,930 67.7 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 2.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The constituency is at the very heart of Scotland. It includes the town of Stirling itself, the ancient capital of Scotland with its historic castle.

This is Braveheart country: 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. Stirling is also a university town with an important student vote.

Roughly half the electorate lives in the town of Stirling itself with the other half living in the rural areas and smaller towns. The Tory vote has mainly been found in the rural areas, whilst the town of Stirling has usually inclined towards Labour.

The upshot of this is that Stirling has been the scene of many close fought battles between Labour and the Conservatives in the last 15 years. Labourís Anne McGuire finally succeeded in unseating arch-Thatcherite Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth at the 1997 General Election.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stirling
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Anne McGuire Labour 20,382 47.4
Michael Forsyth Conservative 13,971 32.5
Ewan Dow SNP 5,752 13.4
Alistair Tough Liberal Democrat 2,675 6.2
William McMurdo UK Independence 154 0.4
Elaine Olsen Independent 24 0.1
Majority 6,411 14.9
Turnout 42,958 81.8
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Stirling
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Sylvia Jackson Labour 13,533 37.8
Annabelle Ewing SNP 9,552 26.7
Brian Montieth Conservative 9,158 25.6
Iain Macfarlane Liberal Democrat 3,407 9.5
Simon Kilgour Independent 155 0.4
Majority 3,981 11.1
Turnout 35,805 67.0
 
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