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Falkirk East LAB Wins 
Electorate - "56,792" Top-up region:Central Scotland

 Candidates
Cathy Peattie LAB   15721  
Keith Brown SNP   11582  
Alastair Orr CON   3399  
Gordon MacDonald LD   2509  
Raymond Stead SLP   1643  
Vic McGrain SFP   358  
Maj: 4139  
Turn-out: 60.7%  

 
 Description
"Following boundary changes in 1997 this seat no longer contains any part of the town of Falkirk. Despite the presence of large tracts of open countryside this seat is definitely industrial in character. Grangemouth holds both a modern container port and a vast petrochemical complex, the chimneys of which can be seen belching smoke for miles around. The constituency has recently been hit hard by job losses. BP announced in January this year that 400 jobs are to go at their Grangemouth plant and the future of the 1,300 workers at pharmaceuticals company Zeneca remains uncertain. Most of the towns and villages here are home to working-class residents and many new light industries have been attracted to the area in recent years. One of the more novel sights in the seat, and certainly less of a blot on the landscape than the Grangemouth smokestacks, is a 45-foot high stone pineapple at Dunmore - built to mark an ill-fated attempt at cultivation of the fruit in the eighteenth century and a tourist attraction today.
 

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