1997 General Election

Falkirk West

Labour hold / Dennis Canavan
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourCanavan, Dennis22,77259.3%+9.5%
 SNPAlexander, David8,98923.4%-0.9%
 ConservativeBuchanan, Carol4,63912.1%-7.5%
 Liberal DemocratsHouston, Derek1,9705.1%-1.2%
Majority13,78335.9%+10.4%
Turnout38,37071.1%-5.7%
Swing+5.2%
By-election held due to the MP's resignation
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourJoyce, Eric8,49243.5%-15.8%
 SNPKerr, David7,78739.9%+16.5%
 ConservativeStevenson, Craig1,6218.3%-3.8%
 Scottish SocialistHunter, Iain9895.1%N/A
 Liberal DemocratsO'Donnell, Hugh6153.2%-1.9%
Majority7053.6%-32.3%
Turnout19,504INF%0%
Swing-16.15%
Note: These results are in comparison to the previous General Election
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