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The Result

Electorate: 110,544
Area (Hectares): 29,924

Falkirk is in the Central region, roughly equidistant from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Despite containing large tracts of countryside, the region is largely industrial in character. Traditional industries such as iron founding, paper-making and coach-building have been joined by new light industries and distilling. The town of Grangemouth on the River Forth, holds both a modern container port and a vast petrochemical plant.

Typically, for an industrial area in the central belt, the Labour Party dominates local politics. The parliamentary constituencies of Falkirk East and Falkirk West are both safe Labour seats, and the party holds almost two thirds of the seats on the council. The SNP is the second party in the area, but they remain some way behind Labour.

Results of 1979 referendum:

The regions were different in 1979, Falkirk was part of Central region.
Yes No Turnout
All Scotland 51.6% 48.3% 63.8%
Central 54.7% 45.3% 66.7%

ICM/Scotsman poll published on 22 August 1997:

Question: Should there be a Scottish Parliament?

Yes No Don't know
All Scotland 68% 21% 11%
Lothian, Fife and Central 68% 25% 7%

Question:Should a Scottish Parliament have tax-varying powers?

Yes No Don't know
All Scotland 56% 36% 8%
Lothian, Fife and Central 57% 40% 3%

(Total Sample Size: 1,001, Fieldwork: 19-20 August 1997)

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