ref date:22 Dec 2000 (SI)
Falkirk by-election sees Labour victorious by tiny margin
The SNP had a good chance of winning the Falkirk by-election, however, they
lost it to incumbent (incompetent) Labour by just over 700 votes.
The exact results were
Labour: Eric Joice 8492 (44%)
SNP: David Kerr 7787 (40%)
Conservative: Craig Stevenson 1621 (8%).
Scottish Socialist Party: Iain Hunter 989 (5%).
Lib Dem: Hugh O'Donnell 615 (3%)
Majority: 705 (Labour majority May 1997 13,783)
SO, the Labour majority was cut from 13,783 to just 705 votes, giving the
SNP more credibility in their claim that even HARD CORE Labour supporters
may see independence as a way forward rather than staying with the
sham of a "parliament" they have now.