Scottish election 2021: Sharp increase in turnout among Falkirk voters

Counting is now well underway for the Falkirk East constituency, where five candidates are vying for a place in the Scottish Parliament.

By Kirsty Paterson, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:37 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:37 pm

There has been a sharp increase in the turnout for this election - it has been confirmed as 62.89 per cent, well up on the last Holyrood election which saw a turnout of 54.1 per cent.

Whatever happens, the Falkirk East constituency will have a new representative as the incumbent MSP, the SNP's Angus MacDonald, has stood down.

The Falkirk East count is currently well underway at the Grangemouth Sports Complex.

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The scene at the Falkirk count (Picture Michael Gillen)

Michelle Thompson is the candidate for the SNP with Grangemouth councillor Allyson Black contesting the seat for Labour; Neil Benny for the Scottish Conservatives; and Paul Rolfe for the Liberal Democrats.

Peter Krykant is also standing as an independent.

Facemasks all round at Falkirk count (Picture: Michael Gillen)

The Falkirk West constituency will not be counted until tomorrow.

We will have updates across both days online and on our social media channels.

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