East Fife (UK Parliament constituency)


East Fife (UK Parliament constituency)

UK former constituency infobox
Name = Fife East
Type = County
Year = 1885
Abolition = 1983
members = One

East Fife was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until 1983. Along with West Fife, it was formed by dividing the old Fife constituency.

From 1886-1918, it was the seat of the Liberal Prime Minister, H.H. Asquith.

Boundaries

In 1885, the constituency comprised the parishes of Abdie, Abernethy, Anstruther Wester, Anstruther Easter, Auchtermuchty, Balmerino, Cameron, Carnbee, Ceres, Collessie, Crail, Creich, Cults, Cupar, Dairsie, Dunbog, Dunino, Elie, Falkland, Ferry-Port-on-Craig, Flisk, Forgan, Kemback, Kennoway, Kettle, Kilconquhar, Kilmany, Kilrenny, Kingsbarns, Largo, Leuchars, Logie, Monimail, Moonzie, Newburgh, Newburn, Pittenweem, St Andrews, St Leonards, St Monance, Scoonie and Strathmiglo.

In 1918, on the dissolution of the St Andrews Burghs constituency, the burghs of St Andrews, Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, Crail, Cupar, Kilrenny and Pittenweem were added to the constituency.It then consisted of "The Cupar and St. Andrews County Districts, inclusive of all burghs situated therein, together with the burgh of Leven and so much of the Kirkcaldy County District as is contained within the extra-burghal portion of the parish of Scoonie and the parish of Kennoway."

Members of Parliament

*"Constituency created" (1885)

*"Constituency abolished" (1983)

Election results

Elections in the 1970s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Barry Henderson
votes = 20,117
percentage = 43.0
change = +4.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Menzies Campbell
votes = 10,762
percentage = 23.0
change = +10.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Henry McLeish
votes = 9,339
percentage = 19.9
change = +3.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = J Marshall
votes = 6,612
percentage = 14.1
change = -17.7
Election box majority
votes = 9,355
percentage = 20.0
change = +12.9
Election box turnout
votes = 46,830
percentage = 79.0
change = +5.3
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 16,116
percentage = 38.8
change = -9.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = J Braid
votes = 13,202
percentage = 31.8
change = +12.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Helen Liddell
votes = 7,040
percentage = 16.9
change = +1.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D W C Docherty
votes = 5,247
percentage = 12.6
change = -5.0
Election box majority
votes = 2,914
percentage = 7.1
change = -21.3
Election box turnout
votes = 41,605
percentage = 73.7
change = -5.1
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 21,172
percentage = 47.9
change = -6.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = J Braid
votes = 8,593
percentage = 19.5
change = +7.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = W R S Pickard
votes = 7,766
percentage = 17.6
change = +8.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = B Mann
votes = 6,634
percentage = 15.0
change = -9.6
Election box majority
votes = 12,579
percentage = 28.4
change = -1.5
Election box turnout
votes = 44,165
percentage = 78.8
change = +4.4
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 21,619
percentage = 54.6
change = +3.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Harry Ewing
votes = 9,756
percentage = 24.6
change = 0.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = J Braid
votes = 4,666
percentage = 11.8
change = -2.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = W R S Pickard
votes = 3,577
percentage = 9.0
change = -0.5
Election box majority
votes = 11,863
percentage = 29.9
change = +3.0
Election box turnout
votes = 39,618
percentage = 74.4
change = -1.7
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1960s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 19,323
percentage = 51.5
change = -2.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = H Peaker
votes = 9,229
percentage = 24.6
change = -0.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = J Braid
votes = 5,394
percentage = 14.4
change = +7.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D A Barrie
votes = 3,574
percentage = 9.5
change = -3.6
Election box majority
votes = 10,094
percentage = 26.9
change = -2.1
Election box turnout
votes = 37,520
percentage = 76.1
change = -1.7
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 21,001
percentage = 54.2
change = +6.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Smith
votes = 9,765
percentage = 25.2
change = -1.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D C Wood
votes = 5,075
percentage = 13.1
change = -13.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = J Braid
votes = 2,635
percentage = 6.8
change =
Election box candidate
party = Independent Loyalist
candidate = L M C Greene
votes = 257
percentage = 0.7
change =
Election box majority
votes = 11,236
percentage = 29.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 38,733
percentage = 77.8
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=Fife East by-election, 1961
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 15,948
percentage = 47.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Smith
votes = 8,882
percentage = 26.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D Leach
votes = 8,786
percentage = 26.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 7,066
percentage = 21.1
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 33616
percentage =
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1950s

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 26,585
percentage = 69.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = J Nicol
votes = 11,421
percentage = 30.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 15,164
percentage = 39.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 75.2
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 26,104
percentage = 70.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = J McGowan
votes = 10,872
percentage = 29.4
change =
Election box majority
votes = 15,522
percentage = 41.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 73.2
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 28,446
percentage = 70.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = J McGowan
votes = 11,844
percentage = 29.4
change =
Election box majority
votes = 16,602
percentage = 41.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 78.7
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 25,749
percentage = 63.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = S P McLaren
votes = 10,694
percentage = 26.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = D A Freeman
votes = 3,975
percentage = 9.8
change =
Election box majority
votes = 15,055
percentage = 37.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 81.1
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1940s

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 24,765
percentage = 69.4
change = -12.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = S P McLaren
votes = 10,920
percentage = 30.6
change = +12.9
Election box majority
votes = 13,845
percentage = 38.8
change = -25.8
Election box turnout
votes = 35,685
percentage = 70.8
change = -0.2
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1930s

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 27,915
percentage = 82.3
change = +30.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = A K Davidson
votes = 6,016
percentage = 17.7
change = -4.3
Election box majority
votes = 21,899
percentage = 64.6
change = +34.4
Election box turnout
votes = 33,931
percentage = 71.0
change = +5.4
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Henderson-Stewart
votes = 15,770
percentage = 52.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Joseph Westwood
votes = 6,635
percentage = 22.0
change =
Election box candidate
party = Agricultural Party
candidate = J. L. Anderson
votes = 4,404
percentage = 14.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent Liberal
candidate = D. E. Keir
votes = 2,296
percentage = 7.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = National Party of Scotland
candidate = Eric Linklater
votes = 1,083
percentage = 3.6
change =
Election box majority
votes = 9,135
percentage = 30.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 30,188
percentage = 65.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = National Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

;General election of 1931In the 1931 UK general election, James Duncan Millar was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1920s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Duncan Millar
votes = 14,329
percentage = 42.9
change = -4.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Archibald Douglas Cochrane
votes = 13,748
percentage = 41.1
change = -11.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = W R Garson
votes = 5,350
percentage =
change =
Election box majority
votes = 581
percentage = 1.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 33,427
percentage = 73.3
change = +4.1
Election box gain with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Archibald Douglas Cochrane
votes = 12,664
percentage = 53.0
change = +8.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Duncan Millar
votes = 11,242
percentage = 47.0
change = -8.5
Election box majority
votes = 1,422
percentage = 6.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 23,906
percentage = 69.2
change = +1.4
Election box gain with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
loser = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Duncan Millar
votes = 12,825
percentage = 55.5
change = -0.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Alexander Sprot
votes = 10,275
percentage = 44.5
change = +0.5
Election box majority
votes = 2,550
percentage = 11.0
change = -1.0
Election box turnout
votes = 23,100
percentage = 67.8
change = +0.6
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = James Duncan Millar
votes = 12,697
percentage = 56.0
change = +13.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Alexander Sprot
votes = 9,987
percentage = 44.0
change = -12.2
Election box majority
votes = 2,710
percentage = 12.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 22,684
percentage = 67.2
change = +13.2
Election box gain with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1910s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Alexander Sprot
votes = 8,996
percentage = 54.2
change = +14.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 6,996
percentage = 42.2
change = -18.4
Election box candidate
party = Independent Progressive
candidate = W P Morgan
votes = 591
percentage = 3.6
change =
Election box majority
votes = 2,002
percentage = 12.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 16,581
percentage = 54.0
change = -24.0
Election box gain with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
loser = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

;Fife East By-Election 8th April 1914In the 1914 Fife East by-election, Herbert Henry Asquith was elected unopposed.

Election box begin
title=General Election December 1910: Fife East
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 5,149
percentage = 60.6
change = -1.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Alexander Sprot
votes = 3,350
percentage = 39.4
change = +1.6
Election box majority
votes = 1,799
percentage = 21.2
change = -3.2
Election box turnout
votes = 8,499
percentage = 78.0
change = -3.2
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election January 1910: Fife East
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 5,242
percentage = 62.2
change = +3.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Alexander Sprot
votes = 3,183
percentage = 37.8
change = -3.2
Election box majority
votes = 2,059
percentage = 24.4
change = +6.4
Election box turnout
votes = 8,425
percentage = 81.2
change = +1.2
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1900s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Rt Hon Herbert Henry Asquith KC
votes = 4,723
percentage = 59.0
change = -1.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Maj John Gilmour
votes = 3,279
percentage = 41.0
change = +1.4
Election box majority
votes = 1,444
percentage = 18.0
change = -2.8
Election box turnout
votes = 8,002
percentage = 80.0
change = +7.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 4,141
percentage = 60.4
change = +5.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Andrew Constable
votes = 2,710
percentage = 39.6
change = -5.9
Election box majority
votes = 1,431
percentage = 20.8
change = +11.8
Election box turnout
votes = 6,851
percentage = 72.1
change = -12.2
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1890s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 4,332
percentage = 54.5
change = +2.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 3,616
percentage = 45.5
change = -2.5
Election box majority
votes = 716
percentage = 9.0
change = +5.0
Election box turnout
votes = 7,948
percentage = 84.3
change = +5.6
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

;Fife East By-Election 25th August 1892In the 1892 Fife East by-election, Herbert Henry Asquith was elected unopposed.

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 3,743
percentage = 52.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 3,449
percentage = 48.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 294
percentage = 4.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 7,792
percentage = 78.7
change = +20.7
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1880s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Herbert Henry Asquith
votes = 2,863
percentage = 53.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Unionist
candidate = John Boyd Kinnear
votes = 2,489
percentage = 46.5
change =
Election box majority
votes = 374
percentage = 7.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 5,353
percentage = 58.0
change = -19.0
Election box hold with party link
winner = Liberal Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = John Boyd Kinnear
votes = 4,533
percentage = 63.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = John Gilmour
votes = 2,577
percentage = 36.2
change =
Election box majority
votes = 1,956
percentage = 27.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 7,110
percentage = 77.0
change =

See also

* North East Fife Constituency

ources

* [http://www.angeltowns.com/town/peerage/fcommons.htm Historical list of MPs]
* [http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/edates.htm Election results, 1950 - 1970]
*F. W. S. Craig, "British Parliamentary Election Results 1974 - 1983"
*F. W. S. Craig, "British Parliamentary Election Results 1918 - 1949"
*F. W. S. Craig, "British Parliamentary Election Results 1885 - 1918"


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