Central Fife (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Scottish Parliament constituency infobox
Name = Central Fife
Type = county


Region = Mid Scotland and Fife
Year = 1999
MSP = Tricia Marwick
Party = Scottish National Party
Council = Fife

Central Fife is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region

:"See also "Mid Scotland and Fife Scottish Parliament region

The other eight constituencies of the South of Scotland region are Dunfermline East, Dunfermline West, Fife North East, Kirkcaldy, Ochil, Perth, Stirling and Tayside North.

The region covers all of the Clackmannanshire council area, all of the Fife council area, all of the Perth and Kinross council area, all of the Stirling council area and parts of the Angus council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of a pre-existing Westminster (House of Commons) constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies [See [http://www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/ "The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland] "] . Most of the Fife Central Westminster constituency was merged into the Glenrothes constituency.

The Holyrood constituency of Fife Central is one of five Mid Scotland and Fife constituencies covering the Fife council area, the others being Dunfermline East, Dunfermline West, Fife North East and Kirkcaldy. All are entirely within the council area.

Fife Central covers a central portion of the council area, south-west of Fife North East, north of Kirkcaldy, and north-west of Dunfermline East.

Description of the constituency

The constituency includes the new town of Glenrothes and the industrial ports of Leven and Methil. The main industries in this region were once coal and linoleum, but nowadays Glenrothes is a centre for the electronics and off-shore oil industries.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = Tricia Marwick
votes = 11,920
percentage = 44.2
change = +13.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Labour Party
candidate = Christine May
votes = 10,754
percentage = 39.9
change = -1.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Liberal Democrats
candidate = Elizabeth Riches
votes = 2,288
percentage = 8.5
change = +1.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
candidate = Maurice Golden
votes = 2,003
percentage = 7.4
change = +0.4
Election box majority
votes = 1,166
percentage = 4.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 26,965
percentage = 46.3
change = +1.9
Election box gain with party link
winner = Scottish National Party
loser = Scottish Labour Party
swing = 7.6

Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Labour Party
candidate = Christine May
votes = 10,591
percentage = 41.4
change = -15.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = Tricia Marwick
votes = 7,829
percentage = 30.6
change = -0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Andrew Rodger
votes = 2,258
percentage = 8.8
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Conservative Party
candidate = James North
votes = 1,803
percentage = 7.0
change = +1.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Liberal Democrats
candidate = Elizabeth Richies
votes = 1,725
percentage = 6.7
change = +0.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Socialist Party
candidate = Morag Balfour
votes = 1,391
percentage = 5.4
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 2,762
percentage = 10.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 25,597
percentage = 44.4
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Scottish Labour Party
loser =
swing = -15.9

Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Labour Party
candidate = Henry McLeish
votes = 18,828
percentage = 57.31
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish National Party
candidate = Tricia Marwick
votes = 10,153
percentage = 30.91
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Liberal Democrats
candidate = Jane Ann Liston
votes = 1,953
percentage = 5.94
change = N/A
Election box candidate with party link
party = Scottish Conservative Party
candidate = Keith Harding
votes = 1,918
percentage = 5.84
change = N/A
Election box majority
votes = 8,675
percentage = 26.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 32,852
percentage =
change =

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