Central Fife (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Central Fife was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected 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.
The former First Minister Henry McLeish represented the constituency from 1999 to 2003.
From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Central Fife was redrawn and renamed Mid Fife and Glenrothes.
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. Most of the Fife Central Westminster constituency was merged into the Glenrothes constituency.
The Holyrood constituency of Central Fife 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.
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
|2007||Tricia Marwick||Scottish National Party|
|2011||Constituency abolished; see Mid Fife and Glenrothes|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Central Fife|
|Liberal Democrats||Elizabeth Riches||2,288||8.5||+1.8|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||7.6|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Central Fife|
|Liberal Democrats||Elizabeth Richies||1,725||6.7||+0.8|
|Scottish Socialist||Morag Balfour||1,391||5.4||N/A|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Central Fife|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Ann Liston||1,953||5.94||N/A|
|Constituency represented by the First Minister
Motherwell and Wishaw