Central Fife (UK Parliament constituency)

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Central Fife
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Fife
1974 (1974)2005
Replaced by Glenrothes
North East Fife

Central Fife was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from February 1974 until 2005, when it was largely replaced by the new Glenrothes constituency, with a small portion joining the expanded North East Fife.

It elected one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
February 1974 Willie Hamilton Labour
1987 Henry McLeish Labour
2001 John MacDougall Labour
2005 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Central Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John MacDougall 18,310 56.3 -2.3
SNP David Alexander 8,235 25.3 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Riches 2,775 8.5 +2.1
Conservative Jeremy Balfour 2,351 7.2 -1.8
Scottish Socialist Morag Balfour 841 2.6 N/A
Majority 10,075 31.0
Turnout 32,512 54.6 -15.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Central Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry McLeish 23,912 58.7 +8.3
SNP Tricia Marwick 10,199 25.0 -0.1
Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg 3,669 9.0 -8.6
Liberal Democrat Ross Laird 2,610 6.4 -0.5
Referendum Party John Scrymgeour-Wedderburn 375 0.9 N/A
Majority 13,713 33.6 +8.3
Turnout 40765
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Central Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry McLeish 21,036 50.4 -3.0
SNP Tricia Marwick 10,458 25.1 10.3
Conservative Carol Cender 7,353 17.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Craig Harrow 2,892 6.9 -8.3
Majority 10,578 25.3 -11.4
Turnout 41739 74.3
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Central Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry McLeish 22,827 53.4 +10.3
Conservative Richard Aird 7,118 16.7 -5.8
Liberal Teresa Little 6,487 15.2 -8.2
SNP Dan Hood 6,296 14.7 +4.5
Majority 15,709 36.8 +17.0
Turnout 42728 72.6
Labour hold Swing +8.0
General Election 1983: Central Fife[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Willie Hamilton 17,008 43.1
Liberal Teresa Little 9,214 23.4 N/A
Conservative D. C. Mason 8,863 22.5
SNP J. H. Taggart 4,039 10.2
Ecology D. A. Allison 297 0.8 N/A
Majority 7,794 19.8
Turnout 39421 72.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Central Fife[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Willie Hamilton 27,619 58.0
Conservative I. A. McCrone 9,597 20.2
SNP J. Lynch 9,208 19.4
Communist A. Maxwell 1,172 2.5
Majority 18,022 37.9
Turnout 77.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Central Fife[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Willie Hamilton 22,400 51.9
SNP D. V. Livingstone 14,414 33.4
Conservative P. Clarke 5,308 12.3
Communist A. Maxwell 1,040 2.4
Majority 7,986 18.5
Turnout 73.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Central Fife[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Willie Hamilton 24,418 53.3 N/A
SNP D. V. Livingstone 10,324 22.5 N/A
Conservative S. R. Eyres 9,098 19.8 N/A
Communist A. Maxwell 2,019 4.4 N/A
Majority 14,094 30.7 N/A
Turnout 79.2 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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