North East Fife (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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North East Fife
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
North East Fife (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Mid Scotland and Fife (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
North East Fife shown within the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Roderick Campbell
Council area Fife
Party Scottish National Party

North East Fife is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. 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[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Perthshire North, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire and Stirling.

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

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

Fife is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes and North East Fife.

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.[1] The Fife North East Westminster constituency was slightly enlarged.

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the reshaped North East Fife constituency was formed from the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Iain Smith Liberal Democrats
2003
2007
2011 Roderick Campbell Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: North East Fife[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Roderick Campbell 11,029 37.2 +16.2
Liberal Democrats Iain Smith 8,437 28.4 -13.8
Conservative Miles Briggs 5,618 18.9 -7.8
Labour Colin Davidson 3,613 12.2 +4.3
UKIP Mike Scott-Hayward 979 3.3 N/A
Majority 2,592 8.7
Turnout 29,676 50.1
SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing + 16.8
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: North East Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 12,435 42.3
Conservative 7,869 26.7
SNP 6,169 21.0
Labour 2,312 7.9
Others 638 2.2
Majority 4,566 15.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: North East Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Iain Smith 13,307 42.2 -3.8
Conservative Ted Brocklebank 8,291 26.3 -2.5
SNP Roderick Campbell 6,735 21.4 +8.8
Labour Kenny Young 2,557 8.1 +0.1
Independent Tony Campbell 662 2.1 +2.1
Majority 5,016 15.9
Turnout 31,552 51.7 +1.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -0.7
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: North East Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Iain Smith 13,479 46.0 +6.5
Conservative Ted Brocklebank 8,424 28.8 +4.0
SNP Capre Ross-Williams 3,660 12.5 -6.0
Labour Gregor Poynton 2,353 8.0 -7.0
Scottish Socialist Carlo Morelli 1,366 4.7 N/A
Majority 5,055 17.3
Turnout 29,282 49.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +6.5
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: North East Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Iain Smith 13,590 37.81 N/A
Conservative Ted Brocklebank 8,526 23.72 N/A
SNP Colin Welsh 6,373 17.73 N/A
Labour Charles Milne 5,175 14.40 N/A
Independent Donald MacGregor 1,540 4.28 N/A
Independent Robert Beveridge 737 2.05 N/A
Majority 5,064 14.05 N/A
Turnout 35,941
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/election2011/constituency/html/36125.stm
  3. ^ http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/fife_council/index.cfm?fuseaction=service.display&objectid=339F18CE-92BF-4943-8F97-6C0A03C023DA