Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in Scotland.
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Gordon Brown (Labour)
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath is a county constituency representing the areas around the towns of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, in Fife, Scotland, in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 2005 general election from most of the old Kirkcaldy constituency and parts of Dunfermline East constituency.


The constituency is bounded by Ochil and South Perthshire to the north, Dunfermline and West Fife to the west and Glenrothes to the east.

Along with Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, the towns of Burntisland, Dalgety Bay, Dysart, Kelty, and Lochgelly and the villages of Aberdour, Auchtertool, Ballingry, Crosshill, Glencraig, Kinghorn, Lochore and Lumphinnans make up the constituency.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

The MP since the seat's creation has been former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown. He previously represented Dunfermline East from 1983 to 2005.

Following the 2010 UK general election, Gordon Brown resigned as prime minister, but confirmed that he would not be resigning as MP and continues to serve the Opposition as a Labour backbencher.[2]

Election Member[3] Party
2005 Gordon Brown Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dave Dempsey
Liberal Democrat Callum Leslie
SNP Roger Mullin
UKIP Jack Neill [5]
Labour Co-op Kenny Selbie
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010[6]
Turnout: 45,802 (62.2%) +3.8
Labour hold
Majority: 23,009 (50.2%) +6.6
Swing: +3.3% from SNP to Lab
Gordon Brown Labour 29,559 64.5 +6.4
Douglas Chapman SNP 6,550 14.3 −0.2
John Mainland Liberal Democrat 4,269 9.3 −3.7
Lindsay Paterson Conservative 4,258 9.3 −1.0
Peter Adams UKIP 760 1.7 +0.5
Susan Archibald Independent 184 0.4 N/A
Donald MacLaren Independent 165 0.4 N/A
Derek Jackson Land Party 57 0.1 N/A
General Election 2005
Turnout: 41,796 (58.4%)
Labour hold
Majority: 18,216 (43.6%)
Swing: +1.9% from SNP to Lab
Gordon Brown Labour 24,278 58.1 −0.4
Alan Bath SNP 6,062 14.5 −4.1
Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrat 5,450 13.0 +3.8
Stuart Randall Conservative 4,308 10.3 −0.3
Steve West Scottish Socialist 666 1.6 −1.1
Peter Adams UKIP 516 1.2 +0.8
James Parker Scottish Senior Citizens 425 1.0 N/A
Elizabeth Kwantes Independent 47 0.1 N/A
Pat Sargent Independent 44 0.1 N/A

See also[edit]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dunfermline East
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Edinburgh South West

Coordinates: 56°05′57″N 3°16′25″W / 56.09917°N 3.27361°W / 56.09917; -3.27361