|Member of the Scottish Parliament
25 October 2013 – 24 March 2016
|Preceded by||Bill Walker|
|Succeeded by||Shirley-Anne Somerville|
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
Hilton was the Labour candidate at the Dunfermline by-election on 20 October 2013. She won by a majority of more than 2,800 votes, overturning a previous SNP majority of 590. This was the first time ever that Labour had won a parliamentary seat (in either the UK or Scottish parliaments) from the SNP at a by-election.
In her victory speech, Hilton praised the courage of preceding MSP Bill Walker's ex-wives. Walker's conviction for assault against his former wives had led to his resignation from parliament, causing the by-election. Alex Salmond accused her of running a dishonest campaign, including the circulation of a leaflet criticised by the SNP as "demonstrably untrue".
In the Scottish Parliament election of 2016, Hilton lost her seat to the SNP's Shirley-Anne Somerville, who she had previously defeated at the by-election three years earlier. Along with the loss of the neighbouring Cowdenbeath constituency, this left the Labour Party without parliamentary representation in Fife for the first time since 1910.
- "Labour and SNP pick Dunfermline by-election candidates". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "Cara Hilton picked as Labour candidate for Dunfermline by-election". STV News. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "New Dunfermline MSP praises 'bravery' of Bill Walker's ex-wives". 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "Labour campaign leaflet brings claims of panic". 22 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
- "Dunfermline & West Fife parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
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