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
Created from West 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]

1974-1983: The Burghs of Cowdenbeath, Leslie, Lochgelly, and Markinch; the Districts of Glenrothes and Lochgelly; and the District of Kirkcaldy electoral divisions of Markinch North and Markinch South.

1983-1997: The Kirkcaldy District electoral divisions of Denbeath/Aberhill; Mountfleurie/Methilhill/Methil North; Leven; Kennoway/Windygates; Leslie/Markinch Star; Auchmuty/Woodside; Pitteuchar/Stenton/Balgonie; South Parks/Rimbleton; and Southwood/Caskieberran.

1997-2005: The Kirkcaldy District electoral divisions of Methil, Denbeath and Muiredge; Methilhill and Mountfleurie; Leven; Kennoway and Windygates; Markinch, Pitcoudie and Star; Auchmuty, Woodside and Coaltown of Balgonie; Pitleuchar and Stenton; Rimbleton and South Parks; Glenwood and Newcastle; and Leslie and Collydean.

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Elections[edit]

Elections of the 1970s[edit]

General Election February 1974: Central Fife[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Willie Hamilton 24,418 53.3 N/A
SNP David Veitch Livingstone 10,324 22.5 N/A
Conservative Stephen Ronald Eyres 9,098 19.8 N/A
Communist Alexander Maxwell 2,019 4.4 N/A
Majority 14,094 30.7 N/A
Turnout 45,859 79.2 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election October 1974: Central Fife[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Willie Hamilton 22,400 51.9 −1.4
SNP David Veitch Livingstone 14,414 33.4 +7.9
Conservative Peter Derek Clarke 5,308 12.3 −7.5
Communist Alexander Maxwell 1,040 2.4 −2.0
Majority 7,986 18.5
Turnout 43,162 73.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Central Fife[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Willie Hamilton 27,619 58.0 +6.1
Conservative Iain Allistair McCrone 9,597 20.2 +7.9
SNP James Lynch 9,208 19.4 −14.0
Communist Alexander Maxwell 1,172 2.5 +0.1
Majority 18,022 37.9
Turnout 47,596 77.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Central Fife[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Willie Hamilton 17,008 43.1
Liberal Mrs. Teresa Martin Little 9,214 23.4 N/A
Conservative Douglas Calder Mason 8,863 22.5
SNP James Hand Taggart 4,039 10.2
Ecology David Alisdair Allison 297 0.8 N/A
Majority 7,794 19.8
Turnout 39,421 72.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1987: Central Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Henry McLeish 22,827 53.4 +10.3
Conservative Richard Erskine Aird 7,118 16.7 −5.8
Liberal Mrs. Teresa Martin Little 6,487 15.2 −8.2
SNP Dan Hood 6,296 14.7 +4.5
Majority 15,709 36.8 +17.0
Turnout 42,728 72.6
Labour hold Swing +8.0

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

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 Mrs. Carol Ellen Cender 7,353 17.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Craig Thomas Alexander Harrow 2,892 6.9 −8.3
Majority 10,578 25.3 −11.4
Turnout 41,739 74.3
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1997: Central Fife
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Henry McLeish 23,912 58.7 +7.9
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 John Frederick Scrymgeour-Wedderburn 375 0.9 N/A
Majority 13,713 33.6 +8.3
Turnout 40,765 69.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

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

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