Dunfermline (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
Dunfermline is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, it is one of nine constituencies in the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
Bill Walker narrowly won the seat for the Scottish National Party in 2011, however he resigned after being convicted of assault charges in 2013. This led to the Dunfermline by-election, 2013, in which Labour's Cara Hilton was elected, defeating the SNP's Shirley-Anne Somerville. However Somerville subsequently ousted Hilton in the 2016 election.
The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Cowdenbeath, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, North East Fife, Perthshire North, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire and Stirling.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Dunfermline constituency is formed from the following electoral wards;
- In full: West Fife and Coastal Villages, Dunfermline North, Dunfermline Central, Dunfermline South
- In part: The Lochs (shared with Cowdenbeath)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|2011||Bill Walker||Scottish National Party|
|2013||Cara Hilton||Scottish Labour Party|
|2016||Shirley-Anne Somerville||Scottish National Party|
|Liberal Democrats||James Calder||3,156||9.6||-10.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+5.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Susan Leslie||2,852||11.78||-7.92|
|Scottish Green||Zara Kitson||593||2.45||N/A|
|Labour gain from SNP||Swing||+6.94|
|Liberal Democrats||Jim Tolson||5,776||19.7||-13.5|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+5.4|