Glenrothes (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 56°11′49″N 3°10′23″W / 56.197°N 3.173°W / 56.197; -3.173

County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Glenrothes in Scotland.
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Lindsay Roy (Labour)
Created from Central Fife
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Glenrothes is a British Parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons. It was created for the 2005 general election.

The seat is currently held by Lindsay Roy, of the Scottish Labour party. He held the seat in the 2010 general election, with a greatly increased margin.


The current boundaries centre on Glenrothes itself, moving south and west to include Cardenden, and a small section of Kirkcaldy. The northern and western areas include Leslie, and Markinch. In the east, the seat contains Kennoway and Methil.


Glenrothes was created for the 2005 general election, mostly replacing Central Fife, but incorporating small parts of Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline East.

Creation in 2005-2008[edit]

The first holder of the newly created seat was John MacDougall, who died 13 August 2008,[1] triggering a by-election.


In the 2008 by election Lindsay Roy was elected, the Labour majority falling by around 4000 votes, with the Labour vote increasing by 3%, the SNP making significant gains from the lower-placed Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates.[2]

2010 General election[edit]

With the 2010 election, the Labour share of the vote increased by 10% at the expense of the SNP candidate. The winner's total reached 62% of the votes cast which places the seat in the top decile of seats won and therefore indicates a safe seat majority. Relative to the 2005 general election the swing against the SNP was less accentuated than relative to the by-election at 4.45% of the vote on the standard two-party measure of swing, which is comparable to the national swing.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
2005 John MacDougall Labour
2008 by-election Lindsay Roy Labour


General Election 2015: Glenrothes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Melanie Ward
SNP Peter Grant
Liberal Democrat Jane Ann Liston[4]
Conservative Alex Stewart-Clark[5]
General Election 2010: Glenrothes[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lindsay Roy 25,247 62.3 +10.4
SNP David Alexander 8799 21.7 -1.6
Liberal Democrat Harry Wills 3108 7.7 -5.0
Conservative Sheila Low 2922 7.2 +0.1
UKIP Kris Seunarine 425 1.0 -0.1
Majority 16,448 40.6
Turnout 40,501 59.7 +3.5
Glenrothes by-election, 2008[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lindsay Roy 19,946 55.1 +3.2
SNP Peter Grant 13,209 36.5 +13.1
Conservative Maurice Golden 1,381 3.8 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Harry Wills 947 2.6 -10.1
Scottish Senior Citizens Jim Parker 296 1.0 N/A
Scottish Socialist Morag Balfour 212 0.6 -1.3
UKIP Kris Seunarine 117 0.3 -0.9
Solidarity Louise McLeary 87 0.2 N/A
Majority 6,737 18.6 N/A
Turnout 36,219 52.37 -3.7
General Election 2005: Glenrothes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John MacDougall 19,395 51.9 N/A
SNP John Beare 8,731 23.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Riches 4,728 12.7 N/A
Conservative Belinda Don 2,651 7.1 N/A
Scottish Pensioners Party George Rodger 716 1.9 N/A
Scottish Socialist Morag Balfour 705 1.9 N/A
UKIP Paul Smith 440 1.2 N/A
Majority 10,664 28.5 N/A
Turnout 37,366 56.1 N/A