Kirkcaldy (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
Kirkcaldy 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 nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, North East Fife, Perthshire North, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire and Stirling.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of a pre-existing Westminster (House of Commons) constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies. The Kirkcaldy Westminster constituency was divided between Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.
In boundary changes that took effect at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the newly drawn Kirkcaldy was formed from the following electoral wards:
- In full: Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy, Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages, Kirkcaldy North, Kirkcaldy Central, Kirkcaldy East
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|2011||David Torrance||Scottish National Party|
|Liberal Democrats||Lauren Jones||1,219||3.9||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||John Mainland||820||2.9||-10.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+6.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Alice Soper||3,361||13.9||+2.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Cole-Hamilton||2,417||11.0||+1.8|
|Scottish Socialist||Rudi Vogels||1,544||7.0||+7.0|
|Liberal Democrats||John Mainland||2,620||9.24||N/A|