Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in Scotland
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentLesley Laird (Labour)
Created fromKirkcaldy and Dunfermline East
European Parliament constituencyScotland

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath is a county constituency representing the areas around the towns of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, in Fife, Scotland, in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 2005 general election from most of the old Kirkcaldy constituency and parts of Dunfermline East constituency, and is currently represented in parliament by Lesley Laird of the Labour Party.


The Fife Council wards of Aberdour and Burntisland West; Auchtertool and Burntisland East; Ballingry and Lochore; Bennochy and Valley; Cowdenbeath Central; Crosshill and Lochgelly North; Dalgety Bay East; Dalgety Bay West and Hillend; Dunnikier; Dysart and Gallatown; Glebe Park, Pathhead and Sinclairtown; Hayfield and Balsusney; Kelty; Kinghorn and Invertiel; Linktown and Kirkcaldy Central; Lumphinnans and Lochgelly South; Oakfield and Cowdenbeath North; Raith and Longbraes; Smeaton and Overton; Templehall East; and Templehall West.

The constituency is bounded by Ochil and South Perthshire to the north, Dunfermline and West Fife to the west and Glenrothes to the east.

Along with Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, the towns of Burntisland, Dalgety Bay, Dysart, Kelty, and Lochgelly and the villages of Aberdour, Auchtertool, Ballingry, Crosshill, Glencraig, Kinghorn, Lochore and Lumphinnans make up the constituency.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

The first Member of Parliament after the seat's creation in 2005, was the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown; who had previously represented Dunfermline East from 1983 to 2005, and would later succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister in 2007. At the general election of 2010, Brown was re-elected as an MP, but was defeated as Prime Minister, and soon resigned as Leader of the Labour Party. He announced that he would continue to serve as an Opposition backbencher,[2] and did not retire from the Commons until the 2015 election, which he did not contest. On that occasion, the SNP won parliamentary representation in the area for the first time, in line with the party's landslide victory throughout Scotland at that election.

Election Member[3] Party
2005 Gordon Brown Labour
2015 Roger Mullin SNP
2017 Lesley Laird Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Gillian Cole-Hamilton
SNP Neale Hanvey
Labour Lesley Laird
Conservative Kathleen Leslie
Scottish Green Scott Rutherford
Brexit Party Mitch William
General election 2017: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lesley Laird 17,016 36.8 +3.5
SNP Roger Mullin 16,757 36.3 -16.0
Conservative Dave Dempsey 10,762 23.3 +13.4
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Wood 1,118 2.4 +0.2
UKIP David Coburn 540 1.2 -1.1
Majority 259 0.5
Turnout 46,193 63.5 -6.1
Labour gain from SNP Swing +9.8
General election 2015: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Roger Mullin 27,628 52.2 +37.9
Labour Co-op Kenny Selbie 17,654 33.4 -31.2
Conservative Dave Dempsey 5,223 9.9 +0.6
UKIP Jack Neill 1,237 2.3 +0.7
Liberal Democrats Callum Leslie 1,150 2.3 -7.1
Majority 9,974 18.9
Turnout 52,892 69.6 +7.4
SNP gain from Labour Swing +34.6
General election 2010: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[8][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Brown 29,559 64.5 +6.4
SNP Douglas Chapman 6,550 14.3 -0.2
Liberal Democrats John Mainland 4,269 9.3 -3.7
Conservative Lindsay Paterson 4,258 9.3 -1.0
UKIP Peter Adams 760 1.7 +0.5
Independent Susan Archibald 184 0.4 N/A
Independent Donald MacLaren 165 0.4 N/A
Land Party Derek Jackson 57 0.1 N/A
Majority 23,009 50.2 +6.4
Turnout 45,802 62.2 +3.8
Labour hold Swing +3.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Brown 24,278 58.1 N/A
SNP Alan Bath 6,062 14.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton 5,450 13.0 N/A
Conservative Stuart Randall 4,308 10.3 N/A
Scottish Socialist Steve West 666 1.6 N/A
UKIP Peter Adams 516 1.2 N/A
Scottish Senior Citizens James Parker 425 1.0 N/A
Independent Elizabeth Kwantes 47 0.1 N/A
Independent Pat Sargent 44 0.1 N/A
Majority 18,216 43.6 N/A
Turnout 41,796 58.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gordon Brown Constituency Website". Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Brown to remain as backbench MP", BBC News, 13 May 2010
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)
  4. ^ "General Election 12 December 2019". Fife Council. Fife Council. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b Fife Council, Elections (7 July 2014). "Elections - The Scottish Independence Referendum Results 2014".
  7. ^ "Candidates to be MP (PPCs) for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in the UK 2015 general election". YourNextMP.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dunfermline East
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Edinburgh South West

Coordinates: 56°05′57″N 3°16′25″W / 56.09917°N 3.27361°W / 56.09917; -3.27361