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
Created 2005
Member of parliament Roger Mullin (SNP)
Created from Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline East
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

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.

Boundaries[edit]

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 former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who had previously represented Dunfermline East from 1983 to 2005. At the general election of 2010, Brown was re-elected to parliament, but was defeated as prime minister, and soon resigned as Labour Party leader. 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 that year.

Election Member[3] Party
2005 Gordon Brown Labour
2010
2015 Roger Mullin SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[4][5][6]
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[7] 1,237 2.3 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Callum David Leslie 1,150 2.3 -7.1
Majority 9,974 18.9 n/a 1
Turnout 52,892 69.6 +7.4
SNP gain from Labour Swing +34.6

1 Comparison of majority not useful when seat changes hands.

General Election 2010: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rt Hon Gordon Brown 29,559 64.5 +6.4
SNP Douglas Chapman 6,550 14.3 -0.2
Liberal Democrat 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[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Brown 24,278 58.1 N/A
SNP Alan Bath 6,062 14.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat 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]

Notes[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sedgefield
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Witney
Preceded by
Dunfermline East
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Edinburgh South West

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