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)
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.


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

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
2015 Roger Mullin SNP

Election results[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.

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010 [8][9]
Turnout: 45,802 (62.2%) +3.8
Labour hold
Majority: 23,009 (50.2%) +6.4
Swing: +3.3% from SNP to Lab
Gordon Brown Labour 29,559 64.5 +6.4
Douglas Chapman SNP 6,550 14.3 −0.2
John Mainland Liberal Democrat 4,269 9.3 −3.7
Lindsay Paterson Conservative 4,258 9.3 −1.0
Peter Adams UKIP 760 1.7 +0.5
Susan Archibald Independent 184 0.4 N/A
Donald MacLaren Independent 165 0.4 N/A
Derek Jackson Land Party 57 0.1 N/A
General Election 2005 [10]
Turnout: 41,796 (58.4%)
Labour hold
Majority: 18,216 (43.6%)
Swing: +1.9% from SNP to Lab
Gordon Brown Labour 24,278 58.1 −0.4
Alan Bath SNP 6,062 14.5 −4.1
Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrat 5,450 13.0 +3.8
Stuart Randall Conservative 4,308 10.3 −0.3
Steve West Scottish Socialist 666 1.6 −1.1
Peter Adams UKIP 516 1.2 +0.8
James Parker Scottish Senior Citizens 425 1.0 N/A
Elizabeth Kwantes Independent 47 0.1 N/A
Pat Sargent Independent 44 0.1 N/A

See also[edit]


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