Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (UK Parliament constituency)
|Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in Scotland.
|Member of parliament||Roger Mullin (SNP)|
|Created from||Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline East|
|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 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.
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.
Members of Parliament
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, 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.
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
|Labour Co-op||Kenny Selbie||17,654||33.4||-31.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Callum David Leslie||1,150||2.3||-7.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+34.6|
1 Comparison of majority not useful when seat changes hands.
|General Election 2010: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
|Liberal Democrat||John Mainland||4,269||9.3||-3.7|
|Land Party||Derek Jackson||57||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Cole-Hamilton||5,450||13.0||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Steve West||666||1.6||N/A|
|Scottish Senior Citizens||James Parker||425||1.0||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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- "Brown to remain as backbench MP", BBC News, 13 May 2010
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- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
|Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Edinburgh South West