Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (UK Parliament constituency)
|Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in Scotland.
|Member of parliament||Lesley Laird (Labour)|
|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, 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.
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 Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, 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, 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.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Malcolm Wood||1,118||2.4||+0.2|
|Labour gain from SNP||Swing||+9.8|
|Labour Co-op||Kenny Selbie||17,654||33.4||-31.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Callum Leslie||1,150||2.3||-7.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+34.6|
1 Comparison of majority not useful when seat changes hands.
|Liberal Democrat||John Mainland||4,269||9.3||-3.7|
|Land Party||Derek Jackson||57||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|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)|
- "Gordon Brown Constituency Website". Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
- "Brown to remain as backbench MP", BBC News, 13 May 2010
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Candidates to be MP (PPCs) for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in the UK 2015 General Election". YourNextMP.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. 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