North East Fife (UK Parliament constituency)

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North East Fife
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North East Fife in Scotland.
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Stephen Gethins (SNP)
Created from East Fife
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

North East Fife is a county constituency in Fife, Scotland, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Stephen Gethins since 2015.

At the 2017 General Election, two votes separated the SNP and the Liberal Democrat candidates out of 41,822 cast. The seat became the most marginal nationally.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2005: North East Fife District.

2005-present: The area of the Fife Council other than those parts in the constituencies of Dunfermline and West Fife, Glenrothes, and Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

North East Fife constituency is in the region of Fife in Scotland. Fife has the River Tay on its northern coast, and the Firth of Forth to the south. The famous golf and university town of St Andrews is the major settlement in the seat. Others include Cupar, Newport-on-Tay, Newburgh, Auchtermuchty, and Anstruther.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Barry Henderson Conservative
1987 Menzies Campbell Liberal
1992 Liberal Democrats
2015 Stephen Gethins SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2017 general election[edit]

North East Fife was the most marginal result in the whole country at the 2017 general election, with incumbent SNP MP Stephen Gethins seeing his majority cut from 4,344 votes (9.6%) to just 2 votes (0.0%) ahead of the Liberal Democrats, the most marginal result in a constituency in the UK since the result in Winchester at the 1997 general election,[2] although the Winchester result was subsequently declared void. The last two vote majority to stand was at Ilkeston in 1931.

The result was declared after three recounts. The defeated Scottish Liberal Democrats announced on 16 June 2017 that they would not challenge the result in court.

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, stated "We have decided there is insufficient evidence to justify a lengthy and expensive legal challenge. It would be expensive for us, expensive to the taxpayer and an inconvenience to the voters, so we could not sanction that without sufficient evidence to warrant it."[3]

General Election 2017: North East Fife[4][5][6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Stephen Gethins 13,743 32.9 -8.0
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Riches 13,741 32.9 +1.5
Conservative Tony Miklinski 10,088 24.1 +7.8
Labour Rosalind Garton 4,026 9.6 +1.9
Independent Sovereign Democratic Britain Mike Scott-Hayward 224 0.5 N/A
Majority 2 0.0 -9.6
Turnout 41,822 71.3 -1.7
SNP hold Swing -4.8

2015 general election[edit]

General Election 2015: North East Fife[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Stephen Gethins 18,523 40.9 +26.7
Liberal Democrat Tim Brett 14,179 31.3 −13.0
Conservative Huw Bell 7,373 16.3 −5.5
Labour Brian Thomson 3,476 7.7 −9.5
Scottish Green Andrew Collins 1,387 3.1 N/A
Independent Mike Scott-Hayward 325 0.7 N/A
Majority 4,344 9.6
Turnout 45,263 73.0 +6.4
SNP gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +19.9

2010 general election[edit]

General Election 2010: North East Fife[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Menzies Campbell 17,763 44.3 −7.8
Conservative Miles Briggs 8,715 21.8 +2.3
Labour Mark Hood 6,869 17.1 +4.4
SNP Roderick Campbell 5,685 14.2 +3.8
UKIP Mike Scott-Hayward 1,032 2.6 +1.2
Majority 9,048 22.6 -10.0
Turnout 40,064 63.6 +1.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −5.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

2005 general election[edit]

In 2005 the ward of Leven East was incorporated into this constituency from what was Central Fife.

General Election 2005: North East Fife (new boundaries)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Menzies Campbell 20,088 52.1 N/A
Conservative Mike Scott-Hayward 7,517 19.5 N/A
Labour Tony King 4,920 12.8 N/A
SNP Roderick Campbell 4,011 10.4 N/A
Scottish Green James Park 1,071 2.8 N/A
UKIP Duncan Pickard 533 1.4 N/A
Scottish Socialist Jack Ferguson 416 1.1 N/A
Majority 12,571 32.6 +4.5
Turnout 38,556 62.1 N/A

2001 general election[edit]

General Election 2001: North East Fife[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Menzies Campbell 17,926 51.7 +0.5
Conservative Mike Scott-Hayward 8,190 23.6 −2.9
Labour Claire Brennan 3,950 11.4 +1.1
SNP Kris Murray-Browne 3,596 10.4 −0.5
Scottish Socialist Keith White 610 1.8 N/A
Legalise Cannabis Leslie Von Goetz 420 1.2 N/A
Majority 9,736 28.1 +3.4
Turnout 34,692 56.0 −14.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

1997 general election[edit]

General Election 1997: North East Fife[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Menzies Campbell 21,432 51.2 +4.8
Conservative Adam Bruce 11,076 26.5 −12.0
SNP Colin Welsh 4,545 10.8 +2.2
Labour Charles Milne 4,301 10.3 +4.8
Referendum William Stewart 485 1.2 N/A
Majority 10,356 24.7 +16.8
Turnout 41,839 70.5 −7.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +8.4

1992 general election[edit]

General Election 1992: North East Fife[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Menzies Campbell 19,430 46.4 +1.6
Conservative Mary Scanlon 16,122 38.5 −2.7
SNP David Roche 3,589 8.6 +2.0
Labour Lynda Clark 2,319 5.5 −1.9
Scottish Green Tim Flynn 294 0.7
Liberal David Senior 85 0.2
Majority 3,308 7.9 +4.3
Turnout 41,839 77.8 +1.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

1987 general election[edit]

General Election 1987: North East Fife[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Menzies Campbell 17,868 44.8 +4.6
Conservative Barry Henderson 16,421 41.2 −4.9
Labour Anthony Michael Edward Gannon 2,947 7.4 +0.9
SNP Francis David Roche 2,616 6.6 0.0
Majority 1,447 3.6
Turnout 39,852 76.2 +2.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing 4.8

1983 general election[edit]

General Election 1983: North East Fife[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Henderson 17,129 46.1 +3.1
Liberal Menzies Campbell 14,944 40.2 +17.2
SNP John Hulbert 2,442 6.6 −7.7
Labour David Caldwell 2,429 6.5 −13.4
Ecology Timothy Flinn 242 0.6
Majority 2,185 5.9 −14.1
Turnout 37,186 73.7 −5.3
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
  2. ^ "General election 2017: SNP wins Fife North East seat by just two votes". BBC. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  3. ^ "Lib Dems will not challenge two-vote margin in Fife". BBC. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ "The full list of the Labour Party's general election candidates in Scotland". LabourList. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2017-05-09. North East Fife – Rosalind Garton
  5. ^ "SNP confirms Stephen Gethins to stand as Westminster candidate". Fife Herald. Johnston Press. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2017-05-09. Stephen Gethins has been confirmed as the SNP candidate for North East Fife, aiming to return as its MP two years after first being elected.
  6. ^ "Tony Miklinski for North East Fife". North East Fife Conservative and Unionist Association. 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-09. Tony Miklinski is the Scottish Conservative & Unionist candidate for North East Fife in the General Election.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Riches selected to fight North East Fife". Liberal Democrat Voice. 2017-04-28. Retrieved 2017-05-09. Former Fife Councillor and Depute Council Leader Elizabeth Riches has been selected to fight North East Fife.
  8. ^ "UK PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL for the CONSTITUENCIES OF DUNFERMLINE AND WEST FIFE; GLENROTHES; KIRKCALDY AND COWDENBEATH; AND NORTH EAST FIFE" (PDF). Fife Council. 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-12. The following persons have been and now stand nominated for election as a Member to serve in the UK Parliament for the above constituencies:
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&p2sid=10CC3530-AA3B-9CCD-63F538B9ABCE0DB5&themeid=2B892409-722D-4F61-B1CC-7DE81CC06A90
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

Coordinates: 56°18′57″N 2°57′55″W / 56.31583°N 2.96528°W / 56.31583; -2.96528