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List of by-election candidates
Polling place
Nine candidates will contest the seat on 9 February
Voters go to the polls on Thursday, 9 February, to elect a new member of parliament for the Westminster seat of Dunfermline and West Fife.

The by-election resulted from the death of Labour's Rachel Squire on 6 January.

At the 2005 General Election, Ms Squire held the seat for Labour with a majority of 11,562. The turnout was 42,394 or 59.9% of the electorate.

The candidates for the by-election are listed in alphabetical order, as provided by the returning officer.


  • Ian Borland - UKIP Scotland

  • Douglas Chapman - Scottish National Party

  • James Hargreaves - Scottish Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"

  • John McAllion - Scottish Socialist Party

  • Thomas Minogue - Abolish Forth Bridge Tolls Party

  • Willie Rennie - Scottish Liberal Democrats

  • Dick Rodgers - The Common Good

  • Carrie Ruxton - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

  • Catherine Stihler - Scottish Labour Party

The 2005 result was as follows:

Rachel Squire (Labour) 20,111 votes, a 47.4% share of the vote; David Herbert (Liberal Democrats) 8,549 votes, a 20.2% share of the vote; Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party) 8,026 votes, a 18.9% share of the vote; Roger Smillie (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party) 4,376 votes, a 10.3% share of the vote; Susan Archibald (Scottish Socialist Party) 689 votes, a 1.6% share of the vote; Ian Borland (UKIP) 643, 1.5% share of the vote.


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