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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Dunfermline East
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Helen Eadie
LAB
11552
49.9
-6.0
Janet Law
SNP
4262
18.4
-8.2
Stuart Randall
CON
2485
10.7
+0.9
Brian Walker Stewart
ICLH
1890
8.2
+8.2
Linda Graham
SSP
1537
6.6
+6.6
Rodger Spillane
LD
1428
6.2
-1.5
MAJORITY 
7290
31.5
TURNOUT 
23154
45.2
ELECTORATE
51220

DESCRIPTION: Dunfermline East
The title of this seat is something of a misnomer, since no part of Dunfermline town is actually located here. Instead, Cowdenbeath is the largest town and most of the seat's area was once part of the Fife coalfield, on the north bank of the Firth of Forth. Economically the region has had its troubles, and matters have not been helped by the closure of the Rosyth naval base and the troubles at the naval dockyard. However, in February 2002 Intelligent Finance announced plans for a customer contact centre at Rosyth Europarc with the creation of 600 jobs.

This has been one of Labourís safest seats in Scotland. There has been a Labour MP for this area since 1950. Gordon Brown, the chancellor, has been the MP since 1983 and his majority at the last general election was over 15,000. Labourís Helen Eadie won the Holyrood seat at the 1999 election.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16576
55.9
SNP
7877
26.6
CON
2931
9.9
LD
2275
7.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19487
64.8
SNP
4424
14.7
CON
2838
9.4
LD
2281
7.6
SSP
770
2.6
UKIP
286
1
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