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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Dunfermline West
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Scott Barrie
LAB
8664
34.3
-9.9
David Wishart
ICLH
4584
18.2
+18.2
Brian Goodall
SNP
4372
17.4
-10.4
Jim Tolson
LD
3636
14.4
-3.8
Jim Mackie
CON
1868
7.4
-2.3
Andy Jackson
SSP
923
3.7
+3.7
Alastair Harper
IND
714
2.8
+2.8
Damien Quigg
IND
459
1.8
+1.8
MAJORITY 
4080
16.2
TURNOUT 
25240
46.8
ELECTORATE
53915

DESCRIPTION: Dunfermline West
Dunfermline West contains all of the town of Dunfermline as well as territory on the north bank of the Firth of Forth. It was once Scotland's capital city and eight kings are buried there, amongst them Robert the Bruce. Textiles, engineering and the manufacture of synthetic materials are the main industries, although the seat also contains rural areas.

Voters here have been electing Labour MPs since 1935. However, Labour support is not quite as solid here as it is in neighbouring Dunfermline East. The SNP jumped from third to second place here in 1997. The party hopes to capitalise on local disquiet over the decision made by Fife Health Board in March 2002 to close the A&E department at Dunfermline's Queen Margaret Hospital. The nearest casualty department will be at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13560
44.2
SNP
8539
27.8
LD
5591
18.2
CON
2981
9.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16370
52.8
SNP
5390
17.4
LD
4832
15.6
CON
3166
10.2
SSP
746
2.4
UKIP
471
1.5
Vote Scotland 2003

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