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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Fife Central
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Christine May
LAB
10591
41.4
-15.9
Tricia Marwick
SNP
7829
30.6
-0.3
Andrew Rodger
IND
2258
8.8
+8.8
Malcolm North
CON
1803
7.0
+1.2
Elizabeth Riches
LD
1725
6.7
+0.8
Morag Balfour
SSP
1391
5.4
+5.4
MAJORITY 
2762
10.8
TURNOUT 
25597
44.4
ELECTORATE
57633

DESCRIPTION: Fife Central
The earlier Fife Central was until 1983 centred on the old Fife coalfield, but this redrawn seat is based upon the new town of Glenrothes and the industrial ports of Leven and Methil. The main industries were once coal and linoleum, but Glenrothes is now a centre for the electronics industry. Off-shore oil industries are also important.

Fife Central has a radical tradition and a history of Labour representation. Henry McLeish, the former first minister, was the MP from 1987-2001, and became the MSP in 1999. Following the “Officegate” scandal and intense pressure from within the Labour Party, he opted to stand down at these elections. The Labour candidate is Fife Council leader Christine May. However, the McLeish-related controversy could mean she will not get an easy ride.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18828
57.3
SNP
10153
30.9
LD
1953
5.9
CON
1918
5.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18310
56.3
SNP
8235
25.3
LD
2775
8.5
CON
2351
7.2
SSP
841
2.6
Vote Scotland 2003

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