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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Fife North East
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Iain Smith
LD
13479
46.0
+6.5
Ted Brocklebank
CON
8424
28.8
+4.0
Capre Ross-Williams
SNP
3660
12.5
-6.0
Gregor Poynton
LAB
2353
8.0
-7.0
Carlo Morelli
SSP
1366
4.7
+4.7
MAJORITY 
5055
17.3
TURNOUT 
29282
49.9
ELECTORATE
58695

DESCRIPTION: Fife North East
Of the five Fife constituencies this is the only one not held by Labour. With prime farmland, popular tourist resorts and elegant market towns, it was a Tory seat up until 1987, but since then it has been held at Westminster by the Liberal Democrats. It contains some of the best groomed towns in Scotland. Cupar, the capital of Fife, is a bustling market town but the most famous town in the seat, St Andrews, is perhaps the most conservative.

The MP is Lib Dem deputy federal leader Menzies Campbell. He was returned with a majority of more than 28% at the 2001 general election. Iain Smith was elected the MSP in 1999 with a majority of 5,000. The Conservatives were the second party here but they would need a swing of over 7% to win the seat - unlikely in their current state. This is not natural Labour territory but Fife North East does seem to be a good training ground for future Labour MPs - Henry McLeish, Helen Liddell and Lynda Clark have all been candidates here.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
13590
37.8
CON
8526
23.7
SNP
6373
17.7
LAB
5175
14.4
IND
1540
4.3
IND
737
2.1
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
17926
51.7
CON
8190
23.6
LAB
3950
11.4
SNP
3596
10.4
SSP
610
1.8
CAN
420
1.2
Vote Scotland 2003

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