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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Kirkcaldy
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Marilyn Livingston
LAB
10235
46.7
-1.5
Colin Welsh
SNP
5411
24.7
-7.7
Alex Cole-Hamilton
LD
2417
11.0
+1.8
Mike Scott-Hayward
CON
2332
10.6
+0.4
Rudi Vogels
SSP
1544
7.0
+7.0
MAJORITY 
4824
22.0
TURNOUT 
21939
44.2
ELECTORATE
49653

DESCRIPTION: Kirkcaldy
A coastal seat which includes some popular seaside resorts, Kircaldy has been safely held by Labour since 1945. Though coastal, it is industrial first and foremost. Tourism plays second fiddle to both heavy and light industries, although their decline has led to above-average unemployment. Kirkcaldy, Burntisland and Kinghorn are on the coast but Kirkcaldy itself could not be classed as a resort. One of the ironies of this seat is that the town, birthplace of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, has not been won by a Tory for over 60 years - and it may well be as long before a Tory wins here again.

Marilyn Livingstone, subsequently convener of the Labour group at Holyrood, won the Holyrood seat for Labour with a reduced majority, compared to 1997, of 4,475 votes. This was put down largely to a reduced turnout rather than significant SNP inroads. Employment in the post-industrial age is an issue here; the constituency has been the winner, however, in the bitter battle over hospital provision, with Fife Health Board's plan to centralise A&E cover here rather than in neighbouring Dunfermline.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13645
48.1
SNP
9170
32.4
CON
2907
10.3
LD
2620
9.2
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
15227
54.1
SNP
6264
22.2
CON
3013
10.7
LD
2849
10.1
SSP
804
2.9
Vote Scotland 2003

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