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 Dunfermline West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Rachel Squire Labour 16,370 52.8 -0.3
Brian Goodall SNP 5,390 17.4 -1.8
Russel McPhate Liberal Democrat 4,832 15.6 +2.0
James Mackie Conservative 3,166 10.2 -2.4
Catherine Stewart Scottish Socialist 746 2.4  
Alastair Harper UK Independence 471 1.5  
Majority 10,980 35.4
Turnout 30,975 57.1 -12.2
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.1% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 9.5% from SNP to Labour

The seat of Dunfermline West contains all of the town of Dunfermline as well as territory on the north bank of the Firth of Forth. It takes in the affluent villages of Limekilns, Crossford and Cairneyhill, but also includes coalfield communities such as High Valley, Torryburn and Oakley.

Dunfermline was once Scotland's capital city and eight kings are buried here, amongst them Robert the Bruce, but today its grandeur has all but disappeared and it has become just another light industrial, mainly working-class town. Textiles, engineering and the manufacture of synthetic materials are the main industries, although the seat also contains rural areas.

One of the greatest problems for Dunfermline West over recent years has been the severe decline in business for the Rosyth dockyards and closure of the naval base there. However, various business innovation projects have been set up in the area, to encourage the development of new industries. Rosyth is also going to be transformed into an international ferry port, and services to Europe are projected to start in 2002.

The people of Dunfermline have elected Labour MPs since 1935, however Labourís position has not been quite as solid here as in neighbouring Dunfermline East.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Dunfermline West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Rachel Squire Labour 19,338 53.1
John Lloyd SNP 6,984 19.2
Elizabeth Harris Liberal Democrat 4,963 13.6
Kevin Newton Conservative 4,606 12.6
James Bain Referendum 543 1.5
Majority 12,354 33.9
Turnout 36,434 69.3
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Dunfermline West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Scott Barrie Labour 13,560 44.2
Douglas Chapman SNP 8,539 27.8
Elizabeth Harris Liberal Democrat 5,591 18.2
James Mackie Conservative 2,981 9.7
Majority 5,021 16.4
Turnout 30,671 57.1