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 Fife Central
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John MacDougall Labour 18,310 56.3 -2.4
David Alexander SNP 8,235 25.3 +0.3
Elizabeth Riches Liberal Democrat 2,775 8.5 +2.1
Jeremy Balfour Conservative 2,351 7.2 -1.8
Morag Balfour Scottish Socialist 841 2.6  
Majority 10,075 31.0
Turnout 32,512 54.6 -15.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Labour to SNP
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 2.3% from SNP to Labour

Description
The earlier Fife Central was centred until 1983 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 diversification has taken place to the extent that Glenrothes has become a centre for the electronics industry and even holds the European headquarters of the Californian Hughes Electronics company.

Off-shore oil industries are also important to the region, and a small amount of tourism helps the local Leven economy.

Fife Central has a radical tradition and a history of Labour representation. The Scottish First Minister, Henry McLeish, became MP here in 1987, when the maverick Labour MP Willie Hamilton stood down.

Unsurprisingly, Mr McLeish is standing down at the next election to focus on the Scottish Parliament.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Fife Central
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Henry McLeish Labour 23,912 58.7
Tricia Marwick SNP 10,199 25.0
Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative 3,669 9.0
Ross Laird Liberal Democrat 2,610 6.4
John Scrymgeour-Wedderburn Referendum 375 0.9
Majority 13,713 33.6
Turnout 40,765 69.8
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Fife Central
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Henry McLeish Labour 18,828 57.3
Tricia Marwick SNP 10,153 30.9
Jane Ann Liston Liberal Democrat 1,953 5.9
Keith Harding Conservative 1,918 5.8
Majority 8,675 26.4
Turnout 32,852 55.1
 
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