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 Kirkcaldy
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Lewis Moonie Labour 15,227 54.1 +0.5
Shirley-Anne Somerville SNP 6,264 22.2 -0.7
Scott Campbell Conservative 3,013 10.7 -3.0
Andrew Weston Liberal Democrat 2,849 10.1 +1.4
Douglas Kinnear Scottish Socialist 804 2.9  
Majority 8,963 31.8
Turnout 28,157 54.6 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from SNP to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.7% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 8.1% from SNP to Labour

Description
Kirkcaldy is a coastal seat which includes some not unpleasant seaside resorts, and has been held by Labour since 1945. Yet while Kirkcaldy and its environs may be a coastal area, it is industrial first and foremost. Tourism plays second fiddle to both heavy and light industries, although the decline of coal mining and linoleum manufacture, on which Kirkcaldy really grew, has led to above-average unemployment.

Kirkcaldy (which boasts a four-mile long esplanade built in the 1920s partly to relieve unemployment at that time), 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 Kirkcaldy, birthplace of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, has not been won by a Tory for over 60 years. Despite this, the local Labour council has honoured the town's most famous son with an Adam Smith museum.

The sitting Labour MP, Dr Lewis Moonie, has held the seat since 1987. The SNP are the second place party here, and they managed to take votes from Labour in 1992, but 1997 saw a 3.8% swing back to Labour.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Kirkcaldy
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Lewis Moonie Labour 18,730 53.6
Stewart Hosie SNP 8,020 22.9
Charlotte Black Conservative 4,779 13.7
John Mainland Liberal Democrat 3,031 8.7
Victor Baxter Referendum 413 1.2
Majority 10,710 30.6
Turnout 34,973 66.9
1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election
 Kirkcaldy
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Marilyn Livingstone Labour 13,645 48.1
Stewart Hosie SNP 9,170 32.4
Michael Scott-Hayward Conservative 2,907 10.3
John Mainland Liberal Democrat 2,620 9.2
Majority 4,475 15.7
Turnout 28,342 54.3
 
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