Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath

Parliamentary constituency
SNP GAIN FROM LAB

Results

Scottish National Party
, with candidate Roger Mullin
, have the following results:
  • 27,628 total votes taken.
  • 52.2% share of the total vote
  • +37.9% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Kenny Selbie
, have the following results:
  • 17,654 total votes taken.
  • 33.4% share of the total vote
  • -31.2% change in share of the votes
Conservative
, with candidate Dave Dempsey
, have the following results:
  • 5,223 total votes taken.
  • 9.9% share of the total vote
  • +0.6% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Jack Neill
, have the following results:
  • 1,237 total votes taken.
  • 2.3% share of the total vote
  • +0.7% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Callum Leslie
, have the following results:
  • 1,150 total votes taken.
  • 2.2% share of the total vote
  • -7.1% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

SNP majority: 9,974 18.9%
Turnout
69.6%

Vote share

Party %
SNP 52.2
LAB 33.4
CON 9.9
UKIP 2.3
LD 2.2

Vote share change since 2010

-%
+%
SNP
+37.9
UKIP
+0.7
CON
+0.6
LD
-7.1
LAB
-31.2

Latest updates Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath

08.05.2015

11:15

SNP take Scotland's safest seat

The SNP take Gordon Brown's former constituency which had been the safest seat in Scotland.
04:12

@macdonke

Kenneth Macdonald
BBC Scotland Science Correspondent
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Tweets: That's all three seats here done and dusted. An SNP trifecta. #GE2015

02:59

@BBCsarahsmith

Sarah Smith
BBC Scotland news
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Tweets: Lab just lost their safest seat in Scotland. Weirdly their most marginal seat, Edin South, the only one they are confident of keeping

02:58

@macdonke

Kenneth Macdonald
BBC Scotland Science Correspondent
tweet

Tweets: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath - the second 35% swing of the night to the SNP here. It had been Labour for 80 years. #GE2015

02:58

@TimReidBBC

Tim Reid
Political correspondent, BBC News
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Tweets: Massive Labour loss in Gordon's Brown old seat Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath goes to SNP on a 35 percent swing

02:57

SNP wins Gordon Brown's old seat

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The SNP have won Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, which had been represented by former prime minister Gordon Brown in the last parliament.

The SNP's Roger Mullin took 27,628 votes - a swing from Labour to the SNP of 34.5%. An amazing swing but just short of the 34.9% in nearby Glenrothes.

02:55

Roger Mullin takes Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

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SNP Roger Mullin is an honorary professor at the University of Stirling. He has stood in four previous by-elections, including Paisley North by-election in 1990. He is a former vice-convenor of the SNP.

02:54
Breaking

SNP gain

SNP gain Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath from Labour

02:04

Turnout 70%

Ken Macdonald
BBC Scotland Special Correspondent
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Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath turnout: 70.0%.

(It was 62.3% in 2010)

01:43

SNP going for a treble

Ken Macdonald
BBC Scotland
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SNP Fife campaign co-ordinator David Torrance tells the BBC they will take all three seats here: Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath, Glenrothes and North-East Fife.

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Constituency profile

The economist Adam Smith and architect Robert Adam are among the most famous sons of Kirkcaldy, more recently represented at Westminster by former prime minister Gordon Brown, who grew up in the town. Nicknamed the "Lang Toun", the Fife settlement prospered through the Victorian boom in the textile, linoleum and coal industries. The service sector is now a significant employer.

Kirkcaldy is also home to Raith Rovers Football Club. The constituency, which occupies a long arc along the Firth of Forth, also takes in towns like Burntisland and Kinghorn. Cowdenbeath grew as a mining town in the late 19th century and most industry is now located on several industrial estates around the town.

The area has seen a number of constituency changes over the years. Mr Brown, who is standing down at the election, has held the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath since it was created in 2005.