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Glenrothes

2010 Results:
Conservative: 2922 (7.21%)
Labour: 25247 (62.34%)
Liberal Democrat: 3108 (7.67%)
SNP: 8799 (21.73%)
UKIP: 425 (1.05%)
Majority: 16448 (40.61%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 19395 (51.9%)
SNP: 8731 (23.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4728 (12.7%)
Conservative: 2651 (7.1%)
Other: 1861 (5%)
Majority: 10664 (28.5%)

Boundary changes prior to 2005 election: Name of seat changed from Fife Central.

2001 Result
Conservative: 2351 (7.2%)
Labour: 18310 (56.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 2775 (8.5%)
SNP: 8235 (25.3%)
Other: 841 (2.6%)
Majority: 10075 (31%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 3669 (9%)
Labour: 23912 (58.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 2610 (6.4%)
SNP: 10199 (25%)
Referendum: 375 (0.9%)
Majority: 13713 (33.6%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: Glenrothes is the administrative centre of Fife. It was originally built as a new town in the 1940s and 1950s to support a massive new coal mine, the Rothes Colliery. Incessent flooding though forced the closure of the mine in 1961 after only 4 years operation, halting development and devasting the local economy. In hindsight the closure of the mine forced Glenrothes went down a far more favourable path – becoming a successful centre for high tech industry and manufacturing and going through subsequent periods of development and expansion in the 1960s. It is a typical newtown, characterised by modern, low-rise housing, often built in parkland environments festooned with concrete public art.

As well as Glenrothes itself the constituency includes the surrounding villages, including Cardenden, Leslie, markinch, and Kennoway.

The seat and its predecessor Central Fife have both been safely Labour seats. However, the Central Fife seat in the Scottish Parliament, now contested on different boundaries, was in 2007 won by the SNP.

portraitCurrent MP: Lindsay Roy(Labour) Former rector of Kirkcaldy High School, Gordon Brown`s alma mater. Awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to education. First elected as MP for Glenrothes in 2008 by-election.

2010 election candidates:
portraitSheila Low (Conservative)
portraitLindsay Roy(Labour) Former rector of Kirkcaldy High School, Gordon Brown`s alma mater. Awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to education. First elected as MP for Glenrothes in 2008 by-election.
portraitHarry Wills (Liberal Democrat)
portraitDavid Alexander (SNP)
portraitDr Kris Seunarine (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 88308
Male: 47.9%
Female: 52.1%
Under 18: 24.7%
Over 60: 20.3%
Born outside UK: 2.4%
White: 98.8%
Asian: 0.7%
Mixed: 0.2%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 55.1%
Muslim: 0.6%
Graduates 16-74: 10.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 38.2%
Owner-Occupied: 59.3%
Social Housing: 32.9% (Council: 28.4%, Housing Ass.: 4.5%)
Privately Rented: 3.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 2.2%

2008 By-election

The by-election was caused by the death of John MacDougall on the 13th August. It was not held until the 6th November, two days after the US Presidential election, it was speculated that the timing was chosen so that the expected Labour loss was overshadowed by the publicity around Barack Obama`s election. The SNP already held the equivalent Scottish Parliament seat and at the time the vacancy arose Labour were trailing badly in the polls. In the event, however, Labour held the seat comfortably. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both lost thier deposits. Unusually both Gordon Brown and his wife campaigned personally in the campaign.

By-election result
Lindsay Roy (Labour): 19946 (55.1%) +3.2
Peter Grant (SNP): 13209 (36.5%) +13.1
Maurice Golden (Conservative): 1381 (3.8%) -3.3
Harry Wills (Liberal Democrat): 947 (2.6%) -10.1
Jim Parker (SCCUP): 296 (0.8%)
Morag Balfour (SSP): 212 (0.6%) -1.3
Kris Seunarine (UKIP): 117 (0.3%) -0.9
Louise McLeary (Solidarity): 87 (0.2%)
Majority: 6737 (18.6%)

By-election candidates:
portraitPeter Grant (SNP) Former public sector auditor. Fife councillor since 1992. Leader of Fife council since 2007.
portraitLindsay Roy (Labour) Rector of Kirkcaldy High School, Gordon Brown`s alma mater. Awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to education.
portraitMaurice Golden (Conservative) Educated at Dundee University. Environmental campaigns manager. Contested Fife Central in 2007 Scottish election.
portraitHarry Wills (Liberal Democrat) Former corporate troubleshooter. Businessman, curently running a local spray painting company. Contested Glasgow Cathcart October 1974, 1979. Contested Mid Scotland and Fife 2003 Scottish election.
portraitMorag Balfour (SSP) Facilitator for chronic pain support groups. National co-chair of the SSP. Contested Fife Central 2003 Scottish elections, Glenrothes 2001, 2005.
portraitKris Seunarine (UKIP) Educated at Dundee University and Edinburgh University. Biophotonics researcher.
portraitLouise McLeary (Solidarity) Drugs worker. Contested Mid Scotland and Fife 2007 Scottish elections, having previously been on the SSP`s 2007 list.
portraitJim Parker (Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party) Educated at Bell-Baxter Senior Secondard School and Heriot-Watt University. Retired miner and consultant engineer. Contested Mid Scotland & Fife in 2007 Scottish elections.
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