Open main menu

Dunfermline Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

Dunfermline Burghs was a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 until 1974. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Dunfermline Burghs
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlementsDunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Inverkeithing, and Lochgelly
19501974 (1974)
Number of membersOne
Replaced byDunfermline
19181950
Number of membersOne
Type of constituencyDistrict of Burghs constituency
Created fromWest Fife

From 1918 to 1950 it was also, officially, a district of burghs constituency.

There was also a Dunfermline county constituency from 1974 to 1983.

Contents

BoundariesEdit

As defined in 1918 the constituency covered the parliamentary burghs of Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Inverkeithing, and Lochgelly. Prior to the constituency's creation, the burghs of Dunfermline and Inverkeithing had been represented as components of Stirling Burghs, while Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly were within the county constituency of West Fife.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General Election 1918: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal John Wallace 6,886 44.6 N/A
Independent Labour William McLean Watson[3] 5,076 32.8 N/A
Independent Democrat Arthur Ponsonby[4] 3,491 22.6 N/A
Majority 1,810 11.8 N/A
Turnout 55.2 N/A
Liberal win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General Election 1922: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William McLean Watson 11,652 50.4 +17.6
National Liberal John Wallace 11,451 49.6 +5.0
Majority 201 0.8 12.6
Turnout 23,102 77.5 +22.3
Labour gain from National Liberal Swing +6.3
General Election 1923: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William McLean Watson 12,606 53.6 +3.2
Liberal John Wallace 10,931 46.4 −3.2
Majority 1,675 7.2 +6.4
Turnout 23,537 77.7 +0.2
Labour hold Swing 3.2
General Election 1924: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William McLean Watson 13,887 57.9 +4.3
Liberal Francis John Robertson 10,118 42.1 −4.3
Majority 3,769 15.8 +8.6
Turnout 24,005 78.7 +1.0
Labour hold Swing 4.3
General Election 1929: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William McLean Watson 15,288 58.5 +0.6
Unionist Allan Beaton 9,146 35.0 N/A
Communist Jack Leckie 1,712 6.5 N/A
Majority 6,132 23.5 +7.7
Turnout 74.1 −4.6
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General Election 1931: Dunfermline Burghs[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National John Wallace 16,863 57.9 N/A
Labour William McLean Watson 12,247 42.1 −16.4
Majority 4,616 15.8
Turnout 29,110 80.2 +5.9
Liberal National gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Dunfermline Burghs [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William McLean Watson 16,271 52.3 +10.2
Liberal National John Wallace 14,848 47.7 −10.2
Majority 1,423 4.6
Turnout 31,119 81.6 +1.4
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing 10.2

Elections in the 1940sEdit

General Election 1945: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William McLean Watson 22,021 64.7 +12.4
Liberal National James Henderson 12,028 35.3 −12.4
Majority 9,993 29.4 +24.8
Turnout 34,049 73.0 −8.6
Labour hold Swing 12.4

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General Election 1950: Dunfermline Burghs[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Clunie 23,641 61.2
National Liberal and Conservative James Stuart Kerr 14,967 38.8
Majority 8,674 22.5
Turnout 83.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Dunfermline Burghs[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Clunie 24,547 61.1
National Liberal and Conservative James Stuart Kerr 15,657 38.9
Majority 8,890 22.1
Turnout 85.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Clunie 22,146 60.1
National Liberal Charlotte R McNee 14,170 39.0
Majority 8,674 22.5
Turnout 83.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Dunfermline Burghs[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Thompson 23,478 61.4
National Liberal and Conservative Archie Elliott 14,744 38.6
Majority 8,734 22.9
Turnout 82.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General Election 1964: Dunfermline Burghs[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Adam Hunter 22,468 61.6
Conservative and National Liberal Ian Kirkwood 14,033 38.4
Majority 8,435 23.1
Turnout 77.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Adam Hunter 20,709 58.4
Conservative Ian Kirkwood 9,446 26.6
SNP James A Cook 5,304 15.0
Majority 11,263 31.8
Turnout 76.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General Election 1970: Dunfermline Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Adam Hunter 21,532 57.1
Conservative Ian Kirkwood 12,086 32.0
SNP James A Cook 3,657 9.7
Communist John Neilson 462 1.22
Majority 9,446 25.0
Turnout 74.0
Labour hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)
  2. ^ "London Gazette Issue 34119 published on the 28 December 1934". p. 2. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  3. ^ Watson was the nominee of the Fife, Kinross and Clackmannan Miners' Association (Craig, op cit, p. 579)
  4. ^ Ponsonby had previously been the Liberal MP for Stirling Burghs)
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ [4]

See alsoEdit