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Dunfermline West (UK Parliament constituency)

Dunfermline West was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Dunfermline West
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlementsDunfermline
19832005
Number of membersOne
Replaced byDunfermline & West Fife
Created fromDunfermline

Before 1983 the area was covered by the Dunfermline constituency and from 2005 the seat was replaced by the new Dunfermline and West Fife.

Contents

BoundariesEdit

The seat of Dunfermline West contained all of the town of Dunfermline as well as territory on the north bank of the Firth of Forth. It took in the affluent villages of Limekilns, Crossford and Cairneyhill; it also included coalfield communities such as High Valleyfield, Saline, Blairhill and Oakley.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Dick Douglas Labour Co-operative
1990 Independent
1990 SNP
1992 Rachel Squire Labour
2005 constituency abolished

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General Election 1983: Dunfermline West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 12,998 36.0 N/A
Conservative Peter Davidson 10,524 29.2 N/A
Social Democratic Frank Moyes 9,434 26.1 N/A
SNP Jim Fairlie 2,798 7.8 N/A
Ecology Stuart Dobson 321 0.9 N/A
Majority 2,474 6.8 N/A
Turnout 49,075 73.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election 1987: Dunfermline West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Dick Douglas 18,493 47.1 +11.1
Conservative Phil Gallie 9,091 23.1 −6.1
Social Democratic Frank Moyes 8,288 21.1 −5.0
SNP Gordon Hughes 3,435 8.7 +0.9
Majority 9,402 24.0
Turnout 39,307 76.9 +3.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General Election 1992: Dunfermline West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachel Squire 16,374 42.0 −5.1
Conservative Michael D.A. Scott-Hayward 8,890 22.8 −0.3
SNP Jay Smith 7,563 19.4 +10.7
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Harris 6,122 15.7 −5.4
Majority 7,484 19.3
Turnout 38,949 76.4 −0.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1997: Dunfermline West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachel Squire 19338 53.1 +11.6
SNP John Lloyd 6,984 19.2 −0.7
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Harris 4,963 13.6 −2.0
Conservative Kevin Newton 4,606 12.6 −10.4
Referendum James Bain 543 1.5 N/A
Majority 12,354 33.9
Turnout 36,434 69.3 −7.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General Election 2001: Dunfermline West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachel Squire 16,370 52.8 −0.3
SNP Brian Goodall 5,390 17.4 −1.8
Liberal Democrat Russel McPhate 4,832 15.6 +2.0
Conservative James Mackie 3,166 10.2 −2.4
Scottish Socialist Catherine Stewart 746 2.4 N/A
UKIP Alastair Harper 471 1.5 N/A
Majority 10,980 35.4
Turnout 30,975 57.1 −12.2
Labour hold Swing 0.8 SNP to Labour

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)
  2. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.