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Fife Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Henry McLeish succeeded the late Donald Dewar to become the second ever First Minister of Scotland in late 2000, and will be moving the whole of his operations to the Scottish Parliament, creating a vacancy in the safe Labour seat of Central Fife, which he will continue to represent as an MSP. This is not so much the old Fife coalfield, as the area dominated by the New Town of Glenrothes, which had grown from 1,150 to a population of 38,800 by 1991. But despite the new estates, new industry, and new sources of economic production it retains the solid Labour traditions in a way a southern English New Town might not have done. The other cluster of population is along the ancient kingdom's coast, not in seaside resorts but in the gritty industrial towns of Buckhaven, Methil and Leven.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
In place of Henry McLeish, elevated to First Minister in the Scottish Executive, Labour has kept it local and selected John McDougall, Convenor of Fife Council. A boilermaker by trade and former shop stewards convenor at the local Methil oil rig yard, he was born in 1947, attended Templehall Secondary Modern in Kirkcaldy, Royal Dockyard College, Rosyth, and Fife and Glenrothes colleges, and has been a councillor for twenty years, the last 14 full-time. Self-described as coming from an "ordinary working class family'" he is one of a very small group of ex-manual workers selected to inherit safe Labour seats.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.70% 14.99% 18.04
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.03% 2.13% 1.61
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.16% 2.49% 6.30
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.14% 4.43% 138.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.57% 7.27% 76.58
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.56% 2.56% 21.67
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.19% 3.94% 4.77
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.76% 13.04% 13.47
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.30% 12.70% 112.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.72% 8.14% 119.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.43% 4.02% 10.67
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 9.18% 3.19% 288.09
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 39.35% 11.31% 347.91
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 5.30% 3.06% 173.18
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.61% 2.52% 183.11
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.24% 9.41% 119.37
5-10K 20.32% 16.63% 122.14
10-15K 19.20% 16.58% 115.81
15-20K 14.55% 13.58% 107.09
20-25K 10.22% 10.39% 98.33
25-30K 7.03% 7.77% 90.42
30-35K 4.84% 5.79% 83.57
35-40K 3.37% 4.33% 77.72
40-45K 2.37% 3.27% 72.73
45-50K 1.70% 2.48% 68.44
50-55K 1.23% 1.90% 64.71
55-60K 0.91% 1.47% 61.43
60-65K 0.67% 1.15% 58.51
65-70K 0.51% 0.91% 55.88
70-75K 0.38% 0.72% 53.49
75-80K 0.29% 0.57% 51.30
80-85K 0.23% 0.46% 49.27
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 47.40
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 45.64
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 44.00
100K + 0.48% 1.34% 35.64

Local Map of the constituency
Fife Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Fife Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.96%) SNP (0.12%)
Conservative (-  8.40%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.50%)
Liberal Democrat (2.13%) SNP (0.31%)
Conservative (-  1.77%) Labour (-  2.34%)
Con - 8.40%
Lab 7.96%
LD - 0.50%
SNP 0.12%
Con - 1.77%
Lab - 2.34%
LD 2.13%
SNP 0.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John MacDougall
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.23%) 2,351 7.23%
Lab Labour (56.32%) 18,310 56.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.54%) 2,775 8.54%
SNP SNP (25.33%) 8,235 25.33%
Oth Other (2.59%) 841 2.59%
Maj Majority (30.99%) 10,075 30.99%
Turn Turnout (54.55%) 32,512 54.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John MacDougall
Labour hold
SNP David Alexander 8,235 25.33%
SSP Morag Balfour 841 2.59%
C Jeremy Balfour 2,351 7.23%
L John MacDougall 18,310 56.32%
LD Elizabeth Riches 2,775 8.54%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Henry McLeish
Labour
Con Conservative (9.00%) 3,669 9.00%
Lab Labour (58.66%) 23,912 58.66%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.40%) 2,610 6.40%
SNP SNP (25.02%) 10,199 25.02%
Ref Referendum (0.92%) 375 0.92%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (33.64%) 13,713 33.64%
Turn Turnout (69.90%) 40,765 69.90%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (17.40%) 7,440 17.40%
Lab Labour (50.70%) 21,627 50.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.90%) 2,937 6.90%
SNP SNP (24.90%) 10,636 24.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (25.80%) 10,991 25.80%
Turn Turnout (73.90%) 42,640 73.90%

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