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Fife North East
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Half the acreage of Fife is contained within the Fife North East constituency, and this is the middle class part, rising to elite in parts, such as the St Andrews of the Royal and Ancient golf course and the medieval university chosen for the education post-Eton of Prince William. It might be thought that all this would be Tory, with the small fishing and tourist burghs of Cupar, Crail, Kilrenny and the Anstruthers (Wester and Easter), Elie, Earlsferry and Newport on Tay, a favoured commuting base for Dundee across the Tay bridge. It was indeed held by the Conservatives until 1987, but Menzies Campbell has built up a formidable position for the Liberal Democrats here, and not only is he very safe himself, beating the Tory by nearly two to one in 1997, but the North East Fife seat was held by a less well known and senior member of his party in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Here in the steps of H H Asquith (MP 1886-1918) comes the not-quite-so-grand figure of a Mr Speaker manque, Menzies Campbell QC. Elected here in 1987, the Liberal Democrats' earnest and fastidiously-suited Foreign and Defence supremo is an Edinburgh lawyer who rose from Glasgow Labour-voting origins, as a debating and law student contemporary of John Smith and Donald Dewar. Born 1941, and educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow and Glasgow University, his aloof and wooden style, marriage to a Major General's daughter, and votes against bans on fox hunting, should help make his soon-to-be-local student Prince William, feel at home.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.74% 14.99% 104.95
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 6.42% 2.13% 301.78
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.78% 2.49% 111.89
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.88% 4.43% 132.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.30% 7.27% 72.85
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.61% 2.56% 179.86
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.64% 2.04% 31.23
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 9.07% 3.94% 229.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.70% 13.04% 97.42
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.19% 12.70% 40.86
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.78% 8.14% 132.33
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.31% 4.02% 57.47
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.96% 3.19% 155.62
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.97% 11.31% 88.16
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.62% 3.06% 85.44
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.05% 2.52% 41.52
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 8.84% 9.41% 93.92
5-10K 16.14% 16.63% 97.03
10-15K 16.60% 16.58% 100.12
15-20K 13.92% 13.58% 102.51
20-25K 10.81% 10.39% 103.99
25-30K 8.13% 7.77% 104.64
30-35K 6.06% 5.79% 104.61
35-40K 4.51% 4.33% 104.08
40-45K 3.37% 3.27% 103.21
45-50K 2.53% 2.48% 102.09
50-55K 1.92% 1.90% 100.80
55-60K 1.47% 1.47% 99.41
60-65K 1.13% 1.15% 97.96
65-70K 0.87% 0.91% 96.46
70-75K 0.68% 0.72% 94.96
75-80K 0.54% 0.57% 93.44
80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 91.94
85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 90.46
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 88.99
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 87.56
100K + 1.06% 1.34% 78.68

Local Map of the constituency
Fife North East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Fife North East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.68%) Liberal Democrat (4.82%) SNP (2.26%)
Conservative (- 12.03%)
Labour (1.11%) Liberal Democrat (0.45%)
Conservative (-  2.87%) SNP (-  0.50%)
Con - 12.03%
Lab 4.68%
LD 4.82%
SNP 2.26%
Con - 2.87%
Lab 1.11%
LD 0.45%
SNP - 0.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Menzies Campbell
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (23.61%) 8,190 23.61%
Lab Labour (11.39%) 3,950 11.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.67%) 17,926 51.67%
SNP SNP (10.37%) 3,596 10.37%
Oth Other (2.97%) 1,030 2.97%
Maj Majority (28.06%) 9,736 28.06%
Turn Turnout (56.05%) 34,692 56.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Menzies Campbell
Liberal Democrat hold
L Claire Brennan 3,950 11.39%
LD Menzies Campbell 17,926 51.67%
SNP Kris Murray-Browne 3,596 10.37%
C Mike Scott-Hayward 8,190 23.61%
LCA Leslie Von Goetz 420 1.21%
SSP Keith White 610 1.76%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Menzies Campbell
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (26.47%) 11,076 26.47%
Lab Labour (10.28%) 4,301 10.28%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.22%) 21,432 51.22%
SNP SNP (10.86%) 4,545 10.86%
Ref Referendum (1.16%) 485 1.16%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (24.75%) 10,356 24.75%
Turn Turnout (71.16%) 41,839 71.16%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (38.50%) 16,129 38.50%
Lab Labour (5.60%) 2,337 5.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (46.40%) 19,432 46.40%
SNP SNP (8.60%) 3,598 8.60%
Oth Other (0.90%) 379 0.90%
Maj Majority (7.90%) 3,303 7.90%
Turn Turnout (77.20%) 41,875 77.20%

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