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Kirkcaldy
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The "Lang Toun" of Kirkcaldy has a mile long esplanade on the Firth of Forth, but the birthplace of Adam Smith and Robert Adam is not really a seaside resort. It is an industrial, working class town of solid Labour support. Even in 1955, the high water mark of modern Conservatism in Scotland when they won more than half the seats, they could get no closer than 7,500 votes behind Labour. Once a port for the Fife coalfield and a centre of the linoleum industry, Kirkcaldy has diversified its range of employment services, althoughgh its rate of joblessness is still a little higher than the Scottish average, and considerably higher than the British average. The SNP are clearly second here, but are unlikely to pose a painful challenge to Labour's Lewis Moonie.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Lewis Moonie, unlike the numberless ranks of Labour doctorates, actually has a real one - in medicine - albeit psychiatric medicine. Elected here in 1987 and a frontbench spokesman for eight years, he was dropped by Blair on the morrow of victory, but then oddly recalled as a Defence Minister in 2000. Born 1947, son of a Tory accountant, he attended Grove Academy, Dundee, and St. Andrew's and Edinburgh Universities. Barrel-shaped in the manner of Scots Labour MPs, he is nonetheless, as a linguist and chess player, a good deal more cerebral than most and would no doubt have had an interesting professional line on why his predecessor as MP, Harry Gourlay, had recourse to a toupee.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.80% 14.99% 45.33
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.02% 2.13% 0.92
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.17% 2.49% 46.90
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.49% 4.43% 56.17
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.97% 7.27% 109.53
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.98% 2.56% 194.20
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.01% 2.04% 0.30
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.24% 3.94% 31.36
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.72% 13.04% 36.18
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.47% 12.70% 43.03
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.72% 8.14% 94.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.52% 4.02% 37.92
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 11.73% 3.19% 368.33
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.92% 11.31% 202.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 16.01% 3.06% 522.75
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.26% 2.52% 208.77
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 12.86% 9.41% 136.63
5-10K 20.65% 16.63% 124.16
10-15K 18.37% 16.58% 110.78
15-20K 13.61% 13.58% 100.17
20-25K 9.58% 10.39% 92.15
25-30K 6.69% 7.77% 86.06
30-35K 4.71% 5.79% 81.34
35-40K 3.36% 4.33% 77.59
40-45K 2.43% 3.27% 74.50
45-50K 1.78% 2.48% 71.89
50-55K 1.33% 1.90% 69.62
55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 67.60
60-65K 0.76% 1.15% 65.78
65-70K 0.58% 0.91% 64.10
70-75K 0.45% 0.72% 62.53
75-80K 0.35% 0.57% 61.06
80-85K 0.28% 0.46% 59.67
85-90K 0.22% 0.37% 58.34
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 57.07
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 55.85
100K + 0.66% 1.34% 48.79

Local Map of the constituency
Kirkcaldy - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Kirkcaldy - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.96%) SNP (0.33%)
Conservative (-  8.44%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.03%)
Labour (0.52%) Liberal Democrat (1.45%)
Conservative (-  2.96%) SNP (-  0.69%)
Con - 8.44%
Lab 7.96%
LD - 1.03%
SNP 0.33%
Con - 2.96%
Lab 0.52%
LD 1.45%
SNP - 0.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Lewis Moonie
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.70%) 3,013 10.70%
Lab Labour (54.08%) 15,227 54.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.12%) 2,849 10.12%
SNP SNP (22.25%) 6,264 22.25%
Oth Other (2.86%) 804 2.86%
Maj Majority (31.83%) 8,963 31.83%
Turn Turnout (54.61%) 28,157 54.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Lewis Moonie
Labour hold
C Scott Campbell 3,013 10.70%
SSP Dougie Kinnear 804 2.86%
LC Lewis Moonie 15,227 54.08%
SNP Shirley-Ann Somerville 6,264 22.25%
LD Andrew Weston 2,849 10.12%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Lewis Moonie
Labour
Con Conservative (13.66%) 4,779 13.66%
Lab Labour (53.56%) 18,730 53.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.67%) 3,031 8.67%
SNP SNP (22.93%) 8,020 22.93%
Ref Referendum (1.18%) 413 1.18%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (30.62%) 10,710 30.62%
Turn Turnout (67.02%) 34,973 67.02%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (22.10%) 8,361 22.10%
Lab Labour (45.60%) 17,246 45.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.70%) 3,671 9.70%
SNP SNP (22.60%) 8,561 22.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (23.00%) 8,685 23.00%
Turn Turnout (74.43%) 37,839 74.43%

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