Local election: Results from Kirkcaldy & Glenrothes

Marie Penman lost her seat
Marie Penman lost her seat

Labour’s big guns in Kirkcaldy have retained their seats while there are changes in Glenrothes.

Labour’s big guns in Kirkcaldy have retained their seats.

Neil Crooks and David Ross were returned in Kirkcaldy North along with the SNP’s Carol Lindsay.

Neil was chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee and David was leader of the Council.

But the changes were felt in Kirkcaldy East where Marie Penman, standing as an indepdendent, lost her seat - and the Tories got in!

Marie was first elected as an SNP candidate before stepping away from the party.

She was ousted as the voters elected Richard Watt (Tory), Rod Kavanagh (SNP) and Ian Cameron (Lab) – Ian is the son of former councillor Jock Cameron.

In Glenrothes North, the SNP’s John Beare and Fiona Grant were re-elected, while the Tories enjoyed another gain as Michael Green claimed one of the four seats, leaving Labour with just one – Jan Wincott getting in, but her husband, John, did not.

In the Glenrothes west and Kinglassie ward, where the number of seats had been reduced to three because of boundary changes, Labour’s Altany Craik and SNP’s Julie Ford and Craig Walker were re-elected. But it was disappointment for independent cllr Bill Brown who failed to get enough votes. Mr Brown, who had been the town’s area committee chairman, said he was disappointed by the result but not surprised.

“Obviously I’m disappointed but I’m proud of my record as a councillor for the ward and have done it to the best of my ability and always with the best interests of my constituents and not party politics at heart.”

Cllr Craik said he was delighted to have the public put faith in him once again, but added: “What we are seeing across Fife is a reaction against a second independence referendum which the Tories are using to their full advantage.

“It is set for a much changed Fife Council I suspect once all results are in.”

Cllr Walker said he was relieved to have snook in on the final seat by less than 50 votes.

“It’s a relief but both myself and Julie (Ford) are pleased to be given a further chance to represent the interests of residents.

And it was a family affair as partner Vicki Wilton (SNP) was elected in Glenrothes Central and Thornton.

Ms Wilton said: “What an honour, I’ve so much to learn but can’t wait to get started.”

And she paid respect to Cllr Ross Vettraino (SNP) who was re-elected alongside her, referring to him as her mentor.

Meanwhile it was disappointment for Labour’s Ian Sloan who was replaced by fellow Labour candidate Derek Noble.