Proposed shake-up of North East Fife constituency boundaries

Proposed Fife boundary changes for UK elections.

Proposed Fife boundary changes for UK elections.

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PLANS to split north east Fife for UK parliamentary elections have been met with a muted response.

Under the Boundary Commission for Scotland proposals, the current North East Fife constituency will be replaced by Cupar and St Andrews — but it won’t include the entire Howe of Fife.

Places including Auchtermuchty, Strathmiglo, Falkland, Freuchie and Kettle will instead join the new Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes constituency.

In turn, the Levenmouth area and Wemyss villages will form part of Cupar and St Andrews.

Reacting to the news, North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell said: “We have received the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s proposals and we will digest and respond to these at the local inquiry in due course.”

The announcement of the plans marks the start of a 12-week public consultation that will end on January 4.

In a statement, the Boundary Commission said: “Parliament has decided to reduce the number of UK Parliament constituencies from 650 to 600.

“In Scotland this means that there will be 52 constituencies instead of 59.

“Of these, two constituencies are defined in the legislation — Na h-Eileanan an Iar (the Western Isles) and Orkney and Shetland.

“The remaining 50 constituencies must each have between 72,810 and 80,473 electors.

“Due to the reduction in the number of constituencies and the requirement for nearly equal numbers of electors in each constituency, it has not been possible to leave constituencies as they currently are.”

For more information on the proposals or to have your say, visit www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/6th_westminster