Counting underway in Fife - but no predictions yet

Drugs recovered in Buckhaven
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Counting is now well underway in Glenrothes where three Fife constituencies will be announced - but predictions are few and far between.

A number of leading campaigners and councillors re in the building along with some of the candidates, but few are prepared to stick their necks out just yet.

Results are not expected until the early hours of the morning.

The earliest forecast is 1.30 a.m. with results at half hourly intervals - but it may be as late as 4.,00 a.m. before we know the outcome of the Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and north-east Fife constituencies which are all electing new MPs after the retirals of Lindsay Roy, Gordon Brown and Sir Menzies Campbell.

Early indications are all three seats could be close.

A figure for the turnout has yet to be revealed but candidates have said polling stations were busy and they were pleased with the turnout.

in Kirkcaldy, Labour some activists said Tories were supporting them in a tactical bid to thwart the SNP - the momentum remains with the nationalists as polls hint at a night of success across Scotland.

Roger Mullin, SNP candidate for Kirkcaldy, was one of the first to visit the media gallery at the Michael Woods Sports Centre.

He was confident the voters had turned out in good number adding: ‘‘We got the biggest set of return sheets by a mile for this constituency.’’

Mr Mullin managed to get round every polling station in the constituency.

‘’I honestly felt the need to get around and thank the troops who have been fantastic.

‘‘In most areas we have out-campaigned the rest.’’

He also played down talk of the exit poll which suggested the Tories were ahead in the UK, adding they were ‘‘notoriously inaccurate.’’