Scottish Election 2021: Counting underway at final two Fife constituencies

The counting of votes for the Dunfermline and Mid-Fife and Glenrothes is underway in Fife.

By Jon Brady, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Saturday, 8th May 2021, 11:06 am
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 11:07 am
The count scene at Michael Woods Sports centre (Pic: Jon Brady)
The count scene at Michael Woods Sports centre (Pic: Jon Brady)

Mid-Fife and Glenrothes is being tallied at Fife Council's Rothesay House office in Glenrothes, while Dunfermline is being totted up at the Michael Woods Sports Centre in the Fife town.

All counts are taking place with extensive coronavirus protection in place, with mask wearing enforced in common areas and wall-to-wall acrylic screens dividing each enumerator to reduce any risk of transmission.

Incumbent MSPs Shirley-Anne Somerville (Dunfermline) and Jenny Gilruth (MFG) are looking to defend majorities of 4,558 and 8,276 respectively.

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The Dunfermline candidates

Dunfermline's challengers are Liberal Democrat Aude Boubaker-Calder, Labour's Julie MacDougall and Conservative Perth and Kinross councillor Roz McCall.

Mid-Fife and Glenrothes contenders include Fife councillor Altany Craik for Labour, Lib Dem councillor Jane Ann Liston for the Liberal Democrats, David MacPhee for the Conservatives and Steve Saunders for the Scottish Family Party.

The result for the wider Mid Scotland and Fife region, which includes all of Fife and Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Perthshire, will also be declared at Michael Woods at around 6pm today. It will elect seven additional MSPs alongside the nine constituency members.

Yesterday, the defending candidates in other parts of Fife successfully held their seats with increased majorities.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie doubled his majority over SNP challenger Rhuaraidh Fleming from 3,465 to 7,448 in North East Fife while Annabelle Ewing also doubled her lead from 3,041 to 6013 over Labour challenger Alex Rowley.

In Kirkcaldy, incumbent SNP candidate David Torrance bolstered his majority slightly to 7,831 from 7,395 in 2016 over Labour's Claire Baker.

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