SNP sweep home in Kirkcaldy

The SNP swept to victory in Kirkcaldy, crushing Labour almost two to one in the vote.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 4:04 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 5:07 am

David Torrance retained the seat he won in 2011 with a massive majority.

He polled 16,358 to comfortably defeat Claire Baker who saw the Labour vote fall to just 8,963.

The Kirkcaldy constituency also saw the Tory vote reach an all-time high in a Scottish parliamentary election, with Martin Laidlaw polling 4568. He wanted to break 3000 - in the end he smashed it, mor or less doubling his party’s vote from 2011.

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The Lib Dem vote remained static at 1219 with candidate Lauren Jones placed fourth.

Turnout was 52.3%.

The majority was 7395.

The SNP left the hall with a chant of ‘Team Torrance’ - a fitting celebration to cap a remarkable night in Fife.

Mr Torrance paid tribute to his campaigners, saying: ‘‘We ran a long campaign from January. We knew our vote was out there - and this team has been fantastic.

‘‘They have showed such enthusiasm and commitment, They were out every day, every weekend, every night - and the number of young people who got invovled was fantastic.

‘‘You look at them and then you look at the other parties - these young folk are our future. They ahd boundless energy.’’