Willie Rennie wins north-east Fife

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Michael Woods Sports Centre - Glenrothes - Fife - 'Election count - 'credit - FPA -

Willie Rennie has regained north east Fife for the Liberal Democrats.

The Scottish party leader defeated the SNP’s Rod Campbell on a night when the nationalists all but swept the boards.

Mr Rennie delivered a solid majority of 3465 to give the Lib Dems control once again in one of their traditional heartlands.

He polled 14,928 votes.

Campbell, who swept home in the 2011 election, took 11,463.

The constituency was one of the Lib Dems’ target seats.

A jubilant Mr Rennie said: ‘‘It is good to be winning again - and so good to return north-east Fife to the Lib Dems.’’

He added: ‘‘I have had the time of my life in this campaign - you may have noticed! - but this was a campaign focussed on north-east Fife; an area where I grew up and where my family had a shop in Auchtermuchty and Cupar. It is a huge privilege to represent north-east Fife.

Willie Rennie (Lib Dems) 14,928

Rod Campbell (SNP) 11,463

Huw Bell (Tories) 5646

Rosalind Garton (Labour) 2026

Turnout 62.21%

Majority: 3465