Dunfermline (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Dunfermline is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, it is one of nine constituencies in the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Dunfermline shown within the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
MSPShirley-Anne Somerville
Council areaFife

Created in 2011, it comprises parts of the former constituencies of Dunfermline East and Dunfermline West.

Bill Walker narrowly won the seat for the Scottish National Party in 2011, however he resigned after being convicted of assault charges in 2013. This led to the 2013 Dunfermline by-election, in which Labour's Cara Hilton was elected, defeating the SNP's Shirley-Anne Somerville. However Somerville subsequently ousted Hilton in the 2016 election.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Cowdenbeath, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, North East Fife, Perthshire North, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire and Stirling.

The region covers all of the Clackmannanshire council area, all of the Fife council area, all of the Perth and Kinross council area and all of the Stirling council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Fife is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes and North East Fife.

The Dunfermline constituency is formed from the following electoral wards;

  • In full: West Fife and Coastal Villages, Dunfermline North, Dunfermline Central, Dunfermline South
  • In part: The Lochs (shared with Cowdenbeath)

Member of the Scottish Parliament

2011 Bill Walker Scottish National Party
2012 Independent
2013 Cara Hilton Scottish Labour Party
2016 Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

Election results


2016 Scottish Parliament election: Dunfermline
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville 14,257 43.3 +5.7
Labour Cara Hilton 9,699 29.5 -6.1
Conservative James Reekie 5,797 17.6 +10.5
Liberal Democrats James Calder 3,156 9.6 -10.1
Majority 4,558 13.8 +11.8
Turnout 33,008 57.2 +4.2
SNP hold Swing +5.9
Scottish Parliament by-election, 2013: Dunfermline
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cara Hilton 10,279 42.47 +6.87
SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville 7,402 30.58 -7.02
Liberal Democrats Susan Leslie 2,852 11.78 -7.92
Conservative James Reekie 2,009 8.30 +1.20
UKIP Peter Adams 908 3.75 New
Scottish Green Zara Kitson 593 2.45 New
Independent John Black 161 0.67 New
Majority 2,877 11.89 N/A
Turnout 24200 42.65 -9.85
Labour gain from SNP Swing +6.94
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Dunfermline
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Bill Walker 11,010 37.6 N/A
Labour Alex Rowley 10,420 35.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jim Tolson 5,776 19.7 N/A
Conservative James Reekie 2,093 7.1 N/A
Majority 590 2.0 N/A
Turnout 29396 53.0 N/A
SNP win (new seat)