Mid Scotland and Fife - Region Overview

Given many of the other Holyrood regions match up poorly with local government geography, Mid Scotland and Fife is refreshingly neat. It includes all of the Fife, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, and Perth and Kinross council areas – no more, no less. The original 1999 version was slightly less neat, as it also included the inland portion of Angus including Forfar and Brechin.

Compared to the core Central Belt areas to the south, this region has always been more politically diverse. By the mid 80’s, Clackmannanshire and the south of both Fife and Stirling were pretty strongly Labour. That shouldn’t be a surprise given the many mining villages and level of industry there. The North East of Fife had gone Liberal, the general resurgence of the party likely boosted there due to the presence of St Andrews University.

The rest of Stirling and all of Perthshire, which were broadly more rural and more affluent, remained Conservative. Though the SNP didn’t hold any of the core seats here, they did have an Angus seat covering much of that inland area that was initially part of the region. They were also the strongest challengers in Perthshire and Clackmannanshire, which they had won in the 70’s.

When 1997 saw the Conservatives wiped from the constituency map in Scotland, the SNP moved to take those seats, whilst Labour relieved them of Stirling. That quite neatly carved the region into an SNP north, Labour south, and Lib Dem east.

Those established patterns of support held up in 1999, with the constituencies falling exactly the same way they had in the UK Parliament in 1997 – six to Labour, two to the SNP, and the last to the Lib Dems. The SNP would pick up a further three list seats, and the Lib Dems one. Deprived of constituencies but not short of support, the Conservatives won the other three seats.


6 Labour (all Constituency)
5 SNP (3 Regional, 2 Constituency)
3 Conservative (all Regional)
2 Liberal Democrat (1 Constituency, 1 Regional)

Diverse though this region may normally be, it had a relatively muted contribution to the Rainbow Parliament. In the constituencies, the SNP translated their historic support in Clackmannanshire into winning the Ochil seat from Labour, though the rest remained as they were in 1999. All that happened on the regional list was a corresponding drop of one for the SNP, which went to the Greens.


5 Labour (all Constituency)
5 SNP (3 Constituency, 2 Regional)
3 Conservative (all Regional)
2 Liberal Democrat (1 Constituency, 1 Regional)
1 Green (Regional)

At this election, the PR element of AMS really did its job, as sweeping changes in the constituency were almost entirely balanced by opposite changes on the regional list. The SNP became the dominant force in constituencies here, gaining Stirling and Fife Central from Labour. Dunfermline West also changed hands, going from Labour to the Lib Dems. Having lost three constituencies, Labour gained exactly that many list seats, the SNP and Lib Dems each lost one, and the solitary Green departed as well.


6 SNP (5 Constituency, 1 Regional)
5 Labour (3 Regional, 2 Constituency)
3 Conservative (all Regional)
2 Liberal Democrat (all Constituency)

With an SNP tidal wave sweeping Scotland the Lib Dems collapsing, almost every seat in the region went to the SNP. Only Cowdenbeath, which remained Labour, eluded them. Despite that success the SNP still managed another list seat on top, whilst for the first time the Conservatives lost one, and the Lib Dems picked one back up in part compensation for their two lost constituencies.


9 SNP (8 Constituency, 1 Regional)
4 Labour (3 Regional, 1 Constituency)
2 Conservative (all Regional)
1 Liberal Democrat (Regional)

At the last election, though the SNP picked up Cowdenbeath from Labour, their constituency total remained static as the Lib Dems gained North East Fife. Both parties also lost a list seat, the Lib Dems because they’d effectively traded it for a constituency, and the SNP because their support dropped. Labour also lost a further list seat, whilst the Conservatives doubled their representation to four seats and 2003-07 Green MSP Mark Ruskell made his return.


8 SNP (all Constituency)
4 Conservative (all Regional)
2 Labour (all Regional)
1 Liberal Democrat (Constituency)
1 Green (Regional)

As much as the SNP may want to win North East Fife back, it’s highly unlikely they will. The Lib Dems won the corresponding UK Parliament seat in 2019, and if nothing else they have proven themselves masters at bedding back into a very small number of constituencies. 

That means change, if any, may come via the list. Last time round this was the only region with an “overhang”, with the SNP winning so many constituencies they impacted the intended proportionality and deprived Labour of a seat. Based on current polling, Labour are unlikely to win enough support for a third seat this time anyway.

That same overhang meant the Greens were narrowly elected to the last regional seat last time, and the Conservatives weren’t miles ahead for their fourth seat. Either of those parties could find themselves losing out if the SNP recover enough to justify a list seat.

Mid Scotland and Fife - Overall Regional Results

Total MSPs Elected 2016


8 SNP (all Constituency)
4 Conservative (all Regional)
2 Labour (all Regional)
1 Liberal Democrat (Constituency)
1 Green (Regional)

Regional List MSPs Elected 2016


#1: Conservative - Murdo Fraser
#2: Labour - Alex Rowley
#3: Conservative - Liz Smith
#4: Labour - Claire Brennan-Baker
#5: Conservative - Alexander Stewart
#6: Conservative - Dean Lockhart
#7: Green - Mark Ruskell

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Clackmannanshire and Dunblane

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: Keith Brown
Majority: 6721 (22.6%)
Turnout: 58.9%

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Cowdenbeath

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: Annabelle Ewing
Majority: 3041 (10.2%)
Turnout: 54.6%

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Dunfermline

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: Shirley-Anne Somerville
Majority: 4558 (13.9%)
Turnout: 57.1%

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Kirkcaldy

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: David Torrance
Majority: 7395 (23.8%)
Turnout: 52.4%

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Mid Fife and Glenrothes

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: Jenny Gilruth
Majority: 8276 (29.0%)
Turnout: 53.8%

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North East Fife

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


Liberal Democrat: Willie Rennie
Majority: 3465 (10.2%)
Turnout: 63.1%

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Perthshire North

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: John Swinney
Majority: 3336 (9.8%)
Turnout: 62.9%

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Perthshire South and Kinross-shire

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: Roseanna Cunningham
Majority: 1422 (3.9%)
Turnout: 61.0%

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Stirling

Constituency MSP Elected 2016, Majority and Turnout


SNP: Bruce Crawford
Majority: 7035 (19.6%)
Turnout: 61.4%

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