Contents

Overall 2022 Result
Overview
Past Results
Individual Ward Results (TBC):

Overall 2022 Result

Council-Wide Results

Against steady progress nationally, it’s notable that Labour actually dropped four seats in Fife to be left with 20. The SNP meanwhile made a gain of five to take them up to 34. It was an extremely good day for the Lib Dems in Fife, as they almost doubled their tally from seven up to 13 seats. That was still built almost entirely on their absolute dominance of North East Fife, though they made a gain in Dunfermline, and wisely invested in growth in the Leven, Kennoway and Largo ward, more of which is likely to be added to the Westminster constituency.

Much of this growth came directly at the Conservatives’ expense, and indeed they were only about 20 votes shy of being knocked out of the North East entirely by Labour holding a St Andrews seat. The Greens continued to grow in Fife, though they were a fair bit behind their relatively strong Holyrood performance in the Kingdom, and it didn’t translate to any seats.

Administration

After the election, a Labour minority administration was formed. 

Interactive Map

Overview

Possessing one of the strongest regional identities in Scotland, such that it still often refers to itself as a Kingdom, Fife is divided into two very distinct areas. The southern end is home to some of Scotland’s largest towns, in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and the New Town of Glenrothes. Throw in the dockyards at Rosyth and the mining villages across the various bits of the Fife Coalfield, and you get a very typically Central Belt area. By contrast, the north east of Fife is much more rural in character, home to a string of small yet historic fishing burghs along the famed East Neuk and an ancient university at St Andrews.

These areas therefore have very strongly contrasting political histories. Labour were naturally dominant in the industrialised south, whilst the Conservatives held sway in the more rural north east. The Lib Dems would replace the Conservatives by the late 80’s, and won the UK’s Dunfermline seat in a 2006 by-election, then an overlapping Holyrood seat in 2007. The SNP meanwhile made their first constituency inroads in 2007 with Glenrothes, then took all of Fife bar Cowdenbeath in 2011. Fife has been in a bit of flux since, with Labour losing all of their seats then regaining one at Westminster then losing it again, whilst the Lib Dems once again hold the North East in both parliaments, after initially failing to regain it at Westminster by just 2 votes in 2017.

Local elections mostly followed suit, with a clear Labour majority in the urban districts and the regional council most years – only in 1977 did the Kirkcaldy district see the Labour slip to a minority. In the North East, the Conservative to Lib Dem handover came in 1984. When the single unitary Fife council arrived in the 90’s Labour won a majority at both elections, then ended the FPTP era having relatively narrowly lost it in 2003.

Previous STV Elections

2007
2012
2017