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Scottish Parliament By-election: Dunfermline

Dunfermline goes to the polls in a Scottish Parliament by-election on Thursday October 24 following the resignation of former SNP MSP Bill Walker after being convicted on counts of domestic abuse.

Polling is from 0700 to 2200.

The Dunfermline by-election will be in the first-past-the-post constituency.

Candidates

1. DUNFERMLINE

  • James Reekie (C)
  • Cara Hilton (Lab)
  • Susan Leslie (LD)
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville (SNP)
  • John Black (Ind)
  • Zara Kitson (Green)
  • Peter Adams (UKIP)

Eligible electorate: 56,743.

May 2011 Scottish Parliament election result

2011: SNP maj 590 (2.01%) - Turnout 29,299 (52.81%)

Walker (SNP) 11,010 (37.58%); Rowley (Lab) 10,420 (35.56%); Tolson (LD) 5,776 (19.71%); Reekie (C) 2,093 (7.14%)

Electorate 55,479

Declaration

The result is expected early on Friday October 25 at an estimated time of 1am but could be later if there is a recount.

Result

When the result is declared a rush will be sent giving the winning party, slugged POLL Dunfermline, followed by the constituency serial number – 1. It will be category-coded XTJ. Example: POLL Dunfermline 1.

This will be followed by the result carrying the same catchline and category-coded XDB for data format and XTB for TTY.

It will give details of party hold or gain from another party, followed by candidates in votes order, giving their votes, percentage share, percentage share change since the 2011 election, plus majority, percentage majority, swing from the 2011 election, turnout, percentage turnout and turnout percentage change since 2011.

The swing will be between the winning party and the losing party if the constituency changes hands and between first and second candidates where there is no change.

The result will also be transmitted in TTY only in the Press Association general service, catchlined POLL Dunfermline Result and category-coded HHH.

Example of first-past-the-post assembly constituency’s results in data format and text form:

{00}2} }ABERCONWY} }} }44,001} }16,334} }37.12} }-9.77} }} }} }
{02}C} }gain} }PC} }95} }0.58} }5.28} }C} }PC
{03}*} }+} }} }Frank} }Price} }C} }4,557} }27.90} }-2.49} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Steve} }Jones} }Lab} }4,462} }27.32} }+5.54} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Kevin} }Williams} }PC} }4,168} }25.52} }-13.05} }} }
{03}} }} }} }David} }Lloyd} }LD} }2,456} }15.04} }+5.77} }} }
{03}} }} }} }John} }Rees} }Ind} }691} }4.23} }} }} }
{06}W} }May} }2007} }PC} }1,693} }8.18} }20,699} }46.89
{07}*} }Jones} }PC} }7,983} }38.57
{07}} }Jones-Evans} }C} }6,290} }30.39
{07}} }Jones} }Lab} }4,508} }21.78
{07}} }Hughes} }LD} }1,918} }9.27
2 ABERCONWY
C gain from PC
+Frank Price (C) 4,557 (27.90%, -2.49%)
Steve Jones (Lab) 4,462 (27.32%, +5.54%)
Kevin Williams (PC) 4,168 (25.52%, -13.05%)
David Lloyd (LD) 2,456 (15.04%, +5.77%)
John Rees (Ind) 691 (4.23%)
C maj 95 (0.58%)
5.28% swing PC to C
Electorate 44,001; Turnout 16,334 (37.12%, -9.77%)
2007: PC maj 1,693 (8.18%) – Turnout 20,699 (46.89%)
Jones (PC) 7,983 (38.57%); Jones-Evans (C) 6,290 (30.39%); Jones (Lab) 4,508 (21.78%); Hughes (LD) 1,918 (9.27%)

Abbreviations of parties standing in the Dunfermline by-election

Conservative C
Labour Lab
Liberal Democrat LD
Scottish National Party SNP
Green Party Green
UK Independence Party UKIP
Independent Ind

Abbreviations of additional parties relevant to this election

(Mr Walker was elected as an SNP MSP but switched to Independent after being charged)

Independent Ind

Queries

If there are queries, contact Roger Smith or Chris Mead on the Elections Desk by email via the Contact us page. On election night, call the Press Association News Desk on 020 7963 7146.

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