Cowdenbeath (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Cowdenbeath 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
Cowdenbeath shown within the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPAnnabelle Ewing
Council areaFife

Cowdenbeath was formerly part of the Dunfermline East constituency which was abolished in 2011.

The current Member is Annabelle Ewing of the Scottish National Party, elected in 2016, following her defeat of Alex Rowley.

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Mid Scotland and Fife region are Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Dunfermline, 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 constituency of Cowdenbeath is formed from the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

2011 Helen Eadie Scottish Labour Party
2014 Alex Rowley Scottish Labour Party
2016 Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party

Election results

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Cowdenbeath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Annabelle Ewing 13,715 46.13 +4.5
Labour Alex Rowley 10,674 35.75 -10.6
Conservative Dave Dempsey 4,251 14.24 +7.3
Liberal Democrats Bryn Jones 1,904 3.68 -0.2
Majority 3,041 10.38
Turnout 29,857 54.7
2014 Cowdenbeath by-election[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Rowley 11,192 55.78 +9.28
SNP Natalie McGarry 5,704 28.43 -13.17
Conservative Dave Dempsey 1,893 9.44 +2.44
UKIP Denise Baykal 610 3.04 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jade Holden 425 2.12 -1.78
The Victims Final Right Stuart Graham 187 0.93 N/A
SDA James Trolland 51 0.25 N/A
Majority 5,488 27.35 +22.45
Turnout 20,062 38.41 -8.49
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Cowdenbeath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Helen Eadie 11,926 46.5 +3.4
SNP Ian Chisholm 10,679 41.6 +13.1
Conservative Belinda Don 1,792 7.0 −7.2
Liberal Democrats Keith Legg 997 3.9 −10.3
Land Party Mick Heenan 276 1.1 n/a
Majority 1,247 4.9
Turnout 25,670 46.9
Labour hold Swing −4.8%
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Cowdenbeath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 11,349 43.0
SNP 7,510 28.5
Conservative 3,751 14.2
Liberal Democrats 3,739 14.2
Others 32 0.1
Majority 3,839 14.6


  1. Candidates Fife News Online - Facebook
  2. Seven candidates will fight Cowdenbeath By-election Archived 24 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine CentralFifeTimes
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