Recent Local Politics

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(See below for 2007, 2012 and 2017 local election results).

BurntislandCommunity Council meets monthly in the old Town Council chamber. With limited powers and resources, it does its best to stimulate interest in local affairs and to influence decision making by Fife Council and other organisations.

From the reorganisation of local government in 1975 until 2001, the Labour Party took the lion's share of the honours in local government elections in Burntisland. Labour councillors were regularly elected to Fife Regional Council and Kirkcaldy District Council, and from 1995/96 to Fife Council. The exceptions were periods of Scottish National Party and Conservative/Independent representation in the District Council ward which included the eastern part of the town.

In a by-election in the Auchtertool & Burntisland East Ward of Fife Council in September 2001, the Liberal Democrat candidate won a surprise victory. He was unable to consolidate his position, however, and in May 2003 he was replaced by local Independent candidate William Leggatt. Councillor Leggatt died in August 2005. In the subsequent by-election in September 2005, Scottish National Party candidate George Kay won a convincing victory.

In 2007, the Single Transferable Vote system of proportional representation was introduced for all local government elections in Scotland, and the number of wards in Fife was reduced from 78 to 23. Each ward is now a multi-member ward with either three or four councillors. As at May 2017, the total number of wards in Fife is 22, and the total number of councillors is 75. When voting, the voter marks the candidates in order of preference - 1, 2, 3, etc. The counting of the votes is a complex process, and a detailed description can be found in Wikipedia.

The results of the 2017, 2012 and 2007 elections in the ward containing Burntisland were as follows:

Result of election held on 4 May 2017

FIFE COUNCIL
Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy Ward

 

No. of first preference votes received

Successful

Kathleen Leslie (Conservative) - elected at Stage 1

1,479

Lesley Backhouse (SNP) - elected at Stage 7

1,144

Gordon Langlands (Labour) - elected at Stage 10

761

Unsuccessful

Susan Leslie (Liberal Democrat)

769

Roy William Mackie (Independent)

475

Stuart McPhail (SNP)

429

Scott Rutherford (Green)

314

Fiona Sword (Labour)

242

Peter George (Independent)

239

Bill Mair (Solidarity)

36

Turnout - 51.5%

Result of election held on 3 May 2012

FIFE COUNCIL
Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy Ward

 

No. of first preference votes received

Successful

Peter George (Labour) - elected at Stage 1

1,331

George Kay (SNP) - elected at Stage 1

1,216

Susan Leslie (Liberal Democrat) - elected at Stage 9

739

Unsuccessful

Richard Walter Perry (Labour)

470

Sally Walsh (SNP)

377

Norman Morrison (Conservative)

254

Peter Adams (UKIP)

213

Anne Whyte (All Scotland Pensioners Party)

113

Louche Lord Lancaster (Monster Raving Loony)

67

Turnout - 41.7%

Result of election held on 3 May 2007

FIFE COUNCIL
Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy Ward

 

No. of first preference votes received

Successful

George Kay (SNP) - elected at Stage 1

2,204

Ron Edwards (Labour) - elected at Stage 2

1,344

Susan Leslie (Liberal Democrat) - elected at Stage 5

910

Unsuccessful

Collett Salvona (Labour)

649

Jamie Potton (Conservative)

567

Peter Adams (UKIP)

164

Turnout - 54.0%
(The relatively high turnout compared with 2012 is attributed to the fact that in 2007 the local authority elections
were held on the same day as the Scottish Parliament election.)

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