Labour councillor Lesley Laird has won the Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath seat which had previously been held by SNP Roger Mullin.
Lesley Laird the former Deputy Leader of Fife Council for the Labour Party was elected to represent constituents in the Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath ward at Westminster. Her win removes former SNP politician Roger Mullin.
Lesley Laird comments:
“In 2014, this area voted to stay in the UK, but since 2015 we’ve been represented by an MP who wants to divide our community again. That’s not what the vast majority of people here want. People here want to work together to make Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath even better than it is today and to make sure it’s the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
As a councillor Lesley Laird represents the local ward of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay. Her election to Westminster is likely to trigger a by-election, unless Ms Laird decides to retain her position as a councillor reconciling the position with her new MP role.
With 647 seats called out of 650. the Parliament is hung with Conservatives only winning 315 seats losing 12 former seats, Labour gained an additional 29 seats winning a total of 261, SNP lost 21 seats retaining 35 seats, Liberal Democrats gained 4 seats taking them up to 12, the Democratic Unionist Party hold 10 seats a gain of an additional 2, and 13 seats are split between a variety of minority parties.