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The Tory vote dropped by around 20% from the last set of elections.
But in answer to your first question, this is a classic case of nothing to do with being Tories, but everything to do with being Unionists. Dalgety Bay had one of the biggest No voting percentages in Fife in 2014.....it's no surprise to see people there (who may have been Labour or Lib Dem voters) ditching these tradional parties and voting for the most Unionist/Loyalist.
 
 
Looking from afar I'm wondering if the Unionist voting habits have less to do with political conviction than a reliance on jobs in Fife dependent on the Anglo-American Military Complex.

Staying in West Dunbartonshire and knowing the Helensburgh area very well I've come across plenty of folk whose political calculus is entirely based on preserving their jobs at Faslane and Coulport. In this area it amounts to a form of economic blackmail.

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18 hours ago, Sunrise said:

Motherwell had a Communist District Councillor as recently as 1984...

It was only one scheme that kept voting Communist. Think it was Forgewood.

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5 hours ago, LongTimeLurker said:

It was only one scheme that kept voting Communist. Think it was Forgewood.

Ravenscraig neck of the woods perhaps?

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It was related to that and the personal popularity of the councillor involved from what I remember, but have forgotten all the gory details. Think there was also a localised Communist vote in the Vale of Leven into the 80s as well.

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On 07/09/2018 at 16:33, Granny Danger said:

Fife is a bit of a political conundrum.  The only place in Scotland to ever elect a Communist MP, Willie Gallacher.

It was said that the only two people who ever went to Parliament with good intent were Willie Gallacher and Guy Fawkes.

 

Lost the seat to Willie Hamilton, who’s sole claim to fame was he had a bugbear about the royals. Other than that he was firmly on right wing of the Labour Party. Doubtful anybody other than political geeks even remember him.

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I look forward to @philyerboots telling us "only the Scottish Conservatives can stand up to the SNP" in Wester Ross -

 

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Going back to the communism chat from earlier - Fife had a communist councillor until 2015 or so in Willie Clarke, but he was labelled as an independent in later years.

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Not an unexpected result. An OK showing for the SNP in Galloway, in a seat they'd never likely be strong in.

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Newport West voted Leave in 2016 and a pro-Remain Labour candidate won the by-election yesterday.

 

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Dundee is about to become the only SNP majority council in the country due to the upcoming by-election.

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Dundee is about to become the only SNP majority council in the country due to the upcoming by-election.
2 May - and in my ward.

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Leith Walk (Edinburgh) By-Election, 1st Preferences;

SNP - 35.7% (+1.3)
Green - 25.5% (+5.8)
Lab- 15.5% (-7.0)
Con - 10.7% (-3.7)
LD - 8.6% (+4.8)
Ind x2 - 1.7% (-2.8)
UKIP - 1.2% (+1.2)
Others x3 - 1.1%

SNP win at stage 11.

What is the point in Labour.
Also 61.2% pro independence, the people have spoken

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Labour getting absolute shoeings up and down the country. Delicious :lol:

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61.2% pro independence parties in Edinburgh.  Disaster for both Unionist Labour and Tory parties.   

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1 hour ago, MixuFixit said:

Decent showing from the greens as well.

It's the vegan capital of Scotland so not really surprising.

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