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Dunfermline South by-election date set for October

Published: 4 Sep 2013 10:309 comments

THE proposed closure of Pitcorthie Primary is set to be the battleground in the by-election fight for Dunfermline South in October.

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Fife Council has set 24th October as the date to find the successor to the late Labour councillor Mike Rumney (pictured), who passed away in July after a battle with cancer.

Labour, SNP and the Lib Dems are all represented in the four-member ward, and each will be hoping to add a second councillor, with candidates expected to be revealed by the end of the week.

Nominations are now being invited ahead of the closing date of 23rd September but candidates can expect to field a barrage of questions about the schools shake-up.

The closure of Pitcorthie has been particularly controversial and even Labour politicians are split on their party’s plans to shut the popular school.

Pitcorthie parents have visited Fife House to hand over a petition, staged a demonstration at Dunfermline City Chambers and unfurled a banner outside the school in their campaign to keep it open.

Asked if the matter of school closures could be the vote-winner, Labour council leader Alex Rowley felt there were “a whole range of issues”.

He told the Press, “There’s the bedroom tax, council services, a £100mil gap in the budget – there’s a whole mass of issues right now.

“What we’ll be putting forward is what we’ve been doing – investments in apprenticeships, jobs, education, getting the best education for children in Fife.

“The area covers a large part of Dunfermline – there are a lot of issues in terms of Fife Council and those will be the issues we will be campaigning on.”

Nomination forms can be obtained by calling 01592 583111/2, emailing or online at

Completed forms must be returned by 4pm on 23rd September and candidate nomination papers are expected to be published the following day.

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