Fife Council
Full council election every 5 years.
Coat of Arms of the Fife Area Council.svg
Coat of arms
Council logo
Jim Leishman,
since 17 May 2012
David Ross,
since 20 February 2014[a]
Chief Executive
Steve Grimmond
since July 2013[1]
Fife Council composition
34 / 75
20 / 75
13 / 75
8 / 75
Single transferable vote
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
5 May 2027
Meeting place
Fife House, Glenrothes
Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT

Fife Council is the local authority for the Fife area of Scotland and is the third largest Scottish council by number of councillors, having 75 elected council members.[2]

Councillors make decisions at its regular council meetings, or at those of its nine other general committees (covering for example tourism and transportation, education, environment, housing, licensing etc.), two planning committees, and seven area committees.[3]

The council has been under no overall control since 2003. Following the 2022 election the Scottish National Party were the largest group on the council, but a minority Labour administration was formed with informal support from the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives.

A Provost of Fife is elected from among the councillors every five years, who chairs the full council meetings and acts as ceremonial head of the council.[4] The current Provost is former football manager Jim Leishman MBE, who was first elected to the post in May 2012 and subsequently re-elected in 2017 and 2022.[5] Political leadership is provided by the leader of the council, with the current leader being Labour councillor David Ross, who has been leader since 2014, being co-leader with David Alexander of the SNP between 2017 and 2022 when he became sole leader again.


Fife was one of Scotland's historic counties, with a Fife County Council existing from 1890 to 1975. In 1975 Fife became a region with three lower-tier district councils: Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, and North-East Fife.[6] Fife Regional Council and the three district councils were merged in 1996 to form a single council area, governed by Fife Council.[7]

Political control

The first election to Fife Regional Council was held in 1974, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new system came into force on 16 May 1975. A shadow authority was again elected in 1995 ahead of the change to council areas which came into force on 1 April 1996. Political control since 1975 has been as follows:[8]

Fife Regional Council

Party in control Years
Labour 1975–1996

Fife Council

Party in control Years
Labour 1996–2003
No overall control 2003–present


The leaders of the council since 1996 have been:[9][10]

Councillor Party From To Notes
Alex Rowley Labour 1 April 1996 1998
Christine May Labour 1998 2003
Anne McGovern Labour 2003 2007
Peter Grant SNP May 2007 May 2012
Alex Rowley Labour May 2012 20 Feb 2014
David Ross[11] Labour 20 Feb 2014 May 2017
David Alexander SNP May 2017 May 2022 Co-leaders[12]
David Ross Labour
David Ross Labour 19 May 2022


Fife Council is based at Fife House on North Street, Glenrothes. The building was built in 1969 for the Glenrothes Development Corporation, and became headquarters of Fife Regional Council on its creation in 1975. Prior to 1975 the old Fife County Council had been based at County Buildings, Cupar. Fife House passed to the new Fife Council on local government reorganisation in 1996.[13]


Since 2007 elections have been held every five years under the single transferable vote system, introduced by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004. Election results since 1995 have been as follows:[8]

Year Seats SNP Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative Independent / Other Notes
1995 92 9 54 25 0 4
1999 78 9 43 21 1 4 New ward boundaries.[14]
2003 78 11 36 23 2 6
2007 78 23 24 21 5 5 New ward boundaries.[15]
2012 78 26 35 10 3 4
2017 75 29 24 7 15 0 New ward boundaries.[16][17]
2022 75 34 20 13 8 0


Map of Fife's wards, using 2017 boundaries
Map of Fife's wards, using 2017 boundaries
Ward Location in Fife Largest settlement Other settlements
Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages
Buckhaven Methil and Wemyss Villages.svg
Methil Buckhaven, Coaltown of Wemyss, East Wemyss, West Wemyss
Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy
Burntisland Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy.svg
Burntisland Auchtertool, Kinghorn, Western Kirkcaldy
Cowdenbeath Crossgates, Hill of Beath, Kelty
Cupar Blebo Craigs, Ceres, Cults, Cupar Muir, Dairsie, Kemback, Pitlessie, Pitscottie, Springfield, Stratheden
Dunfermline Central
Dunfermline Central.svg
Dunfermline Crossford, Halbeath
Dunfermline North
Dunfermline North.svg
Dunfermline Kingseat, Townhill, Wellwood
Dunfermline South
Dunfermline South.svg
East Neuk and Landward
East Neuk and Landward.svg
Anstruther Abercrombie, Arncroach, Boarhills, Carnbee, Cellardyke, Colinsburgh, Crail, Dunino, Elie and Earlsferry, Kilconquhar, Kilrenny, Kingsbarns, Largoward, Lathones, Pittenweem, St Monans
Glenrothes Central and Thornton
Glenrothes Central and Thornton.svg
Glenrothes Coaltown of Balgonie, Thornton
Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch
Glenrothes North Leslie and Markinch.svg
Glenrothes Cadham, Leslie, Markinch, Milton of Balgonie, Star
Glenrothes West and Kinglassie
Glenrothes West and Kinglassie.svg
Glenrothes Kinglassie
Howe of Fife and Tay Coast
Howe of Fife and Tay Coast.svg
Newburgh Auchtermuchty, Balmalcolm, Collessie, Creich, Falkland, Freuchie, Gateside, Kilmany, Kingskettle, Ladybank, Letham, Lindores, Logie, Luthrie, Strathmiglo
Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay
Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay.svg
Dalgety Bay Aberdour, Hillend, Jamestown, Inverkeithing, North Queensferry
Kirkcaldy Central
Kirkcaldy Central.svg
Kirkcaldy East
Kirkcaldy East.svg
Kirkcaldy North
Kirkcaldy North.svg
Leven, Kennoway and Largo
Leven, Kennoway and Largo.svg
Leven Baintown, Balcurvie, Bonnybank, Cameron Bridge, Drumeldrie, Kennoway, Lower Largo, Lundin Links, Upper Largo, Windygates
Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty
Lochgelly Cardenden and Benarty.svg
Lochgelly Ballingry, Cardenden, Crosshill Glencraig, Lochore, Lumphinnans
Rosyth Charlestown, Comrie, Limekilns
St Andrews
St Andrews.svg
St Andrews Strathkinness
Tay Bridgehead
Tay Bridgehead.svg
Newport-on-Tay Balmerino, Balmullo, Bottomcraig, Gauldry, Guardbridge, Leuchars, Pickletillum, Tayport, Woodhaven, Wormit
West Fife and Coastal Villages
West Fife and Coastal Villages.svg
Kincardine Blairhall, Bowershall, Cairneyhill, Carnock, Comrie, Culross, Gowkhall, Oakley, Saline, Steelend, Torryburn, Valleyfield


  1. ^ Joint leader with David Alexander of SNP between 2017 and 2022
  1. ^ "New man at helm for Fife council". Alloa Advertiser. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Fife News : Fife Welcomes Cllr Lizz Mogg as Fife Deputy Provost". City Local. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Committees". Fife Council. Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  4. ^ "The Provost and his role". Fife Council. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Jim Leishman elected as Fife's provost". BBC News. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973",, The National Archives, 1973 c. 65, retrieved 17 April 2023
  7. ^ "Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994",, The National Archives, 1994 c. 39, retrieved 21 April 2023
  8. ^ a b "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Council minutes". Fife Council. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  10. ^ "Council Leader". Fife Council. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  11. ^ "David Ross lined up as new council leader". Central Fife Times. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  12. ^ "Fife Council agree to SNP and Labour joint partnership". Dunfermline Press. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  13. ^ Ferguson, Keith (1982). A New Town's Heritage: An Introduction to the Story of Glenrothes (1st ed.). Glenrothes: Glenrothes Development Corporation. p. 91.
  14. ^ "The Fife (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1998",, The National Archives, SI 1998/3243, retrieved 21 April 2023
  15. ^ Scottish Parliament. The Fife (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006 as made, from
  16. ^ Scottish Parliament. The Fife (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 as made, from
  17. ^ "Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's 5th Electoral Review" (PDF). Scottish Government. Retrieved 6 January 2018.