David Torrance (politician)

David Torrance
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Kirkcaldy
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Marilyn Livingstone
Majority 7,395
Personal details
Born (1961-03-13) 13 March 1961[1]
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party[2]

David Herd Torrance (born 13 March 1961) is a Scottish National Party politician, and an elected member of the Scottish Parliament for the Kirkcaldy constituency from 2011.

Background History

Born in Kirkcaldy, David Torrance was educated at Balwearie High School and Adam Smith College, where he gained an HND Mechanical Engineering.

David is a member of the Scout Association, and has been Scout Leader since 1979. He is also the Assistant District Commissioner for Kirkcaldy District Scouts.


David Torrance joined the Scottish National Party in 1981 and was a Fife local Councillor in Fife Council from 1995 until being elected as an MSP in 2011.

David worked for British Gas, Alcan Chemicals, and Bosch Rexroth before going into politics full-time in 2007, working for Christopher Harvie MSP.

Electoral History

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Kirkcaldy
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP David Torrance 16,358 52.6 +7.3
Labour Claire Baker 8,963 28.8 −15.8
Conservative Martin Laidlaw 4,568 14.7 +7.5
Liberal Democrats Lauren Jones 1,219 3.9 +1.0
Majority 7,395 23.8
Turnout 31,108 52.3
SNP hold Swing +11.6
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Kirkcaldy
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP David Torrance 12,579 45.2 +11.9
Labour Marilyn Livingstone 12,397 44.6 -0.5
Conservative Ian McFarlane 2,007 7.2 -1.3
Liberal Democrats John Mainland 820 2.9 -10.1
Majority 182 0.7
Turnout 27,803 46.0
SNP gain from Labour Swing +6.2


Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Marilyn Livingstone
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Kirkcaldy

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