Dunfermline by-election blow for Labour as survey shows 90 per cent against school closures


Results of a survey conducted in the Dunfermline constituency of disgraced former MSP Bill Walker has revealed almost 90 per cent of local residents are opposed to the school closure programme being considered by the Labour controlled local authority.
The Scottish National Party carried out the residents’ survey in Dunfermline about Fife Council’s schools closure plans – which has become a central issue in the by-election to elect a replacement for Mr Walker.

The council plan to close seven schools – three of them in Dunfermline constituency.

As of Saturday, the SNP have had responses from 6,892 people in the constituency on the issue, which show that nearly 90% believe that Labour-run Fife council’s school closures programme should be ditched, while only 10% of respondents disagree.

The poll is a blow to Labour candidate Cara Hilton who, in her position as a local councillor, has already voted in favour of the closure process.

SNP candidate Shirley-Anne Somerville said that the parents’ campaign – backed by the SNP – to stop Labour’s closures has become the ‘key issue’ of the by-election campaign.

Ms Somerville said:

“The feedback we have received from people on the doorsteps is that they overwhelmingly oppose Labour’s planned closures of Pitcorthie, Wellwood and Crombie primary schools.

“The people of Dunfermline regard school closures as the key issue, and have made their views clear in this survey.  These results shows just how out of touch the Labour council in Fife is, and how much support the parents campaigning to save their schools have.

“The pressure of a by-election campaign is forcing this issue to the top of the agenda in Fife – and an SNP victory, based on our support for the parents’ campaign, can save these schools.”