Neale Hanvey
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Neale Hanvey

Neale Hanvey

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Member of Parliament
for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

12 December 2019
Lesley Laird
Majority1,243 (2.6%)
Personal details
James Neale Hanvey

December 1964 (age 55)
Political partyIndependent (2019-present)
SNP (until 2019)

James Neale Hanvey[1] (born December 1964)[2] is a Scottish politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath at the 2019 general election.[3] Initially selected as the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for the seat, he was later suspended from the party prior to his election and currently sits as an Independent. However, he is due to be readmitted to the party in May 2020.


Hanvey had previously been elected as a Scottish National Party councillor in the 2012 Scottish local elections for the Dunfermline Central ward in Fife, but lost his seat at the 2017 election.

In October 2019, he was selected as the SNP candidate for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency at the 2019 election. He was suspended and had support for his campaign withdrawn by the party on 26 November after allegations he had previously made anti-Semitic social media posts, in which he compared Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people to the Holocaust and criticised the alleged influence of George Soros.[4][5] He remained named as the SNP candidate on the ballot paper however, as this could not be changed after the close of election nominations.[4][5] In March 2020, the SNP's conduct committee agreed to readmit Hanvey to the party in May 2020, on completion of an education course at a Holocaust centre.[6]


Hanvey was subsequently elected as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath at the 2019 election, gaining the seat from the Labour Party's shadow Scottish secretary Lesley Laird by a narrow majority of 1,243 votes or 2.6%.[7] He sits as an independent MP.[8] It is thought to be the first time a challenger has undergone suspension as candidate from a party, won the seat and then sat as an independent.[5]

He was elected as one of 45 openly LGBT MPs.[9]


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  2. ^ "James Neale HANVEY - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "General Election 2019: Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Nicola Sturgeon: SNP members must stop supporting candidate Neale Hanvey". The Scotsman. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Axed SNP candidate elected to Westminster". 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ ."SNP to readmit MP Neale Hanvey after anti-Semitism probe". BBC. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath parliamentary constituency - Election 2019" – via
  8. ^ Neale Hanvey (16 December 2019). "My bags are packed and ready for my first day as the independent MP for the wonderful communities of the Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath constituency. #ForABetterScotland". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "The new UK Parliament reportedly has the highest number of LGBTQ MPs in the world". 16 December 2019.

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