Election 2011

David Torrance is the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Kirkcaldy Constituency.

David Torrance stood as the SNP MSP candidate for the Kirkcaldy Constituency in the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections, where he succeeded in defeating the incumbent Labour MSP Marilyn Livingstone to win the seat for the SNP for the first time. He was re-elected in 2016 with a significantly increased majority.

David first joined the SNP in 1981. Formerly an engineer, David worked for British Gas, Alcan Chemicals and Rexroth Bosch before moving into full-time politics in 2007 to work for Chris Harvie MSP. David served as a local Councillor at Fife Council from 1995 representing the Kirkcaldy Central ward before becoming an MSP.

In Parliament, David is a member of both the Delegating Powers and Law Reform Committee and the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. He is a member of the Cross-Party Groups on Poland and Epilepsy, the latter of which he is the Deputy Convenor.

David is often confused with a Scottish journalist and writer with the same name. He would like to confirm that he is not a columnist for The Herald.

In his spare time, David’s main interest is the Scout movement. He has been a Leader within the Scout Assosciation since 1979, and served as the Assistant District Commissioner for Kirkcaldy District Scouts until November 2012.

David continues to support local organisations across the constituency, and takes a particularly keen interest in his local Scout group, Raith Rovers Football Club, the Linton Lane Centre, the Philip Hall and the Kirkcaldy YMCA among others. He enjoys snowboarding and playing the guitar.

David’s MSP profile can be seen on the Scottish Parliament website at:


David can be contacted through his Constituency Office on 01592 200349, or through his e-mail address at:


David’s Team

David’s team are always on hand to support his work in both the Kirkcaldy Constituency and in the Scottish Parliament. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with them to seek their assistance.


Zoe Hisbent

Office Manager



Gavin Hugh

Press & Casework Officer



Jenni Leigh




Nicola Patrick




Salma Saade

Parliamentary Assistant