2016 Scottish Parliament election

The 2016 Scottish parliament election was held on Thursday, 5 May 2016[1] to elect 129 members to the Scottish Parliament. It was the fifth election held since the devolved parliament was established in 1999. It was the first parliamentary election in Scotland in which 16 and 17 year olds were eligible to vote, under the provisions of the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Act.[2][3] It was also the first time the three largest parties were led by women.

2016 Scottish Parliament election

5 May 2016

All 129 seats to the Scottish Parliament
65 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout55.6% 5.2%
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Nicola Sturgeon Ruth Davidson Kezia Dugdale
Party SNP Conservative Labour
Leader since 14 November 2014 4 November 2011 15 August 2015
Leader's seat Glasgow Southside Edinburgh Central Lothian
Last election 69 seats 15 seats 37 seats
Seats before 64 15 38
Seats won 63 31 24
Seat change 1 16 14
Constituency vote 1,059,897 501,844 514,261
% and swing 46.5% 1.1% 22.0% 8.1% 22.6% 9.2%
Regional vote 953,587 524,222 435,919
% and swing 41.7% 2.3% 22.9% 10.6% 19.1% 7.2%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Patrick Harvie /
Maggie Chapman
Willie Rennie
Party Scottish Green Liberal Democrats
Leader since Nov. 2008 / Nov. 2013 17 May 2011
Leader's seat Glasgow /
N. East Scotland (Lost)
North East Fife
Last election 2 seats 5 seats
Seats before 2 5
Seats won 6 5
Seat change 4
Constituency vote 13,172 178,238
% and swing 0.6% 0.6% 7.8% 0.1%
Regional vote 150,426 119,284
% and swing 6.6% 2.2% 5.2%

The left side shows constituency winners of the election by their party colours. The right side shows regional winners of the election for the additional members by their party colours.

First Minister before election

Nicola Sturgeon

Elected First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon

Parliament went into dissolution on 24 March 2016, allowing the official period of campaigning to get underway. Five parties had MSPs in the previous parliament: Scottish National Party (SNP) led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour Party led by Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Conservatives led by Ruth Davidson, Scottish Liberal Democrats led by Willie Rennie, Scottish Greens, led by their co-conveners Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman. Of those five parties, four changed their leader since the 2011 election.

During the campaign, a series of televised debates took place, including party leaders of the elected parties. BBC Scotland held the first leaders’ debate on 24 March, STV broadcast the next on 29 March, and BBC Scotland hosted the final debate on 1 May.

The Scottish National Party won the election and a third term in government, but fell two seats short of securing a second consecutive overall majority.[4][5] The Conservatives saw a significant increase in support and replaced the Labour Party as the second-largest party and main opposition in the Scottish Parliament. This was the first time that Labour had finished in third place at a Scottish election in 98 years.[4][5] The Scottish Greens won six seats on the regional list and overtook the Liberal Democrats, who remained on five seats.[4][5]

Although the SNP had lost their majority, it was still by far the largest single party in the Scottish Parliament, with more than double the seats of the Conservatives. Accordingly, Sturgeon announced she would form a minority SNP government. She was voted in for a second term as First Minister on 17 May.[6]


Under the Scotland Act 1998, an ordinary election to the Scottish Parliament would normally have been held on the first Thursday in May four years after the 2011 election, i.e. in May 2015.[7] In May 2010, the new UK Government stated in its coalition agreement that the next United Kingdom general election would also be held in May 2015.[8] This proposal was criticised by the Scottish National Party and Labour, as it had been recommended after the 2007 election that elections with different voting systems should be held on separate days: a recommendation which all of the political parties had then accepted.[9] In response to this criticism, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg offered the right to vary the date of the Scottish Parliament election by a year either way.[10] All the main political parties then stated their support for delaying the election by a year.[11][12] The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, a statute of the UK Parliament, moved the date of the Scottish Parliament election to 5 May 2016.[1]

The date of the poll may be varied by up to one month either way by the monarch, on the proposal of the Presiding Officer.[7]

If Parliament itself resolves that it should be dissolved, with at least two-thirds of the Members (i.e. 86 Members) voting in favour, the Presiding Officer proposes a date for an extraordinary election and the Parliament is dissolved by the monarch by royal proclamation.

It does not necessarily require a two-thirds majority to precipitate an extraordinary election, because under the Scotland Act Parliament is also dissolved if it fails to nominate one of its members to be First Minister within certain time limits, irrespective of whether at the beginning or in the middle of a parliamentary term. Therefore, if the First Minister resigned, Parliament would then have 28 days to elect a successor (s46(2)b and s46(3)a). If no new First Minister was elected then the Presiding Officer would ask for Parliament to be dissolved under s3(1)a. This process could also be triggered if the First Minister lost a vote of confidence by a simple majority (i.e. more than 50%), as s/he must then resign (Scotland Act 1998 s45(2)). To date the Parliament has never held a confidence vote on a First Minister.

No extraordinary elections have been held to date. Any extraordinary elections would be in addition to ordinary elections, unless held less than six months before the due date of an ordinary election, in which case they supplant it. The subsequent ordinary election reverts to the first Thursday in May, a multiple of four years after 1999.[13]

It was envisaged that the election would still have taken place as scheduled if Scotland had voted in favour of independence in 2014.[14]

Retiring MSPs

Constituency/Region Departing MSP Party
Edinburgh Central Marco Biagi[15] Scottish National Party
Cunninghame South Margaret Burgess[16] Scottish National Party
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Rob Gibson[17] Scottish National Party
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Adam Ingram[18] Scottish National Party
Edinburgh Eastern Kenny MacAskill[19] Scottish National Party
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Fiona McLeod[20] Scottish National Party
Aberdeenshire East Alex Salmond[21] Scottish National Party
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Dave Thompson[22] Scottish National Party
North East Scotland Richard Baker[23] Scottish Labour Party
Edinburgh Northern and Leith Malcolm Chisholm[24] Scottish Labour Party
Renfrewshire South Hugh Henry[25] Scottish Labour Party
West Scotland Margaret McDougall[26] Scottish Labour Party
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil[27] Scottish Labour Party
South Scotland Graeme Pearson[28] Scottish Labour Party
Mid Scotland and Fife Richard Simpson[29] Scottish Labour Party
Glasgow Drew Smith[30] Scottish Labour Party
Lothian Gavin Brown[31] Scottish Conservative Party
Lothian Cameron Buchanan[32] Scottish Conservative Party
Galloway and West Dumfries Alex Fergusson[33] Scottish Conservative Party
West Scotland Annabel Goldie[34] Scottish Conservative Party
Highlands and Islands Jamie McGrigor[35] Scottish Conservative Party
North East Scotland Nanette Milne[33] Scottish Conservative Party
Highlands and Islands Mary Scanlon[36] Scottish Conservative Party
Mid Fife and Glenrothes Tricia Marwick[37] Presiding Officer

Deselected MSPs

Changes to the SNP's selection procedures the previous year in order to ensure gender balance of candidates meant that any incumbent constituency MSP who chose to retire would have their replacement selected from an all woman shortlist. The only ways for a new male candidate to receive a constituency nomination would be to stand in a constituency currently held by an opposition MSP or to run a de-selection campaign against a sitting MSP. For that reason there were far more challenges than normal within the SNP, but only two were successful:

Constituency Selected candidate Deselected MSP Party Retained position on regional list
Angus North and Mearns Mairi Evans Nigel Don[38] Scottish National Party Yes (North East Scotland)
Edinburgh Western Toni Giugliano Colin Keir[39] Scottish National Party No

Election system, seats, and regions

The total number of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) elected to the Parliament is 129.

The First Periodical Review of the Scottish Parliament's constituencies and regions by the Boundary Commission for Scotland, was announced on 3 July 2007. The Commission published its provisional proposals for the regional boundaries in 2009.

The Scottish Parliament uses an Additional Members System, designed to produce approximate proportional representation for each region. There are 8 regions, each sub-divided into smaller constituencies. There are a total of 73 constituencies. Each constituency elects one MSP by the plurality (first past the post) system of election. Each region elects 7 additional MSPs using an additional member system. A modified D'Hondt method, using the constituency results, is used to elect these additional MSPs.[40][41]

The Scottish Parliament constituencies have not been coterminous with Scottish Westminster constituencies since the 2005 general election, when the 72 former UK Parliament constituencies were replaced with a new set of 59, generally larger, constituencies (see Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004). The boundaries used for the Scottish Parliament elections were then revised for the 2011 election. The Boundary Commission also recommended changes to the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament,[42] which were also implemented in 2011.


On 29 February 2016, BBC Scotland's Scotland 2016 current affairs programme held a debate focusing on education featuring the Education Minister Angela Constance and three party leaders: Kezia Dugdale, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie.[43]

On 24 March 2016, BBC Scotland held a debate in Glasgow which was televised that featured Dugdale, Davidson, Rennie, Nicola Sturgeon, Patrick Harvie and David Coburn.[44]

On 29 March 2016, STV hosted a televised leaders’ debate, featuring the five leaders of the parties which held seats in the last Parliament.[45]

From 5–26 April 2016, Scotland 2016 also held a series of weekly subject debates on Tuesday nights. The subjects were Tax, Health, Energy & Environment, and Housing.[46] Of these, six parties (SNP, Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Greens and UKIP) were invited to the Tax debate.

Parties contesting the election

The official nomination period closed on 1 April 2016, lists of candidates were then published by local councils once the applications had been processed.[47]

In March 2015, the Scottish Greens balloted their members to select candidates for their regional lists.[48] The SNP released their regional candidate list in October 2015.[49] The Conservative regional candidate list followed in December.[50] In January 2016, RISE – Scotland's Left Alliance announced list candidates for all regions except the North East.[51] Labour had announced a new selection process for regional candidates in November 2013,[52] then revealed their full list of regional candidates in February 2016.[53] UKIP's regional candidates were picked by their executive committee, prompting one prospective candidate to resign his party membership.[54]

Contesting constituency and regional ballot

The Scottish National Party, the Scottish Labour Party, the Scottish Conservative Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats fielded candidates in all 73 constituencies.[55]

Contesting regional ballot only

Contesting constituency ballot only

Opinion polling

The chart shows the relative state of the parties for the regional list ballot from the start of 2014, when regular polling began, until the date of the election.


 Scottish Parliament election, 2016
Party Constituencies Regional additional members Total seats
Votes % ± Seats ± Votes % ± Seats ± Total ± %
SNP 1,059,897 46.5 1.1 59 6 953,587 41.7 2.3 4 12 63 6 48.8
Conservative 501,844 22.0 8.1 7 4 524,222 22.9 10.6 24 12 31 16 24.0
Labour 514,261 22.6 9.2 3 12 435,919 19.1 7.2 21 1 24 13 18.6
Scottish Green 13,172 0.6 0.6 0 150,426 6.6 2.2 6 4 6 4 4.7
Liberal Democrats 178,238 7.8 0.1 4 2 119,284 5.2 1 2 5 3.9
UKIP 46,426 2.0 1.1 0 0 0.0
Solidarity 14,333 0.6 0.5 0 0 0.0
Scottish Christian 1,162 0.1 0 11,686 0.5 0.3 0 0 0.0
RISE 10,911 0.5 N/A 0 0 0.0
Women's Equality 5,968 0.3 N/A 0 0 0.0
Independent 6,011 0.3 0.3 0 4,420 0.2 0.9 0 1 0 1 0.0
A Better Britain – Unionist Party 2,453 0.1 N/A 0 0 0.0
Animal Welfare 1,819 0.1 N/A 0 0 0.0
Libertarian 119 0.0 N/A 0 1,686 0.1 N/A 0 0 0.0
Clydesdale and South Scotland Independent 909 0.0 N/A 0 1,485 0.1 N/A 0 0 0.0
National Front 617 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
Communist 510 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
TUSC 3,540 0.1 N/A 0 0 0.0
 Total2,279,153100.0 73 2,285,752100.0 56 129 100.0

Votes summary

Popular Vote (Constituency)
Liberal Democrats
Popular Vote (Regional)
Liberal Democrats
Parliament seats
Liberal Democrats

Constituency and regional summary

Central Scotland

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Central Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Airdrie and Shotts Alex Neil SNP hold
Coatbridge and Chryston Fulton MacGregor SNP gain from Labour
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn SNP hold
East Kilbride Linda Fabiani SNP hold
Falkirk East Angus MacDonald SNP hold
Falkirk West Michael Matheson SNP hold
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie SNP hold
Motherwell and Wishaw Clare Adamson SNP gain from Labour
Uddingston and Bellshill Richard Lyle SNP gain from Labour
Scottish parliamentary election, 2016: Central Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 -3 129,082 47.7% +1.3%
Labour Richard Leonard
Monica Lennon
Mark Griffin
Elaine Smith
4 +1 67,103 24.8 -10.5%
Conservative Margaret Mitchell
Graham Simpson
Alison Harris
3 +2 43,602 16.1 +9.7%
Scottish Green 0 0 12,722 4.7% +2.3%


Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Glasgow
Constituency Elected member Result
Glasgow Anniesland Bill Kidd SNP hold
Glasgow Cathcart James Dornan SNP hold
Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White SNP hold
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Bob Doris SNP gain from Labour
Glasgow Pollok Humza Yousaf SNP gain from Labour
Glasgow Provan Ivan McKee SNP gain from Labour
Glasgow Shettleston John Mason SNP hold
Glasgow Southside Nicola Sturgeon SNP hold
Rutherglen Clare Haughey SNP gain from Labour
Scottish parliamentary election, 2016: Glasgow
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 -2 111,101 44.8% +4.9%
Labour Anas Sarwar
Johann Lamont
James Kelly
Pauline McNeill
4 +1 59,151 23.8% -11.1%
Conservative Adam Tomkins
Annie Wells
2 +1 29,533 11.9% +5.8%
Scottish Green Patrick Harvie 1 ±0 23,398 9.4% +3.5%

Highlands and Islands

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Highlands and Islands
Constituency Elected member Result
Argyll and Bute Michael Russell SNP hold
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Gail Ross SNP hold
Inverness and Nairn Fergus Ewing SNP hold
Moray Richard Lochhead SNP hold
Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan SNP hold
Orkney Liam McArthur Liberal Democrats hold
Shetland Tavish Scott Liberal Democrats hold
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Kate Forbes SNP hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Highlands and Islands
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Maree Todd 1 -2 81,600 39.7% -7.8%
Conservative Douglas Ross
Edward Mountain
Donald Cameron
3 +1 44,693 21.8% +10.1%
Liberal Democrats 0 ±0 27,223 13.3% +1.1%
Labour Rhoda Grant
David Stewart
2 ±0 22,894 11.2% -3.3%
Scottish Green John Finnie 1 +1 14,781 7.2% +2.1%


Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Lothian
Constituency Elected member Result
Almond Valley Angela Constance SNP hold
Edinburgh Central Ruth Davidson Conservative gain from SNP
Edinburgh Eastern Ash Denham SNP hold
Edinburgh Northern and Leith Ben Macpherson SNP gain from Labour
Edinburgh Pentlands Gordon MacDonald SNP hold
Edinburgh Southern Daniel Johnson Labour gain from SNP
Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrats gain from SNP
Linlithgow Fiona Hyslop SNP hold
Midlothian North and Musselburgh Colin Beattie SNP hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Lothian
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 0 118,546 36.2% -2.9%
Conservative Miles Briggs
Gordon Lindhurst
Jeremy Balfour
3 +1 74,972 22.9% +11.3%
Labour Kezia Dugdale
Neil Findlay
2 -1 67,991 20.8% -4.1%
Scottish Green Alison Johnstone
Andy Wightman
2 +1 34,551 10.6% +3.0%
Independent 0 -1 -6.6%

Margo MacDonald had been elected on the Lothian regional list in 2011, as an Independent; she died in 2014.

Mid Scotland and Fife

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Mid Scotland and Fife
Constituency Elected member Result
Clackmannanshire and Dunblane Keith Brown SNP hold
Cowdenbeath Annabelle Ewing SNP gain from Labour
Dunfermline Shirley-Anne Somerville SNP hold
Kirkcaldy David Torrance SNP hold
Mid Fife and Glenrothes Jenny Gilruth SNP hold
North East Fife Willie Rennie Liberal Democrats gain from SNP
Perthshire North John Swinney SNP hold
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire Roseanna Cunningham SNP hold
Stirling Bruce Crawford SNP hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Mid Scotland and Fife
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 -1 120,128 41.3% -3.9%
Conservative Murdo Fraser
Elizabeth Smith
Alexander Stewart
Dean Lockhart
4 +2 73,293 25.2% +11.0%
Labour Claire Brennan-Baker
Alex Rowley
2 -1 51,373 17.6% -7.4%
Liberal Democrats 0 -1 20,401 7.0% +1.2%
Scottish Green Mark Ruskell 1 +1 17,860 6.1% +1.9%

North East Scotland

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: North East Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Aberdeen Central Kevin Stewart SNP hold
Aberdeen Donside Mark McDonald SNP hold
Aberdeen South & North Kincardine Maureen Watt SNP hold
Aberdeenshire East Gillian Martin SNP hold
Aberdeenshire West Alexander Burnett Conservative gain from SNP
Angus North & Mearns Mairi Evans SNP hold
Angus South Graeme Dey SNP hold
Banffshire & Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson SNP hold
Dundee City East Shona Robison SNP hold
Dundee City West Joe Fitzpatrick SNP hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: North East Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 -1 137,086 44.7% -8.1%
Conservative Alex Johnstone
Ross Thomson
Peter Chapman
Liam Kerr
4 +2 85,848 28.0% +13.9%
Labour Jenny Marra
Lewis MacDonald
2 -1 38,791 12.6% -3.8%
Liberal Democrats Mike Rumbles 1 ±0 18,444 6.0% -0.8%
Scottish Green 0 ±0 15,123 4.9% +1.0%

South Scotland

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: South Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Ayr John Scott Conservative hold
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Jeane Freeman SNP hold
Clydesdale Aileen Campbell SNP hold
Dumfriesshire Oliver Mundell Conservative gain from Labour
East Lothian Iain Gray Labour hold
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont Conservative hold
Galloway and West Dumfries Finlay Carson Conservative hold
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Willie Coffey SNP hold
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Christine Grahame SNP hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: South Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Joan McAlpine
Emma Harper
Paul Wheelhouse
3 -1 120,217 38.3% -2.7
Conservative Rachael Hamilton
Brian Whittle
2 +2 100,753 32.1% +12.6
Labour Claudia Beamish
Colin Smyth
2 0 56,072 17.8% -7.5
Scottish Green 0 0 14,773 4.7% +1.6
Liberal Democrats 0 -1 11,775 3.7% -1.7

West Scotland

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: West Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Gil Paterson SNP hold
Cunninghame North Kenneth Gibson SNP hold
Cunninghame South Ruth Maguire SNP hold
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour hold
Eastwood Jackson Carlaw Conservative gain from Labour
Greenock and Inverclyde Stuart McMillan SNP gain from Labour
Paisley George Adam SNP hold
Renfrewshire North and West Derek MacKay SNP hold
Renfrewshire South Tom Arthur SNP gain from Labour
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Rona Mackay SNP hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2016: West Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP 0 -2 135,827 42.2% +0.6%
Labour Mary Fee
Neil Bibby
Ken Macintosh
3 ±0 72,544 22.5% -10.2%
Conservative Jamie Greene
Maurice Golden
Maurice Corry
3 +1 71,528 22.2% +9.5%
Scottish Green Ross Greer 1 +1 17,218 5.3% +2.4%

Target seats

Below are listed all the constituencies which required a swing of less than 5% from the 2011 result to change hands.

SNP targets

Rank Constituency Winning party 2011 Swing to gain SNP's place 2011 Result
1 East Lothian Labour 0.24 2nd Labour Hold
2 Greenock & Inverclyde Labour 0.91 2nd SNP Gain
3 Edinburgh Northern & Leith Labour 0.97 2nd SNP Gain
4 Motherwell & Wishaw Labour 1.21 2nd SNP Gain
5 Uddingston & Bellshill Labour 1.43 2nd SNP Gain
6 Galloway & West Dumfries Conservative 1.44 2nd Conservative Hold
7 Ayr Conservative 1.67 2nd Conservative Hold
8 Glasgow Pollok Labour 1.36 2nd SNP Gain
9 Cowdenbeath Labour 2.43 2nd SNP Gain
10 Dumbarton Labour 2.87 2nd Labour Hold
11 Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn Labour 3.15 2nd SNP Gain
12 Rutherglen Labour 3.28 2nd SNP Gain
13 Renfrewshire South Labour 4.81 2nd SNP Gain

Labour targets

Rank Constituency Winning party 2011 Swing to gain Labour's place 2011 Result
1 Glasgow Anniesland SNP 0.02 2nd SNP Hold
2 Kirkcaldy SNP 0.33 2nd SNP Hold
3 Edinburgh Central SNP 0.41 2nd Conservative Gain
4 Paisley SNP 0.49 2nd SNP Hold
5 Edinburgh Southern SNP 1.03 2nd Labour Gain
6 Aberdeen Central SNP 1.23 2nd SNP Hold
7 Clydebank & Milngavie SNP 1.26 2nd SNP Hold
8 Glasgow Shettleston SNP 1.39 2nd SNP Hold
9 Glasgow Kelvin SNP 1.80 2nd SNP Hold
10 Strathkelvin & Bearsden SNP 2.67 2nd SNP Hold
11 Renfrewshire North & West SNP 2.85 2nd SNP Hold
12 Glasgow Cathcart SNP 3.04 2nd SNP Hold
13 East Kilbride SNP 3.26 2nd SNP Hold
14 Edinburgh Eastern SNP 3.64 2nd SNP Hold
15 Airdrie and Shotts SNP 4.19 2nd SNP Hold
16 Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse SNP 4.37 2nd SNP Hold
17 Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley SNP 4.50 2nd SNP Hold

Conservative targets

Rank Constituency Winning party 2011 Swing to gain Con place 2011 Result
1 Edinburgh Pentlands SNP 2.93 2nd SNP Hold
2 Eastwood Labour 3.16 2nd Conservative Gain
3 Dumfriesshire Labour 4.97 2nd Conservative Gain

Liberal Democrat targets

Rank Constituency Winning party 2011 Swing to gain LD's place 2011 Result
1 Edinburgh Southern SNP 2.45 3rd Labour Gain
2 Edinburgh Western SNP 4.02 2nd Lib Dem Gain
3 North East Fife SNP 4.37 2nd Lib Dem Gain

Incumbents defeated

Constituency/Region MSP Party MSP Since Office previously held
Uddingston and Bellshill Michael McMahon Scottish Labour Party 1999 Shadow Minister for Community
Central Scotland Siobhan McMahon Scottish Labour Party 2011 Shadow Minister for Public Services and Wealth Creation
Central Scotland Margaret McCulloch Scottish Labour Party 2011
Motherwell, Wishaw and Hamilton John Pentland Scottish Labour Party 2011 Shadow Minister for Opportunity
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Patricia Ferguson Scottish Labour Party 1999
Glasgow Provan Paul Martin Scottish Labour Party 1999
Glasgow Hanzala Malik Scottish Labour Party 2011
Glasgow Anne McTaggart Scottish Labour Party 2011 Shadow Minister for Democracy
Lothian Sarah Boyack Scottish Labour Party 1999 Spokesperson for Environmental Justice
Dunfermline Cara Hilton Scottish Labour Party 2013 Shadow Minister for Opportunity
Mid Scotland and Fife Jayne Baxter Scottish Labour Party 2012 Shadow Minister for Community
Dumfriesshire Elaine Murray Scottish Labour Party 1999 Shadow Minister for Justice
North East Scotland Lesley Brennan Scottish Labour Party 2016
Highlands and Islands Mike MacKenzie Scottish National Party 2011
North East Fife Roderick Campbell Scottish National Party 2011
Edinburgh Southern Jim Eadie Scottish National Party 2011
Aberdeenshire West Dennis Robertson Scottish National Party 2011
Angus North and Mearns (stood for North East Scotland) Nigel Don Scottish National Party 2007 Convener of the Scottish Parliament Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee
North East Scotland Christian Allard Scottish National Party 2013
South Scotland Aileen McLeod[65] Scottish National Party 2011 Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
South Scotland Chic Brodie Scottish National Party 2011
West Scotland Stewart Maxwell Scottish National Party 2003 Convener of the Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee
North East Scotland Alison McInnes Scottish Liberal Democrats 2007
South Scotland Jim Hume Scottish Liberal Democrats 2007
Central Scotland John Wilson Scottish Green Party (formerly SNP) 2007
Highlands and Islands Jean Urquhart RISE (formerly SNP) 2011

See also

Other elections in the UK being held on the same day

UK parliamentary by-elections


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