List of by-elections to the Scottish Parliament

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This is a list of by-elections to the Scottish Parliament, in reverse chronological order. It also shows vacancies that occurred in the regional list seats - these are filled by the next available candidate on the party list from the previous election.

Where seats changed political party at the by-election, the result is highlighted: red for a Labour gain, yellow for a Scottish National Party (SNP) gain, blue for a Conservative gain, orange for a Liberal Democrat gain, and grey for any other gain.

List of by-elections for constituency members[edit]

2011 - 2016 Parliamentary term[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Cowdenbeath 23 January 2014 Helen Eadie Labour Alex Rowley Labour Death (cancer)
Dunfermline 24 October 2013 Bill Walker SNP Cara Hilton Labour Resignation (convicted of assault)
Aberdeen Donside 20 June 2013 Brian Adam SNP Mark McDonald SNP Death (cancer)

2003 - 2007 Parliamentary term[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Moray 27 April 2006 Margaret Ewing SNP Richard Lochhead SNP Death (breast cancer)
Glasgow Cathcart 29 September 2005 Mike Watson Labour Charlie Gordon Labour Resignation (convicted of fire-raising)

1999 - 2003 Parliamentary term[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Banff and Buchan 7 June 2001 Alex Salmond SNP Stewart Stevenson SNP Resignation
Strathkelvin and Bearsden 7 June 2001 Sam Galbraith Labour Brian Fitzpatrick Labour Resignation (health reasons)
Glasgow Anniesland 23 November 2000 Donald Dewar Labour Bill Butler Labour Death (brain hemorrhage)
Ayr 16 March 20001 Ian Welsh Labour John Scott Conservative Resignation (family reasons)

List of regional list member replacements[edit]

2011 - 2016 Parliamentary term[edit]

Region Date Incumbent Party Replacement Party Cause
Lothian 12 August 2013 David McLetchie Conservative Cameron Buchanan Conservative Death
North East Scotland 15 May 2013 Mark McDonald SNP Christian Allard SNP Resignation in order to contest Aberdeen Donside
Mid Scotland and Fife 7 December 2012 John Park Labour Jayne Baxter Labour Resignation to take up a post with the Community Trade Union

2007 - 2011 Parliamentary term[edit]

Region Date Incumbent Party Replacement Party Cause
Glasgow 6 February 2009 Bashir Ahmad SNP Anne McLaughlin SNP Death
Lothians 31 August 2007 Stefan Tymkewycz SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville SNP Resignation to concentrate on Edinburgh City Council work

2003 - 2007 Parliamentary term[edit]

Region Date Incumbent Party Replacement Party Cause
Highlands and Islands 19 April 2006 Mary Scanlon Conservative Dave Petrie Conservative Resignation in order to contest Moray
North East Scotland 19 April 2006 Richard Lochhead SNP Maureen Watt SNP Resignation in order to contest Moray
South of Scotland 22 June 2005 David Mundell Conservative Derek Brownlee Conservative Resignation (elected as MP)
Mid Scotland and Fife 10 January 2005 Keith Raffan Liberal Democrat Andrew Arbuckle Liberal Democrat Resignation (health)

1999 - 2003 Parliamentary term[edit]

Region Date Incumbent Party Replacement Party Cause
Mid Scotland and Fife 14 August 2001 Nick Johnston Conservative Murdo Fraser Conservative Resignation (ill health)

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