Scottish Parliament general election, 2003

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Scottish Parliament election, 2003
Scotland
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All 129 seats to the Scottish Parliament
65 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Jack McConnell.jpg John Swinney.JPG
Leader Jack McConnell John Swinney
Party Labour SNP
Leader's seat Motherwell and Wishaw North Tayside
Last election 56 seats, 33.6% 35 seats, 27.3%
Seats won 50 27
Seat change Decrease6 Decrease8
Constituency Votes 659,879 449,476
Constituency % 34.6% 23.8%
List Votes 561,379 399,659
List % 29.3% 20.9 %

  Third party Fourth party
  DavidMcLetchieMSP20110509.JPG Jim Wallace.jpg
Leader David McLetchie Jim Wallace
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Edinburgh Pentlands Orkney
Last election 18 seats, 15.6% 17 seats, 12.4%
Seats won 18 17
Seat change Steady0 Steady0
Constituency Votes 312,598 286,150
Constituency % 16.6% 15.3%
List Votes 296,929 225,774
List % 15.5% 11.8%

Scottish Parliament election 2003 map.svg

Map constituency winners of the election by their party colours.

First Minister before election

Jack McConnell
Labour

First Minister-designate

Jack McConnell
Labour

The Scottish Parliament election, 2003, was the second general election of the Scottish Parliament. It was held on 1 May 2003 and it brought no change in terms of control of the Scottish Executive. Jack McConnell, the Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), remained in office as First Minister and the Executive continued as a Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition.

The results also showed rises in support for "minor parties" including the Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and declines in support for the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party (SNP). The Conservative and Unionist Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats each polled almost exactly the same percentage of the vote as they had in the 1999 election, with each holding the same number of seats as before.

Three independent MSPs were elected: Dennis Canavan, Margo MacDonald and Jean Turner. John Swinburne, leader of the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party, was also elected. This led to talk of a "rainbow" Parliament, but the arithmetic meant that the coalition of Labour and Scottish Liberal Democrats could continue in office, which they did until the 2007 election.

The decline in support for the SNP was viewed by some as a rejection of the case for Scottish independence. Others argued against this, pointing out that the number of MSPs in favour of independence actually rose because most of the minor parties such as the SSP share this position with the SNP.

For a full list of MSPs elected or re-elected see Members of the Scottish Parliament, 2003-2007.

Party leaders in 2003[edit]

Results[edit]

Notes:

1. The Scottish Greens did not stand in any constituencies, instead concentrating their resources on winning the largest possible share of the "second" vote for 'list' seats.

2. Two "others" were elected in constituencies: Dennis Canavan and Jean Turner, who both stood as independents.

3. Two "others" were elected as Additional Members: Margo MacDonald (an independent) and John Swinburne, who represented the SSCUP.

4. Overall turnout was 49.4%, down on the 1999 election.

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Parties Additional member system Total seats
Constituency Region
Votes  % +/− Seats +/− Votes  % +/− Seats +/− Total +/−  %
Labour 659,879 34.6 –4.21 46 –7 561,379 29.3 –4.34 4 +1 50 –6 38.8
SNP 449,476 23.8 –4.96 9 +2 399,659 20.9 –6.36 18 –10 27 –8 20.9
Conservative 312,598 16.6 +1.04 3 +3 296,929 15.5 +0.15 15 –3 18 ±0 14.0
Liberal Democrats 286,150 15.3 +1.15 13 +1 225,774 11.8 –0.63 4 –1 17 ±0 13.2
Scottish Green 132,138 6.9 +4.9 7 +6 7 +6 5.4
Scottish Socialist 117,709 6.2 +5.19 0 ±0 128,026 6.7 +3.1 6 +5 6 +5 4.7
Socialist Labour - - - - - 21,657 1.14 -1.23 - - -
Others 50,820 3.4 +2.5 2 +1 150,294 7.94 +2.2 2 +2 4 +3 3.1
  Total 1,891,335 100.0   73   1,915,856 100.0   56   129   100.0

Constituency and regional summary[edit]

Central Scotland[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Central Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Airdrie and Shotts Karen Whitefield Labour hold
Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour hold
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Cathie Craigie Labour hold
East Kilbride Andy Kerr Labour hold
Falkirk East Cathy Peattie Labour hold
Falkirk West Dennis Canavan Independent hold
Hamilton North and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour hold
Hamilton South Tom McCabe Labour hold
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Margaret Jamieson Labour hold
Motherwell and Wishaw Jack McConnell Labour hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Central Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Alex Neil
Michael Matheson
Linda Fabiani
3 −2 59,274 22.53% -5.25%
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 1 ±0 24,121 9.17% +0.02%
Scottish Socialist Carolyn Leckie 1 +1 19,016 7.23% +5.49%
Scottish Senior Citizens John Swinburne 1 +1 17,146 6.52% N/A
Liberal Democrats Donald Gorrie 1 ±0 15,494 5.89% -0.31%

Glasgow[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Glasgow
Constituency Elected member Result
Glasgow Anniesland Bill Butler Labour hold
Glasgow Baillieston Margaret Curran Labour hold
Glasgow Cathcart Mike Watson Labour hold
Glasgow Govan Gordon Jackson Labour hold
Glasgow Kelvin Pauline McNeill Labour hold
Glasgow Maryhill Patricia Ferguson Labour hold
Glasgow Pollok Johann Lamont Labour hold
Glasgow Rutherglen Janis Hughes Labour hold
Glasgow Shettleston Frank McAveety Labour hold
Glasgow Springburn Paul Martin Labour hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Glasgow
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Nicola Sturgeon
Sandra White
2 −2 34,894 17.1% -8.4%
Scottish Socialist Tommy Sheridan
Rosie Kane
2 +1 31,216 15.2% +8.0%
Conservative Bill Aitken 1 ±0 15,299 7.5% -0.4%
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 1 ±0 14,839 7.5% -0.4%
Scottish Green Patrick Harvie 1 +1 14,570 7.1% +3.1%

Highlands and Islands[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Highlands and Islands
Constituency Elected member Result
Argyll and Bute George Lyon Liberal Democrats
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Jamie Stone Liberal Democrats
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber Fergus Ewing SNP
Moray Margaret Ewing SNP
Orkney Jim Wallace Liberal Democrats
Ross, Skye and Inverness West John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrats
Shetland Tavish Scott Liberal Democrats
Western Isles Alasdair Morrison Labour
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Highlands and Islands
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Jim Mather
Rob Gibson
2 ±0 39,497 23.43% -4.3%
Labour Peter Peacock
Maureen Macmillan
2 −1 37,605 22.31% -3.16
Conservative Jamie McGrigor
Mary Scanlon
2 ±0 26,989 16.01% +1.07%
Scottish Green Eleanor Scott 1 +1 13,935 8.27% +4.52%

Lothians[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Lothians
Constituency Elected member Result
Edinburgh Central Sarah Boyack Labour hold
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh Susan Deacon Labour hold
Edinburgh North and Leith Malcolm Chisholm Labour hold
Edinburgh Pentlands David McLetchie Conservative gain from Labour
Edinburgh South Mike Pringle Liberal Democrats gain from Labour
Edinburgh West Margaret Smith Liberal Democrats hold
Linlithgow Mary Mulligan Labour hold
Livingston Bristow Muldoon Labour hold
Midlothian Rhona Brankin Labour hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Lothians
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Kenny MacAskill
Fiona Hyslop
2 −1 43,142 16.2% -9.5%
Conservative James Douglas-Hamilton 1 −1 40,173 15.1% -0.6%
Scottish Green Robin Harper
Mark Ballard
2 +1 31,908 12.0% +5.1%
Independent Margo MacDonald 1 +1 27,143 10.2% N/A
Scottish Socialist Colin Fox 1 +1 14,448 5.4% +3.8%

Mid Scotland and Fife[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Mid Scotland and Fife
Constituency Elected member Result
Dunfermline East Helen Eadie Labour
Dunfermline West Scott Barrie Labour
Fife Central Christine May Labour
Fife North East Iain Smith Liberal Democrats
Kirkcaldy Marilyn Livingstone Labour
North Tayside John Swinney SNP
Ochil George Reid SNP
Perth Roseanna Cunningham SNP
Stirling Sylvia Jackson Labour
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Mid Scotland and Fife
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Bruce Crawford
Tricia Marwick
2 −1 57,631 23.0% -5.7%
Conservative Murdo Fraser
Brian Monteith
Ted Brocklebank
3 ±0 43,941 17.6% -1.0%
Liberal Democrats Keith Raffan 1 ±0 30,112 12.0% -0.7%
Scottish Green Mark Ruskell 1 +1 17,147 6.9% +3.0%

North East Scotland[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: North East Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Aberdeen Central Lewis Macdonald Labour hold
Aberdeen North Brian Adam SNP gain from Labour
Aberdeen South Nicol Stephen Liberal Democrats hold
Angus Andrew Welsh SNP hold
Banff and Buchan Stewart Stevenson SNP hold
Dundee East Shona Robison SNP gain from Labour
Dundee West Kate Maclean Labour hold
Gordon Nora Radcliffe Liberal Democrats hold
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Mike Rumbles Liberal Democrats hold
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: North East Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Richard Lochhead 1 −3 66,463 27.3% -5.0%
Labour Marlyn Glen
Richard Baker
2 +2 49,189 20.2% -5.3%
Conservative David Davidson
Nanette Milne
Alex Johnstone
3 ±0 42,318 17.4% -0.9%
Scottish Green Shiona Baird 1 +1 12,724 5.2% +2.4%

South of Scotland[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: South of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Ayr John Scott Conservative
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Cathy Jamieson Labour
Clydesdale Karen Gillon Labour
Cunninghame South Irene Oldfather Labour
Dumfries Elaine Murray Labour
East Lothian John Home Robertson Labour
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale Alex Fergusson Conservative
Roxburgh and Berwickshire Euan Robson Liberal Democrats
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrats
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: South of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative Phil Gallie
David Mundell
2 −1 63,827 24.2% +2.6%
SNP Christine Grahame
Adam Ingram
Alasdair Morgan
3 ±0 48,371 18.4% -6.7%
Scottish Green Chris Ballance 1 +1 15,062 5.7% +2.7%
Scottish Socialist Rosemary Byrne 1 +1 14,228 5.4% +4.4%

West of Scotland[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour
Cunninghame North Allan Wilson Labour
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Jean Turner Independent
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Campbell Martin
Bruce McFee
Stewart Maxwell
3 −1 50,387 19.6% -6.3%
Conservative Annabel Goldie
Murray Tosh
2 ±0 40,261 15.7% -
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 ±0 31,580 12.3% +1.3%
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 1 +1 18,591 7.2% +5.3

Coalition[edit]

As part of the coalition deal between Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Labour allowed proportional representation to be used in Scottish local government elections. This system was first used in 2007.

See also[edit]

Party Manifestos[edit]

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