1997 United Kingdom general election in Scotland

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1997 United Kingdom general election

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All 72 Scottish seats to the House of Commons
Turnout71.3%, Decrease4.2%
  First party Second party
  Tony Blair in 2002.jpg ASHDOWN Paddy.jpg
Leader Tony Blair Paddy Ashdown
Party Labour Liberal Democrats
Leader since 21 July 1994 16 July 1988
Seats before 49 9
Seats won 56 10
Seat change Increase7 Increase1
Popular vote 1,283,350 365,362
Percentage 45.6% 13.0%
Swing Increase6.6% Decrease0.1%

  Third party Fourth party
  Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland (cropped).jpg Prime Minister John Major (cropped).jpg
Leader Alex Salmond John Major
Party SNP Conservative
Leader since 22 September 1990 4 July 1995[n 1]
Seats before 3 11
Seats won 6 0
Seat change Increase3 Decrease11
Popular vote 621,550 493,059
Percentage 22.1% 17.5%
Swing Increase0.6% Decrease8.2%

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Results of the 1997 election in Scotland

These are the results of the 1997 United Kingdom general election in Scotland. The election was held on 1 May 1997 and all 72 seats in Scotland were contested. This would be the last UK general election to be contested in Scotland before the Scottish Parliament was reconvened on 1 July 1999 following overwhelming public approval in a referendum.

MPs[edit]

List of MPs for constituencies in Scotland (1997–2001)

Results[edit]

Below is a table summarising the results of the 1997 general election in Scotland.[2]

Party Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 56 Increase7 1,283,350 45.6 Increase6.6
SNP 6 Increase3 621,550 22.1 Increase0.6
Liberal Democrats 10 Increase1 365,362 13.0 Decrease0.1
Conservative 0 Decrease11 493,059 17.5 Decrease8.2
Referendum 0 New 26,726 0.95 New
Scottish Socialist 0 New 9,740 0.35 New
ProLife Alliance 0 5,750 0.25
Independent 0 2,162 0.08
Natural Law 0 1,979 0.07
Socialist Labour 0 1,945 0.07
Green 0 1,721 0.06
UKIP 0 1,585 0.06
Independent Labour 0 812 0.03
BNP 0 651 0.02
Liberal 0 650 0.02
Socialist (GB) 0 315 0.01
Workers Revolutionary 0 80 0.00
Turnout 2,816,748 71.3 Decrease4.2

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Labour
45.56%
SNP
22.06%
Conservative
17.50%
Liberal Democrats
12.97%
Other
1.91%
Parliament seats
Labour
77.78%
Liberal Democrats
13.89%
SNP
8.33%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conservative party leader John Major resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party on 22 June 1995 to face critics in his party and government, and was reelected as Leader on 4 July 1995. Prior to his resignation he had held the post of Leader of the Conservative Party since 28 November 1990.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995: Major wins Conservative leadership". BBC News. 4 July 1995.
  2. ^ "Election 2001 | Results | Scotland". BBC News. 14 August 2001. Retrieved 3 November 2011.