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. These occur when a constituency seat becomes vacant, due to the death or resignation of a member. 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.

There were no by-elections in the 3rd Scottish Parliament term (2007–11).

List of by-elections for constituency members[edit]

4th Scottish Parliament (2011–16)[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Cowdenbeath[1] 23 January 2014 Helen Eadie Labour Alex Rowley Labour Death (cancer)
Dunfermline[2] 24 October 2013 Bill Walker SNP Cara Hilton Labour Resignation (convicted of assault)
Aberdeen Donside[3] 20 June 2013 Brian Adam SNP Mark McDonald SNP Death (cancer)

2nd Scottish Parliament (2003–07)[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause
Moray[4] 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)

1st Scottish Parliament (1999–2003)[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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cowdenbeath by-election: Alex Rowley holds seat for Labour". BBC News. BBC. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dunfermline by-election: Labour's Cara Hilton wins seat from SNP". BBC News. BBC. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "SNP's Mark McDonald wins Aberdeen Donside by-election". BBC News. BBC. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "SNP's joy at by-election victory". BBC News. BBC. 28 April 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2017.