Scottish Labour Party

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Scottish Labour Party
Leader Jim Murphy
Deputy Leader Kezia Dugdale
General Secretary Brian Roy
Founded 1915 (as the Scottish Advisory Council of the Labour Party)[citation needed]
1994 (as the Scottish Labour Party)
Headquarters 290 Bath Street
G2 4RE
Student wing Scottish Labour Students
Youth wing Scottish Young Labour
Ideology Social democracy[1]
Third Way[1]
Political position Centre left
International affiliation Progressive Alliance,
Socialist International (Observer)
European affiliation Party of European Socialists
European Parliament group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Colours Red
Scottish seats in the House of Commons
41 / 59
Scottish seats in the European Parliament
2 / 6
Scottish Parliament
38 / 129
Local government in Scotland
394 / 1,222
Politics of Scotland
Political parties

The Scottish Labour Party (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrtaidh Làbarach na h-Alba[2]) (often branded Scottish Labour) is the section of the United Kingdom's Labour Party which operates in Scotland.

In 1915, a Scottish Advisory Council (SAC) was formed by the Labour Party, while in 1918 Scotland was formalised as a "region" in the Labour Party Rule Book[citation needed] and the SAC was renamed as the Scottish Council of the Labour Party[citation needed]. In 1994, the Scottish Council of the Labour Party was rebranded as the Scottish Labour Party.[citation needed]

Labour once held a long dominance over modern Scottish politics, having won the largest share of the vote in Scotland at every UK general election since the 1960s,[3] every European Parliament general election from 1979 until defeated by the SNP in 2009, and in the first two elections to the Scottish Parliament, held in 1999 and 2003. For each of these two terms, Scottish Labour entered into a coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, forming a majority Scottish Executive.

In the 2007 Scottish Parliament election Labour fell back to become the second largest party, with a lower share of the vote and with one fewer seat than the Scottish National Party (SNP), who subsequently formed a minority government. It fell back further but remained the second largest party after the 2011 Scottish Parliament election while the SNP advanced to form the first majority government since the Scottish Parliament was re-established in 1999. Labour hold 37 of 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament, 41 of 59 Scottish seats in the House of Commons and 2 of 6 Scottish seats in the European Parliament.


The Scottish Labour Party is registered as an Accounting Unit (AU) of the Labour Party with the Electoral Commission and is therefore not a separately registered political party under the terms of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. As such Scottish Labour does not have a "party leader", although Jim Murphy leads the Scottish division of the UK party, having been elected by members in 2014. At party conferences he appears under the title "Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland".

Scottish Executive Committee

The Scottish Labour Party is administered by the Scottish Executive Committee (SEC), which is responsible to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee (NEC).

The Scottish Executive Committee is made up of representatives of party members, elected members and party affiliates, for example, trade unions and socialist societies.

Party Officers:

  • Chair: Jamie Glackin
  • Vice Chair: Jacqueline Martin
  • Treasurer: Cathy Peattie

Leader of the Labour Group in the Scottish Parliament

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Scottish general secretary

As with Welsh Labour, the Scottish Labour Party has its own general secretary which is the administrative head of the party, responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, and reports to the UK General Secretary of the Labour Party.

The current Scottish general secretary is Ian Price, who succeeded Colin Smyth in 2013.[4]


The Scottish Labour headquarters is currently at Bath Street, Glasgow. It was formerly co-located with the offices of Unite the Union at John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street.


The party holds an annual conference during February/March each year.


In 2008, Scottish Labour Party membership was reported as 17,000, down from a peak of approximately 30,000 in the run-up to the 1997 general election.[5] The figures included in the Annual Report presented to the Scottish Party Conference in 2008, also recorded that more than half of all Constituency Labour parties (CLPs) had less than 300 members, with 14 having less than 200 members.[6]

In September 2010, the party issued 13,135 ballot papers to party members during the Labour Party (UK) leadership election. These did not necessarily equate to 13,135 individual members – due to the party's electoral structure, members can qualify for multiple votes.[7] The party has declined to reveal its membership figures since 2008, and did not publish the number of votes cast in the leadership elections of 2011 or 2014, only percentages.[8]

In November 2014 the party's membership was claimed by an unnamed source reported in the Sunday Herald to be 13,500.[9] Other recent reports in the media have quoted figures of "as low as 8,000" (the Evening Times) [10] and "less than 10,000" (New Statesman).[11] In December 2014 the newly elected leader Jim Murphy claimed that the figure was "about 20,000" on the TV programme Scotland Tonight.[12]

According to the accounts it submitted to the Electoral Commission the party had an income from membership of £115,636 in 2013, the most recent year for which figures have been published.


The Labour Party campaigned for the creation of a devolved Scottish Parliament as part of its wider policy of a devolved United Kingdom. In the late 1980s and 1990s it and its representatives participated in the Scottish Constitutional Convention with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Green Party, trades unions and churches, and also campaigned for a "Yes-Yes" vote in the 1997 referendum.

1999–2007 Lib–Lab pact & coalition

In the first elections to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999, the Scottish Labour Party, led by Donald Dewar, won 56 seats out of 129, well ahead of their main opponents, the SNP under Alex Salmond, with 35 seats. Not having a majority in Parliament, the party formed a coalition government with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, with Dewar agreeing to their demand for the abolition of up-front tuition fees for university students as the price for a coalition deal. Consequently, on 13 May, Dewar was nominated as First Minister, and was officially appointed by the Queen on 17 May at a ceremony in Holyrood Palace. He later travelled to the Court of Session to be sworn in by the Lord President and receive the Great Seal of Scotland.

In April 2000, Dewar was admitted to hospital for tests on his heart, following a previous test where a minor irregularity was discovered. In May 2000, he later had surgery to repair a leaking heart valve, and was forced to take a three-month break from Parliament, with Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace taking over as Acting First Minister. On 10 October 2000, Dewar sustained a fall. He seemed fine at first but later that day suffered a massive cerebral haemorrhage which was possibly triggered by the anticoagulant medication he was taking after the heart surgery. Donald Dewar died 11 October in Edinburgh's Western General Hospital.

After Dewar's death, Henry McLeish was elected as Leader of Scottish Labour, defeating rival Jack McConnell, 27 October 2000 but resigned in 2001 amid a scandal involving the renting of his constituency office and allegations of financial wrongdoings. McLeish felt his resignation would allow the Scottish Labour Party a clean break to prepare for the 2003 Parliamentary elections.

After McLeish's resignation, Jack McConnell quickly emerged as the only candidate, and was elected First Minister by the Parliament on 22 November 2001.

2007 Scottish Parliament elections and aftermath

In the run-up to the 2007 Scottish Parliament general election, McConnell was criticised by many inside and outside of the Labour party for his role in the party's poor start to the campaign with Labour solidly behind the Scottish National Party (SNP) in many opinion polls. On 10 April, McConnell unveiled Scottish Labour's election manifesto, which included plans to scrap (?) bills for pensioners and reform Council Tax. The manifesto also proposed a large increase in public spending on education, which would allow the increasing of the school leaving age to 18 and a reduction in average class sizes to 19.

McConnell's ruling Labour Party was defeated by the SNP, both in terms of the popular vote and in numbers of seats. The SNP won 47 seats in the new parliament, whilst the Labour Party won 46, thus securing them a one-seat majority over Labour, but still well short of a majority of the parliament. On 15 August 2007, McConnell announced his intention to resign as Scottish Labour leader.

On 17 August 2007, Wendy Alexander formally launched her campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party in Holyrood. As the only candidate, Alexander was installed as leader of the Labour group in the Scottish Parliament on 14 September 2007. In 2007, a funding scandal developed after it emerged that she had accepted an illegal donation from Paul Green, a property magnate, a matter that was investigated by the Electoral Commission. Further newspaper reports on 30 November indicated Alexander was aware of the identity of the donor, after having sent a personal letter of gratitude to Mr Green (at his home in the tax haven of Jersey) concerning the donation. Accepting a donation from someone who is not registered on the UK electoral roll is illegal under electoral law, and is subject to criminal prosecution. However, the Electoral Commission concluded in February 2008 that Alexander had taken 'significant steps' to comply with funding regulations and decided not to refer the matter to the Procurator Fiscal. In a separate development, a few days earlier in February 2008, the standards watchdog for Scotland reported Wendy Alexander to the Procurator Fiscal for failing to publicly declare campaign donations.

During a TV interview on 4 May 2008, Wendy Alexander performed a major U-turn on previous Scottish Labour Party's policy by seeming to endorse a referendum on Scottish independence, despite previously refusing to support any referendum on the grounds that she did not support independence. During a further TV interview on 6 May 2008 she reiterated this commitment to a referendum and claimed that she had the full backing of current British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The following day, Gordon Brown denied this was Labour policy and that Wendy Alexander had been misrepresented during Prime Minister's Questions in Westminster. Despite this lack of backing, Wendy Alexander once again reiterated her commitment to a referendum during First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament.

On 28 June 2008, Wendy Alexander announced her resignation as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, due to pressure on her following the donation scandal. Cathy Jamieson became interim leader of the Scottish Labour Party until a leadership election could be held.

2008 Glasgow East by-election

In late June 2008, David Marshall, MP for the Glasgow East (Glasgow Shettleston) constituency since 1979, resigned on health grounds. The resignation was sudden, however the seat was the 3rd safest Labour seat in the country and at the Westminster general election in 2005, Labour had a 13,057 majority over second placed SNP. In the resultant by-election on 24 July 2008, SNP candidate, serving Glasgow City Council member John Mason managed a spectacular 22.5% swing in the nationalists' favour to win the seat.

Iain Gray becomes Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament

On 1 August 2008, the contest for the new Leader of the Scottish Labour Party began. The contenders were Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian, a former Enterprise Minister in the previous Labour Executive, Andy Kerr, MSP for East Kilbride and former Health Secretary in the previous administration, and Cathy Jamieson MSP, who had been deputy leader under Jack McConnell and caretaker leader since Wendy Alexander resigned following the illegal donation scandal.

On 13 September 2008, Iain Gray was elected leader and promised a "fresh start" for Labour in Scotland.

2008 Glenrothes by-election

On 13 August 2008, Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Glenrothes in Fife, John MacDougall died, triggering a by-election in a constituency that neighboured both the constituency of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, and the constituency of Dunfermline and West Fife that had been won by the Liberal Democrats in a by-election in 2006. In the event, Labour held the parliamentary seat, increasing their vote by 3.2%. Lindsay Roy became Labour MP for the constituency, on 7 November 2008, defeating the SNP's candidate, Peter Grant, current council leader in Fife, in what was viewed by many as a surprise. Grant had been widely fancied to take the seat and after their stunning success in Glasgow East the SNP were disappointed. The voting was: Lindsay Roy, Labour, 19,946; Peter Grant, SNP 13,209. The Conservative Party which came 3rd with 1,381 votes, the Liberal Democrats with 947 votes and four other candidates lost their deposits.[13]

2010 UK general election

On 6 May 2010, contrary to polls preceding the election, Labour consolidated their vote in Scotland, losing no seats (despite losing 91 seats across the rest of Britain) and recovering Glasgow East from the SNP. This resulted in incumbent Scottish secretary Jim Murphy stating that the result provided an impetus for Scottish Labour to attempt to become "the biggest party in Holyrood" in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.[14]

After the Glenrothes election, controversy and speculation mounted after it was revealed the voting register had gone missing and an unusual number of postal votes.[15]

2011 Scottish Parliament election

The Scottish Labour Party lost seven seats compared to the notional 2007 result although its share of the constituency vote declined by less than 1%. Party leader Iain Gray, who held on to his own seat by only 150 votes, announced that he would be resigning with effect from later in the year.

2011 Inverclyde by-election

The seat of Inverclyde was held by David Cairns until his death on 9 May 2011. The resulting by-election held on 30 June, was won comfortably with a 5,838 majority by Scottish Labour candidate Iain McKenzie despite several high profile campaign visits by SNP First Minister, Alex Salmond and the SNP coming within 511 votes of winning the nearest equivalent seat in the Holyrood elections a matter of weeks previously. Coupled with the 2010 UK General Election results, this suggests that Scottish Labour's disappointing performance in the 2011 Scottish Parliament Election does not necessarily translate into support for its political opponents in other elections.

Murphy/Boyack Review

Following the 2011 Scottish election, Ed Miliband commissioned a review of the future structure and operation of the Labour Party in Scotland, co-chaired by Jim Murphy MP and Sarah Boyack MSP.

2011 Scottish Labour leadership election

On 17 December 2011, Johann Lamont MSP was elected as leader and Anas Sarwar MP elected as her deputy.

2014 independence referendum

The announcement of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence in the aftermath of the Scottish National Party's victory at the Scottish Parliament elections in 2011 led to the Scottish Labour Party joining with the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in the pro-union Better Together campaign against Scottish independence.

In July 2012, a member of Scottish Labour started Labour for Independence, a rebel group of Labour supporters who back Yes Scotland in the campaign for Scottish independence.[16] The group has since evolved into a fully-fledged political organisation, but has been dismissed by the Scottish Labour leadership as lacking "real support" from within the party.[17]

In December 2012, Scottish Labour announced that they would be running their own campaign alongside Better Together to "continue articulating [their] vision for a better Scotland in education and in health".[18] This would be comparable to the "Conservative Friends of the Union" campaign started by the Conservative Party, and would likely not be recognised as an official campaign organisation by the Electoral Commission. This was eventually revealed to be the "2014 Truth Team", described by the party as "dedicated to cutting through the noise and delivering [...] facts on independence".[19]

In May 2013, Scottish Labour continued its own pro-UK campaign with the launch of United with Labour with the support of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[20]

Falkirk Labour Party investigation

In 2013, Labour and Police Scotland launched separate investigations into claims that officials within the Unite union had signed up members to Labour to get their preferred candidate adopted to represent the party in the Falkirk constituency; they were later cleared of any wrongdoing.[21] Subsequent claims were made that key evidence thought to have been retracted, had not been withdrawn, prompting several Falkirk councillors to urge the UK Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband to publish details of the party's internal inquiry or hold a fresh investigation.[21] Speaking on 4 November edition of Good Morning Scotland, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said there was a case for a fresh inquiry, but that Labour does not publish details of its internal investigations.[21][22] Later the same day, Labour said that it would not be reopening the investigation.[23] Miliband subsequently said that a new investigation was unnecessary.[24]

2014 Scottish Labour leadership election

On 25 October 2014, Johann Lamont MSP resigned as leader; Anas Sarwar MP became acting leader and resigned as deputy leader. Sarah Boyack confirmed that she would be standing as a candidate for party leader. She was joined by Neil Findlay and Jim Murphy, who declared the following day. Katy Clark and Kezia Dugdale are standing for the vacant deputy leader post.[25]

Scottish Labour elected representatives (current)

House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom

Scottish Labour party MPs in the Official Opposition frontbench:
Shadow Cabinet
  • Douglas Alexander, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Head of Labours 2015 General Election Strategy
  • Margaret Curran, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Other official shadow ministers

Members of Parliament

Member of Parliament Constituency First elected Notes
Douglas Alexander Paisley and Renfrewshire South 1997 Member for Paisley South 1997–2005, Paisley and Renfrewshire South 2005–.
Willie Bain Glasgow North East 2009
Gordon Banks Ochil and South Perthshire 2005
Anne Begg Aberdeen South 1997
Gordon Brown Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath 1983 Member for Dunfermline East 1983–2005, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath 2005–.
Russell Brown Dumfries and Galloway 1997 Member for Dumfries 1997–2005, Dumfries and Galloway 2005–.
Katy Clark Ayrshire North and Arran 2005
Tom Clarke Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill 1982 Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie 1982–83, Monklands West 1983–97, Coatbridge and Chryston 1997–2005, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill 2005–.
Michael Connarty Linlithgow and East Falkirk 1992 Member for Falkirk East 1992–2005, Linlithgow and East Falkirk 2005–
Margaret Curran Glasgow East 2010 MSP for Glasgow Baillieston 1999–2011.
Alistair Darling Edinburgh South West 1987 Member for Edinburgh Central 1987–2005, Edinburgh South West 2005–.
Ian Davidson Glasgow South West 1992 Member for Glasgow Govan 1992–1997, Glasgow Pollok 1997–2005, Glasgow South West 2005–.
Thomas Docherty Dunfermline and West Fife 2010
Brian Donohoe Central Ayrshire 1992 Member for Cunninghame South 1992–2005, Central Ayrshire 2005–
Frank Doran Aberdeen North 1987 Member for Aberdeen South 1987–1992, Aberdeen Central 1997–2005, Aberdeen North 2005–.
Gemma Doyle West Dunbartonshire 2010
Sheila Gilmore Edinburgh East 2010
Tom Greatrex Rutherglen and Hamilton West 2010
David Hamilton Midlothian 2001
Tom Harris Glasgow South 2001 Member for Glasgow Cathcart 2001–05, Glasgow South 2005–.
Jimmy Hood Lanark and Hamilton East 1987 Member for Clydesdale 1987–2005, Lanark and Hamilton East 2005–.
Cathy Jamieson Kilmarnock and Loudoun 2010 MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 1999–2011.
Mark Lazarowicz Edinburgh North and Leith 2001
Michael McCann East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow 2010
Gregg McClymont Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East 2010
Jim McGovern Dundee West 2005
Anne McGuire Stirling 1997
Ann McKechin Glasgow North 2001 Member for Glasgow Maryhill 2001–05, Glasgow North 2005–.
Iain McKenzie Inverclyde 2011
Graeme Morrice Livingston 2010
Jim Murphy East Renfrewshire 1997 Member for Eastwood 1997–2005, East Renfrewshire 2005–.
Ian Murray Edinburgh South 2010
Pamela Nash Airdrie and Shotts 2010
Fiona O'Donnell East Lothian 2010
John Robertson Glasgow North West 2000 Member for Glasgow Anniesland 2000–05, Glasgow North West 2005–
Frank Roy Motherwell and Wishaw 1997
Lindsay Roy Glenrothes 2008
Anas Sarwar Glasgow Central 2010
Jim Sheridan Paisley and Renfrewshire North 2001 Member for West Renfrewshire 2001–05, Paisley and Renfrewshire North 2005–

Scottish Parliament

Shadow Cabinet
  • Jim Murphy – Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
  • Kezia Dugdale - Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
  • Jackie Baillie - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and the Constitution
  • Jenny Marra - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Neil Findlay - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training
  • Mary Fee - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities
  • Hugh Henry - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice
  • Sarah Boyack - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment
  • Iain Gray - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Ken Macintosh - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights
  • Claire Baker - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs
  • Graeme Pearson - Shadow Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism
  • Neil Bibby - Scottish Labour Chief Whip
  • James Kelly - Scottish Labour Parliamentary Business Manager

Also attending

Members of the Scottish Parliament

Member of the Scottish Parliament Constituency or Region First elected Notes
Jackie Baillie Dumbarton 1999
Claire Baker Mid Scotland and Fife 2007
Richard Baker North East Scotland 2003
Jayne Baxter Mid Scotland and Fife 2012 Replaced John Park upon his resignation
Claudia Beamish South of Scotland 2011
Neil Bibby West of Scotland 2011
Sarah Boyack Lothians 1999 Member for Edinburgh Central 1999–2011, Lothians 2011–
Malcolm Chisholm Edinburgh North and Leith 1999 MP for Edinburgh Leith 1992–1997, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith 1997–2001
Kezia Dugdale Lothians 2011
Mary Fee West of Scotland 2011
Patricia Ferguson Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn 1999 Member for Glasgow Maryhill 1999–2011, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn 2011–
Neil Findlay Lothians 2011
Rhoda Grant Highlands and Islands 1999 Member for Highlands and Islands 1999–2003, 2007–
Iain Gray East Lothian 1999 Member for Edinburgh Pentlands 1999–2003, East Lothian 2007–
Mark Griffin Central Scotland 2011
Hugh Henry Renfrewshire South 2011 Member for Paisley South 1999–11, Renfrewshire South 2011-
Cara Hilton Dunfermline 2013
James Kelly Rutherglen 2007 Member for Glasgow Rutherglen 2007–11, Rutherglen 2011–
Johann Lamont Glasgow Pollok 1999
Lewis Macdonald North East Scotland 1999 Member for Aberdeen Central 1999–2011, North East Scotland 2011–
Ken Macintosh Eastwood 1999
Hanzala Malik Glasgow 2011
Jenny Marra North East Scotland 2011
Paul Martin Glasgow Provan 1999 Member for Glasgow Springburn 1999–2011, Glasgow Provan 2011–
Margaret McCulloch Central Scotland 2011
Margaret McDougall West of Scotland 2011
Michael McMahon Uddingston and Bellshill 1999 Member for Hamilton North and Bellshill 1999–2011, Uddingston and Bellshill 2011–
Siobhan McMahon Central Scotland 2011
Duncan McNeil Greenock and Inverclyde 1999
Anne McTaggart Glasgow 2011
Elaine Murray Dumfriesshire 1999 Member for Dumfries 1999–2011, Dumfriesshire 2011–
Graeme Pearson South of Scotland 2011
John Pentland Motherwell and Wishaw 2011
Alex Rowley Cowdenbeath 2014
Richard Simpson Mid Scotland and Fife 1999 Member for Ochil 1999–2003, Mid Scotland and Fife 2007–
Drew Smith Glasgow 2011
Elaine Smith Coatbridge and Chryston 1999
David Stewart Highlands and Islands 2007 MP for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber 1997–2005

Electoral performance

European Parliament Elections

Year Share of votes Seats
1979 33.0%
2 / 8
1984 40.7%
5 / 8
1989 41.9%
7 / 8
1994 42.5%
6 / 8
1999 28.7%
3 / 8
2004 26.4%
2 / 7
2009 20.8%
2 / 6
2014 25.9%
2 / 6

UK General Elections

Red indicates the seat won by Labour at the 2010 General Election.
Year Share of votes Seats
1910 (January) 5.1%
2 / 70
1910 (December) 3.6%
3 / 70
1918 22.9%
6 / 71
1922 32.2%
29 / 71
1923 35.9%
34 / 71
1924 41.1%
26 / 71
1929 42.3%
36 / 71
1931 32.6%
7 / 71
1935 36.8%
20 / 71
1945 47.9%
37 / 71
1950 46.2%
37 / 71
1951 47.9%
35 / 71
1955 46.7%
34 / 71
1959 46.7%
38 / 71
1964 48.7%
43 / 71
1966 49.9%
46 / 71
1970 44.5%
44 / 71
1974 (Feb) 36.6%
40 / 71
1974 (Oct) 36.3%
41 / 71
1979 41.6%
44 / 71
1983 35.1%
41 / 72
1987 42.4%
50 / 72
1992 39.0%
49 / 72
1997 45.6%
56 / 72
2001 43.3%
56 / 72
2005 39.5%
41 / 59
2010 42.0%
41 / 59

Scottish Parliament Elections

Red indicates constituency seats won by Labour in the 2011 Scottish Parliament Election.
Year Share of votes (constituency) Share of votes (list) Seats
1999 38.8% 33.6%
56 / 129
2003 34.6% 29.3%
50 / 129
2007 32.2% 29.2%
46 / 129
2011 31.7% 26.3%
37 / 129

Further reading


  1. ^ a b Wolfram Nordsieck. "Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe". 
  2. ^ Scots Glossary – All words. Retrieved on 29 October 2013.
  3. ^ The 2005 General Election in Scotland, by David Denver, Scottish Affairs, No. 53, Autumn 2005; accessed 7 January 2009
  4. ^ "Scottish Labour recruits Ian Price as general secretary", BBC News website, 2 February 2013
  5. ^ "Panic within Labour as membership falls", The Scotsman, 5 March 2006
  6. ^ "Labour foot soldiers fall away", BBC NEWS, 29 March 2008
  7. ^ Macdonell, Hamish (29 September 2010). "The Scottish Labour Party and its mysterious expanding membership". Caledonian Mercury. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Johann Lamont named new Scottish Labour leader", 17 December 2011
  9. ^ "Revealed: just how many members does Labour really have in Scotland?". Sunday Herald (9 November 2014). Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  10. ^ [1]
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  13. ^ Glenrothes result in full BBC News 7 November 2008
  14. ^ "Election 2010: Jim Murphy's joy as Scotland says no to David Cameron". The Daily Record. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Glenrothes : Ghosts Vote By Post – Guy Fawkes' blog". 3 February 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Yes Scotland wins support from Labour rebel group". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Scottish independence: Labour dismisses rebellion". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Referendum campaign next year". Herald Scotland. 
  19. ^ "Anas Sarwar MP launches the 2014 Truth Team". 22 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Scottish independence: Former PM Gordon Brown wants a 'union for social justice'". 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c "Alistair Darling calls for new Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry". BBC News (BBC). 4 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Mason, Rowena (4 November 2013). "Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry may be reopened, says Scottish Labour leader". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Labour: 'No plans' to reopen Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry". BBC News (BBC). 4 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  24. ^ Barnes, Eddie (6 November 2013). "Ed Miliband: No need for new Falkirk inquiry". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Blow for Murphy as his own union backs Findlay as leader". Herald Scotland. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

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