Scottish Liberal Democrats leadership election, 2011

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Scottish Liberal Democrats leadership election
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  Willie Rennie
Candidate Willie Rennie
Party Liberal Democrats
Popular vote unopposed

Leader before election

Tavish Scott

Elected Leader

Willie Rennie

The 2011 Scottish Liberal Democrats leadership election was triggered by the resignation of party leader Tavish Scott on 7 May 2011, due to the very poor showing of the party at the 2011 Scottish parliament election, in which the Liberal Democrats only returned 5 MSPs and lost 12.[1]

Nominations for party leader closed on 17 May 2011, and with Willie Rennie the only declared candidate, he was elected to the position unnopposed.[2]

Declared Candidates[edit]

Suggested Candidates[edit]

There are only four other Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs currently sitting in the Scottish Parliament: Jim Hume, Liam McArthur and Alison McInnes and Tavish Scott, the former party leader. Although Liam McArthur was mentioned as a possible contender, most media believed that it was unlikely that another candidate would stand due to the small size of the party making a leadership contest and ballot undesirable, as turned out to be the case.[4]


  1. ^ Black, Andrew (7 May 2011). "BBC News - Scots Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott quits post". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  2. ^ Black, Andrew (17 May 2011). "BBC News - Willie Rennie named new Scottish Lib Dem leader". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Lib Dems: Rennie announces he will stand for leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats". 13 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Tavish Scott resigns as Scottish Liberal Democrat leader | Caledonian Mercury - Politics". 7 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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