2003 Scottish Parliament Election
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2003 Scottish Parliament Election

2003 Scottish Parliament election

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All 129 seats to the Scottish Parliament
65 seats were needed for a majority
TurnoutFPTP - 49.7% Decrease 8.7%
List - 49.7% Decrease 8.6%
  First party Second party Third party
  JackMcConnellPortrait.jpg JohnSwinneyMSP20110510.JPG DavidMcLetchieMSP20110509.JPG
Leader Jack McConnell John Swinney David McLetchie
Party Labour SNP Conservative
Leader's seat Motherwell & Wishaw North Tayside Edinburgh Pentlands
Last election 56 seats 35 seats 18 seats
Seats won 50 27 18
Seat change Decrease6 Decrease8 Steady
Constituency vote 663,585 455,722 318,279
% and swing 34.6% Decrease4.2% 23.8% Decrease4.9% 16.6% Increase1.2%
Regional vote 561,375 399,659 296,929
% and swing 29.3% Decrease4.3% 20.9% Decrease6.4% 15.6% Increase0.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Jim Wallace.jpg RobinHarper.jpg TommySheridan2007 (cropped).jpg
Leader Jim Wallace Robin Harper Tommy Sheridan
Party Liberal Democrats Scottish Green Scottish Socialist
Leader's seat Orkney Lothians Glasgow
Last election 17 seats 1 seat 1 seat
Seats won 17 7 6
Seat change Steady Increase6 Increase5
Constituency vote 294,347 Did not stand 118,764
% and swing 15.4% Increase1.2% Did not stand 6.2% Increase5.2%
Regional vote 225,774 132,138 128,026
% and swing 11.8% Decrease0.6% 6.9% Increase3.3% 6.7% Increase4.7%

Scotland general election 2003 - Results by Constituency.svg
The left side shows constituency winners of the election by their party colours. The right side shows regional winners of the election for the additional members by their party colours. Constituency names are listed at the bottom.

The 2003 Scottish Parliament election, was the second election of members to 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. As of 2019, it remains the last general election victory for the Scottish Labour Party.

The results also showed rises in support for smaller 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.

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Retiring MSPs

At the dissolution of Parliament on 31 March 2003, ten MSPs were not seeking re-election.[1]

Campaign

The parliament was dissolved on 31 March 2003 and the campaign began thereafter.

Party leaders in 2003

Defeated MSPs

Labour

SNP

The New Party

Results

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Scottish Parliament election, 2003[2]
Scottish Parliament elected members, 2003.svg
Party Constituencies Regional additional members Total seats
Votes % ± Seats ± Votes % ± Seats ± Total ± %
Labour 663,585 34.6 Decrease 4.2 46 Decrease 7 561,375 29.3 Decrease 4.3 4 Increase 1 50 Decrease 6 38.8
SNP 455,722 23.8 Decrease 4.9 9 Increase 2 399,659 20.9 Decrease 6.4 18 Decrease 10 27 Decrease 8 20.9
Conservative 318,279 16.6 Increase 1.2 3 Increase 3 296,929 15.5 Increase 0.1 15 Decrease 3 18 Steady 14.0
Liberal Democrats 294,347 15.4 Increase 1.2 13 Increase 1 225,774 11.8 Decrease 0.6 4 Decrease 1 17 Steady 13.2
Scottish Green - - - - - 132,138 6.9 Increase 3.3 7 Increase 6 7 Increase 6 5.4
Scottish Socialist 118,764 6.2 Increase 5.2 0 Steady 128,026 6.7 Increase 4.7 6 Increase 5 6 Increase 5 4.7
Scottish Senior Citizens 1,597 0.1 new 0 new 28,966 1.5 new 1 new 1 new 0.8
Margo MacDonald - - - - - 27,143 1.4 new 1 new 1 new 0.8
MSP for Falkirk West 14,703 0.8 Steady 1 Steady - - - - - 1 Steady 0.8
Save Stobhill Hospital 10,988 0.6 new 1 new - - - - - 1 new 0.8
Pensioners Party - - - - - 28,655 1.5 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
Socialist Labour - - - - - 21,657 1.1 Decrease 1.3 0 Steady 0 Steady 0.0
New Party 5,598 0.3 new 0 new 7,718 0.4 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
UKIP - - - - - 11,969 0.6 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
Scottish Unionist - - - - - 6,113 0.3 Steady 0 Steady 0 Steady 0.0
Local Health Concern 5,582 0.3 new 0 new - - - - - 0 new 0.0
Fishing Party - - - - - 5,566 0.3 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
BNP - - - - - 2,344 0.1 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
Protect Rural Scotland - - - - - 1,438 0.1 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
Independent Green Voice 1,300 0.1 new 0 new - - - - - 0 new 0.0
Christian Independent Alliance - - - - - 1,064 0.1 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
Adam Lyal's Witchery Tour - - - - - 964 0.1 new 0 new 0 new 0.0
Parents Excluded 141 0.0 new 0 new - - - - - 0 new 0.0
Others 25,968 1.4 Increase 0.8 0 Steady 28,323 1.5 Increase 0.8 0 Steady 0 Steady 0.0
Valid votes 1,916,574 99.4 Decrease0.3   1,915,851 99.4 Decrease0.3  
Spoilt votes 12,303 0.6 Increase0.3   11,938 0.6 Increase0.3  
Total 1,928,877 100   73 - 1,927,789 100   56 - 129 - 100
Electorate/Turnout 3,877,460 49.7 Decrease8.7   3,877,460 49.7 Decrease8.6  

Notes:

  • 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.
Popular Vote (Constituency)
Labour
34.62%
SNP
23.78%
Conservative
16.61%
Liberal Democrats
15.36%
Scottish Socialist
6.20%
Other
3.43%
Popular Vote (Regional)
Labour
29.44%
SNP
20.94%
Conservative
15.56%
Liberal Democrats
11.83%
Green
6.92%
Scottish Socialist
6.71%
Independents
1.67%
SSCUP
1.52%
Pensioners
1.50%
Socialist Labour
1.13%
Other
2.74%
Parliament seats
Labour
38.76%
SNP
20.93%
Conservative
13.95%
Liberal Democrats
13.18%
Green
5.43%
Scottish Socialist
4.65%
Independents
2.33%
SSCUP
0.78%

Constituency and regional summary

Central Scotland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Party political and administration costs

The Lib Dems declared a total of £130,358 was spent on the campaign, SSP spent £74,361 the Greens spent £65,852 and the Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party spent 3,558. The Scottish People's Alliance spent £188,889 and UKIP spent £39,504.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Farewell to the parliament". BBC News. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Analysis of Results". www.parliament.scot. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Figures reveal election spending". BBC News. 27 August 2003. Retrieved 2018.

Party Manifestos

External links


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