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First party Second party Third party Leader Alex Salmond Iain Gray Annabel Goldie Party SNP Labour Conservative Leader's seat Aberdeenshire East East Lothian West of Scotland Last election 47 seats, 31.0% 46 seats, 29.2% 17 seats, 16.6% Seats before 46 44 20 Seats won 69 37 15 Seat change 23* 7* 5* Constituency Votes 902,915 630,461 276,652 Constituency % 45.4% 31.7% 13.9% List Votes 876,421 523,559 245,967 List % 44% 26.3% 12.4% Fourth party Fifth party Leader Tavish Scott Patrick Harvie (pictured) /
Party Liberal Democrats Scottish Green Leader's seat Shetland Glasgow Last election 16 seats, 11.3% 2 seats, 4.0% Seats before 17 1 Seats won 5 2 Seat change 12* 1* Constituency Votes 157,714 Did not contest Constituency % 7.9% Did not contest List Votes 103,472 87,060 List % 5.2% 4.4%
Map constituency winners of the election by their party colours.
* Indicates boundary change - so this is a nominal figure
First Minister before election
Elected First Minister
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The election delivered the first majority government since the opening of Holyrood, a remarkable feat as the mixed member proportional representation system is used to elect MSPs and was originally implemented to prevent single party governments as well as produce proportional results in Scotland. The Scottish National Party won 69 seats, the most the party has ever held at either a Holyrood or Westminister election, allowing leader Alex Salmond to remain First Minister of Scotland. The SNP gained 32 constituencies, twenty two from the Scottish Labour Party, nine from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and one from the Scottish Conservatives. Such was the scale of their gains that, of the 73 constituencies in Scotland, only 20 are now represented by MSPs of other political parties. The Scottish Labour Party lost seven seats and suffered their worst election defeat in Scotland since 1931, with huge losses in their traditional Central Belt constituencies and for the first time having to rely on the regional lists to elect members within these areas. They did, however, remain the largest opposition party. Party leader Iain Gray announced his resignation following his party's disappointing result. The Scottish Liberal Democrats were soundly defeated; their popular vote share was cut in half and their seat total reduced from 17 to 5. Tavish Scott announced his resignation as party leader shortly after the election. For Scottish Conservatives, the election proved disappointing as their popular vote dropped slightly and their number of seats fell by 5, with party leader Annabel Goldie also announcing her resignation.
During the campaign, the four main party leaders engaged in a series of televised debates, as they had in every previous general election. These key debates were held on 29 March (STV), 1 May (BBC), and 3 May (STV). The results of the election were broadcast live on BBC Scotland and STV, on the night of the election.
It was the fourth general election since the devolved parliament was established in 1999 and was held on the same day as elections to the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly, as well as English local elections and the UK-wide referendum on the alternative vote.
Because of the problems of voter confusion and a high number of spoiled ballots in 2007 due to holding Scottish parliamentary and local elections simultaneously and under different voting systems, the next Scottish local elections are to be held in 2012 instead of 2011. This policy decision was contradicted, however, by the staging of the Alternative Vote referendum on 5 May 2011 as well. Labour MP Ian Davidson expressed opposition to the referendum being staged on the same date as other elections. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore stated that having the referendum on another date would cost an additional £17 million.
British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens living in Scotland who were be aged 18 or over on election day were entitled to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the election was midnight on Friday 15 April 2011, though anyone who qualified as an anonymous elector had until midnight on Tuesday 26 April 2011 to register.
It was held on the same day as elections for Northern Ireland's 26 local councils, the Northern Irish Assembly and Welsh Assembly elections, a number of local elections in England and the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum.
The table below shows the notional figures for seats won by each party at the last election. The Conservatives have been the biggest gainers as a result of the boundary changes, winning an extra 3 seats and Labour has lost the most seats, losing 2 overall.
Party Constituency Seats Regional Seats Total Seats Seat Change SNP 21 25 46 –1 Labour 35 9 44 –2 Conservative 6 14 20 +3 Liberal Democrat 11 6 17 +1 Scottish Green 0 1 1 –1
Election system, seats, and regions
The total number of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) elected to the Parliament is 129.
The First Periodical Review of the Scottish Parliament's constituencies and regions by the Boundary Commission for Scotland was announced on 3 July 2007. The Commission published its provisional proposals for the regional boundaries in 2009.
The Scottish Parliament uses an Additional Members System, designed to produce approximate proportional representation for each region. There are 8 regions each sub-divied into smaller constituencies. There are a total of 73 constituencies. Each constituency elects one (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) system of election. Each region elects 7 additional member MSPs using a additional member system. A modified D'Hondt method, using the constituency results, is used to calculate which additional member MSPs the regions elect.
The Scottish Parliament constituencies have not been coterminous with Scottish Westminster constituencies since the 2005 general election, when the 72 former Westminster constituencies were replaced with a new set of 59, generally larger, constituencies (see Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004).
For details of the Revised proposals for constituencies at the Next Scottish Parliament election - Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions from 2011
The Boundary Commission have also recommended changes to the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament. The recommendations can be summarised below;
- Glasgow. Made of the proposed Glasgow seats of Anniesland, Cathcart, Kelvin, Maryhill and Springburn, Pollok, Provan, Shettleston, and Southside, and Rutherglen.
- Highlands and Islands. Consisting of the newly formed constituencies of Argyll and Bute, Caithness Sutherland and Ross, Inverness and Nairn, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, and Skye Lochaber and Badenoch.
- West Scotland. Made from the newly drawn seats of Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Cunninghame South, Dumbarton, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West, Renfrewshire South, and Strathkelvin and Bearsden.
- Central Scotland. Formed by the combination of the recommended Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw, and Uddingston and Bellshill.
- Lothian. Made from the redrawn constituencies of Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow, and Midlothian North and Musselburgh.
- Mid Scotland and Fife. Made from the combination of Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, North East Fife, Perthshire North, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, and Stirling.
- North East Scotland. Consisting of the redrawn seats Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East, and Dundee City West
- South Scotland. Created by the combination of Ayr, Carrick Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Ettrick Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, and Midlothian South, Tweedale and Lauderdale.
The parliament was dissolved on 22 March 2011 and the campaign began thereafter. The Conservatives saw 3 of their candidates drop out of the election during the period 25–28 March: Malcolm McAskill from the Glasgow regional ballot, Iain Whyte from the Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn constituency ballot and David Meikle from the Glasgow regional ballot.
The Liberal Democrat regional candidate for the Central Scotland region Hugh O'Donnell also withdrew on 27 March, citing discontent with the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition at Westminster. Another Liberal Democrat, John Farquhar Munro, came out in support of Alex Salmond for First Minister, even though he also claimed not to support the SNP. In the Clydesdale constituency, the Liberal Democrat candidate John Paton-Day failed to lodge his papers in time for the nomination deadline, leaving the constituency as the only one in Scotland with no Liberal Democrat candidate. On 17 April, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott described himself as 'uncomfortable' with his Scottish party being 'related' to the Conservatives due to the coalition at Westminster.
A televised debate between the four main party leaders was shown on STV on 29 March, with SNP leader Alex Salmond and Conservative leader Annabel Goldie identified as the strongest performers. The Scottish Sun newspaper came out in support of the SNP's campaign to win a second term, even though the newspaper does not back independence.
Whilst campaigning in Glasgow Central station, the Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray was ambushed by a group of anti-cuts protestors who chased him into a nearby fast-food outlet. The same protestors had already targeted Conservative leader Annabel Goldie a month earlier. On 27 April, Iain Gray and SNP leader Alex Salmond were both present simultaneously in an Ardrossan branch of the Asda supermarket chain; both parties alleged that the other party's leader had 'ran away' from the possibility of an encounter with the other.
The main parties contesting the election have all outlined the following main aims:
- Maintain the council tax freeze throughout the next parliament.
- Attempt to generate 100% of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
- Legislate to give Scotland a referendum on independence.
- Continue offering free university tuition to Scottish students.
- Maintain high police numbers.
- Introduce Scottish Living Wage of £7.15 an hour, starting in the public sector.
- Abolish youth unemployment and aim to create 250,000 jobs by 2020.
- Compulsory six-month jail sentences for people convicted of knife-carrying.
- Initiate two-year council tax freeze.
- Re-instate the proposed rail link between Glasgow Central station and Glasgow International Airport, which was cancelled in 2009.
- Continue free University tuition fees for all Scottish students.
- A council tax freeze during the period 2012-2013.
- Re-introduce prescription charges at 2009 standards (£5 for a single item).
- Consider building new nuclear power stations, but not on new sites.
- Bring in Variable University Graduate Fee, with no more than £4,000 being paid annually per student.
- Replace community service with short prison sentences.
- Maintain free university tuition for Scottish students.
- Aim to create 100,000 new jobs through selling off Scottish Water which would free £1.5 billion for investment purposes.
- Oppose moves to create a centralised Scottish police force.
- Maintain the Scottish bus pass, but progressively bring the qualifying age up to 65.
- Reform the council tax.
- Bring in large-scale ecosystem restoration projects.
- Replace council tax with land value tax.
- Maintain free university tuition for Scottish students.
- Focus on bringing restorative justice within Scotland's justice system.
- Abolish the second Forth crossing.
Parties contesting the election
Contesting constituency and regional ballot
- Scottish National Party (SNP)
- Scottish Labour Party
- Scottish Conservative Party
- Scottish Liberal Democrats - Contesting all constituencies except Clydesdale 
- All Scotland Pensioner's Party/Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party - Contesting Mid Fife & Glenrothes and Motherwell & Wishaw
- Scottish Christian Party - Contesting Inverness & Nairn and Motherwell & Wishaw
- Liberal Party - Contesting Argyll & Bute
- National Front - Contesting Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, Aberdeen South & North Kincardine, Almond Valley, Linlithgow and only the North East Scotland region
- UK Independence Party (UKIP) - Contesting Inverness & Nairn, Moray and North East Fife
Contesting regional ballot only
- Scottish Green Party
- Solidarity - all regions except Glasgow
- Respect Party 'Coalition Against Cuts'- Glasgow only 
- Scottish Socialist Party
- British National Party (BNP)
- Socialist Labour Party
- Scottish Homeland Party - contesting Glasgow and Central regions
- Pirate Party
- Scottish Unionist Party
- Christian Peoples Alliance
- Ban Bankers Bonuses - contesting the Highlands and Islands and West of Scotland regional lists.
Contesting constituency ballot only
In March 2011, two months before the election, Labour held a double-digit lead over the SNP in the opinion polls, 44% to 29%. The SNP's support subsequently rallied, with the two parties level in April polling. In the final poll on the eve of the election, the SNP were eleven points clear of Labour.
The election produced a majority SNP government, making this the first time in the Scottish Parliament where a party has commanded a parliamentary majority. The Nationalists took 16 seats from Labour, many of whose key figures failed to be returned to parliament, although Labour leader Iain Gray retained East Lothian by 151 votes. The SNP took a further eight seats from the Liberal Democrats and one seat from the Conservatives. The SNP overall majority means that there is sufficient support in the Scottish Parliament to hold a referendum on Scottish independence.
Labour's defeat has been attributed to several factors: the party focused too heavily on criticising the Conservative-led coalition at Westminster, and assumed that former Lib Dem voters would automatically switch their vote to Labour, when in fact they appear to have haemorrhaged support to the SNP. Jackie Baillie compared the result to Labour's performance in the 1983 UK general election. Iain Gray announced his intention to resign as leader of the Labour group of MSPs in the autumn.
The election saw a rout of the Liberal Democrats, with no victories in mainland constituencies and 25 lost deposits (candidates gaining less than five per cent of the vote). Leader Tavish Scott said their performance was due to the Liberal Democrat presence in the Westminster Government, which was an unpopular move in Scotland. Scott resigned as leader two days after the election.
For the Conservatives, the main disappointment was the loss of Edinburgh Pentlands, the seat of former party leader David McLetchie, to the SNP. McLetchie was elected on the Lothian regional list and the Conservatives only made a net loss of five seats, with leader Annabel Goldie claiming that their support had held firm. Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the SNP on the result, but vowed to campaign for the Union in any independence referendum.
George Galloway, under an anti-cuts banner, failed to receive enough votes to be elected to the Glasgow regional list. The Scottish Greens won two seats, including their leader Patrick Harvie. Margo MacDonald again won election as an independent on the Lothian regional list.
Scottish general election, 2011 Parties Additional member system Total seats Constituency Region Votes % +/− Seats +/− Votes % +/− Seats +/− Total +/− % SNP 902,915 45.39 +12.46 53 +32 876,421 44.04 +13.03 16 −9 69 +23 53.49 Labour 630,461 31.69 −0.45 15 −20 523,559 26.31 −2.85 22 +13 37 −7 28.68 Conservative 276,652 13.91 −2.69 3 −3 245,967 12.36 −1.55 12 −2 15 −5 11.63 Liberal Democrats 157,714 7.93 −8.25 2 −9 103,472 5.20 −6.10 3 −3 5 −12 3.88 Scottish Green — — — — — 87,060 4.38 +0.33 2 +1 2 +1 1.55 Independent 12,357 0.62 −0.62 0 ±0 22,306 1.12 +0.08 1 ±0 1 ±0 0.78 Scottish Senior Citizens 1,618 0.08 ±0.00 0 ±0 33,253 1.67 −0.23 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 UKIP 2,508 0.13 +0.13 0 ±0 18,138 0.91 +0.51 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Socialist Labour — — — — — 16,847 0.85 +0.15 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Scottish Christian 1,193 0.06 −0.17 0 ±0 16,466 0.83 −0.47 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 BNP — — — — — 15,580 0.78 −0.42 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Scottish Socialist — — — — — 8,272 0.42 −0.21 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Respect — — — — — 6,972 0.35 +0.35 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Scottish Unionist — — — — — 3,002 0.15 −0.06 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Ban Bankers Bonuses — — — — — 2,968 0.15 +0.15 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Solidarity — — — — — 2,837 0.14 −1.38 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Liberal 436 0.02 +0.02 0 ±0 2,393 0.12 +0.12 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Pirate — — — — — 1,431 0.07 +0.07 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Christian Peoples — — — — — 1,191 0.06 −0.66 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 National Front 1,515 0.08 +0.08 0 ±0 640 0.03 +0.03 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Scotland Homeland Party — — — — — 620 0.03 +0.03 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Angus Independents Representatives 1,321 0.07 +0.07 0 ±0 471 0.02 +0.02 0 ±0 0 ±0 0.00 Land Party 276 0.01 +0.01 0 ±0 — — — — — 0 ±0 0.00 Communist 256 1.1 +0.01 0 ±0 — — — — — 0 ±0 0.00 Total 1,989,222 100.00 — 73 ±0 1,991,051 100.00 — 56 ±0 129 ±0 100.00
Constituency and regional summary
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Central Scotland Constituency Elected member Result Airdrie and Shotts Alex Neil SNP gain from Labour Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour hold Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn SNP gain from Labour East Kilbride Linda Fabiani SNP gain from Labour Falkirk East Angus MacDonald SNP gain from Labour Falkirk West Michael Matheson SNP hold Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie SNP gain from Labour Motherwell and Wishaw John Pentland Labour hold Uddingston and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour hold Scottish parliamentary election, 2011: Central Scotland Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP Richard Lyle
3 -2 108,261 46.4% +15.5% Labour Siobhan McMahon
3 +3 82,459 35.3% −4.6% Conservative Margaret Mitchell 1 ±0 14,870 6.4% −1.9% Liberal Democrats 0 -1 3,318 1.4% −3.8%
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Glasgow Constituency Elected member Result Glasgow Anniesland Bill Kidd SNP gain from Labour Glasgow Cathcart James Dornan SNP gain from Labour Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White SNP gain from Labour Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Patricia Ferguson Labour hold Glasgow Pollok Johann Lamont Labour hold Glasgow Provan Paul Martin Labour hold Glasgow Shettleston John Mason SNP gain from Labour Glasgow Southside Nicola Sturgeon SNP gain from Labour Rutherglen James Kelly Labour hold Scottish parliamentary election, 2011: Glasgow Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP Humza Yousaf
2 -3 83,109 39.8% +12.8% Labour Hanzala Malik
3 +3 73,031 35.0% −3.3% Conservative Ruth Davidson 1 ±0 12,749 6.1% −0.6% Scottish Green Patrick Harvie 1 +1 12,454 6.0% +0.6% Liberal Democrats 0 -1 5,312 2.5% −4.6%
Highlands and Islands
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Highlands and Islands Constituency Elected member Result Argyll & Bute Michael Russell SNP hold Caithness, Sutherland & Ross Rob Gibson SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Inverness & Nairn Fergus Ewing SNP hold Moray Richard Lochhead SNP hold Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan SNP hold Orkney Liam McArthur Liberal Democrats hold Shetland Tavish Scott Liberal Democrats hold Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch Dave Thompson SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Scottish parliamentary election, 2011: Highlands and Islands Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP John Finnie
3 +1 85,028 47.5% +13.1% Labour Rhoda Grant
2 -1 25,884 14.5% −3.2% Conservative Jamie McGrigor
2 ±0 20,843 11.6% −0.8%
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Lothian Constituency Elected member Result Almond Valley Angela Constance SNP hold Edinburgh Central Marco Biagi SNP gain from Labour Edinburgh Eastern Kenny MacAskill SNP hold Edinburgh Northern and Leith Malcolm Chisholm Labour hold Edinburgh Pentlands Gordon MacDonald SNP gain from Conservative Edinburgh Southern Jim Eadie SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Edinburgh Western Colin Keir SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Linlithgow Fiona Hyslop SNP gain from Labour Midlothian North & Musselburgh Colin Beattie SNP gain from Labour Scottish parliamentary election, 2011: Lothian Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP 0 -3 110,953 39.2% +12.9% Labour Sarah Boyack
3 +2 70,544 24.9% −1.3% Conservative David McLetchie
2 +1 33,019 11.7% −1.5% Scottish Green Alison Johnstone 1 ±0 21,505 7.6% +0.5% Independent Margo MacDonald 1 ±0 18,732 6.6% +0.0%
Mid Scotland and Fife
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Mid Scotland and Fife Constituency Elected member Result Clackmannanshire & Dunblane Keith Brown SNP hold Cowdenbeath Helen Eadie Labour hold Dunfermline Bill Walker SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Fife North East Roderick Campbell SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Kirkcaldy David Torrance SNP gain from Labour Mid Fife & Glenrothes Tricia Marwick SNP hold Perthshire North John Swinney SNP hold Perthshire South & Kinross-shire Roseanna Cunningham SNP hold Stirling Bruce Crawford SNP gain from Labour Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Mid Scotland and Fife Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP Annabelle Ewing 1 ±0 116,691 45.2% +12.7% Labour John Park
3 0 64,623 25.0% -2.1% Conservative Murdo Fraser
2 -1 36,458 14.1% -1.5% Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie 1 +1 15,103 5.9% -7.7%
North East Scotland
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: North East Scotland Constituency Elected member Result Aberdeen Central Kevin Stewart SNP hold Aberdeen Donside Brian Adam SNP hold Aberdeen South & North Kincardine Maureen Watt SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Aberdeenshire East Alex Salmond SNP hold Aberdeenshire West Dennis Robertson SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Angus North & Mearns Nigel Don SNP hold Angus South Graeme Dey SNP hold Banffshire & Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson SNP hold Dundee City East Shona Robison SNP hold Dundee City West Joe Fitzpatrick SNP hold Scottish Parliament election, 2011: North East Scotland Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP Mark McDonald 1 ±0 140,749 52.7% +12.2% Labour Richard Baker
3 ±0 43,893 16.4% -3.2% Conservative Alex Johnstone
2 ±0 31,681 14.1% -1.1% Liberal Democrats Alison McInnes 1 ±0 18,178 6.8% −8.4%
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: South Scotland Constituency Elected member Result Ayr John Scott Conservative hold Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Adam Ingram SNP gain from Labour Clydesdale Aileen Campbell SNP gain from Labour Dumfriesshire Elaine Murray Labour hold East Lothian Iain Gray Labour hold Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont Conservative hold Galloway and West Dumfries Alex Fergusson Conservative hold Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Willie Coffey SNP hold Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Christine Grahame SNP hold Scottish Parliament election, 2011: South Scotland Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% SNP Joan McAlpine
4 -1 114,270 40.96% +12.4 Labour Claudia Beamish
2 +2 70,596 25.3% -3.5 Conservative 0 -1 54,352 19.48% -2.8 Liberal Democrats Jim Hume 1 ±0 15,096 5.41% -4.5
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: West Scotland Constituency Elected member Result Clydebank & Milngavie Gil Paterson SNP gain from Labour Cunninghame North Kenneth Gibson SNP hold Cunninghame South Margaret Burgess SNP gain from Labour Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour hold Eastwood Ken Macintosh Labour gain from Conservative Greenock & Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour hold Paisley George Adam SNP gain from Labour Renfrewshire North & West Derek MacKay SNP gain from Labour Renfrewshire South Hugh Henry Labour hold Strathkelvin & Bearsden Fiona McLeod SNP gain from Labour Scottish Parliament election, 2011: West of Scotland Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−% Labour Mary Fee
3 +3 92,530 32.8% -1.8% SNP Stewart Maxwell
4 -2 117,306 41.5% +13% Conservative Annabel Goldie
2 ±0 35,955 12.7% -2.0% Liberal Democrats 0 -1 9,148 3.2% -4.9%
Top target seats of the main parties
Below are listed all the constituencies which required a swing of less than 5% from the 2007 result to change hands. Because the election will be fought under new boundaries, the figures are based on notional results.
Rank Constituency Winning party 2007 Swing to gain SNP's place 2007 Result 1 Glasgow Southside Labour 0.07 2nd SNP gain 2 Linlithgow Labour 0.45 2nd SNP gain 3 Stirling Labour 0.61 2nd SNP gain 4 Edinburgh Eastern Labour 0.80 2nd SNP gain 5 Airdrie and Shotts Labour 1.32 2nd SNP gain 6 Clydesdale Labour 1.85 2nd SNP gain 7 Glasgow Kelvin Labour 2.23 2nd SNP gain 8 Midlothian North & Musselburgh Labour 2.59 2nd SNP gain 9 Dumbarton Labour 2.64 2nd Labour hold 10 Falkirk East Labour 3.05 2nd SNP gain 11 East Lothian Labour 3.76 2nd Labour hold 12 East Kilbride Labour 3.78 2nd SNP gain 13 Glasgow Cathcart Labour 3.50 2nd SNP gain 14 Edinburgh Northern & Leith Labour 3.63 2nd Labour hold 15 Aberdeen South & North Kincardine Liberal Democrats 3.66 2nd SNP gain 16 Galloway & West Dumfries Conservative 3.84 2nd Con hold 17 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Labour 3.94 2nd SNP gain 18 Edinburgh Central Liberal Democrats 4.05 3rd SNP gain 19 Caithness, Sutherland & Ross Liberal Democrats 4.28 2nd SNP gain 20 Edinburgh Pentlands Conservative 4.49 3rd SNP gain 21 Dunfermline Liberal Democrats 4.55 3rd SNP gain 22 Cunninghame South Labour 4.61 2nd SNP gain
Rank Constituency Winning party 2007 Swing to gain Con place 2007 Result 1 Perthshire South & Kinross-shire SNP 2.23 2nd SNP hold
Rank Constituency Winning party 2007 Swing to gain Labour's place 2007 Result 1 Almond Valley SNP 0.007 2nd SNP hold 2 Cunninghame North SNP 0.07 2nd SNP hold 3 Dunfermline Liberal Democrats 0.14 2nd SNP gain 4 Aberdeen Central SNP 0.69 2nd SNP hold 5 Dumfriesshire Conservative 1.05 2nd Labour gain 6 Edinburgh Central Liberal Democrats 1.28 2nd SNP gain 7 Falkirk West SNP 1.28 2nd SNP hold 8 Clackmannanshire & Dunblane SNP 1.39 2nd SNP hold 9 Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley SNP 2.01 2nd SNP hold 10 Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP 2.52 2nd SNP hold 11 Dundee City West SNP 4.22 2nd SNP hold 12 Edinburgh Pentlands Conservative 4.31 2nd SNP gain 13 Mid Fife & Glenrothes SNP 4.53 2nd SNP hold
Liberal Democrat targets
Rank Constituency Winning party 2007 Swing to gain LD's place 2007 Result 1 Argyll & Bute SNP 1.41 2nd SNP hold 2 Aberdeen Central SNP 1.70 3rd SNP hold 3 Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale SNP 1.66 2nd SNP hold 4 Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire Conservative 2.61 2nd Con hold 5 Edinburgh Northern and Leith Labour 4.16 3rd Labour hold
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