The 2011 Election

The 2011 election for the Scottish Parliament was held on 5th May.

The results were

  • Scottish National Party - 69
  • Scottish Labour Party¬†- 37
  • Scottish Conservative - 15
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats - 5
  • Scottish Green Party - 2
  • Independent - 1

Turnout in the election was 50.4% in the constituency vote and 51.1% in the regional vote. The constituency of Eastwood had the highest turnout with 63.2% and Glasgow Provan had the lowest at 34.8%.

There were 48 new MSPs elected. This reflected the retirement of 20 MSPs who decided not to stand for re-election, and the 28 who lost their seats in the election.

45 female MSPs were elected (34.9%). In 1999, 48 females were elected, in 2003 51 and in 2007 43. The UK Parliament House of Commons has 22% female MPs after the 2010 election.

Two MSPs (1.6%) were elected from ethnic minority backgrounds, compared to only 1 in 2007.

For more detailed analysis of the election results, including the election campaign, see the Spice briefing Election 2011