2nd Scottish Parliament
This is a list of members (MSPs) returned to the second Scottish Parliament at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election. Of the 129 members, 73 were elected from first past the post constituencies with a further 56 members being returned from eight regions, each electing seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation.
|2nd Scottish Parliament|
|Legislative body||Scottish Parliament|
|Jurisdiction||Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Meeting place||General Assembly|
Scottish Parliament Building
|Term||7 May 2003 – 2 April 2007|
|Government||Second McConnell government|
|Presiding Officer||George Reid|
|First Minister||Jack McConnell|
|Deputy First Minister||Jim Wallace (2003–05)|
Nicol Stephen (2005–07)
|Leader of the Opposition||John Swinney (2003–04)|
Nicola Sturgeon (2004–07)
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The 2nd Scottish Parliament produced a second hung parliament and became colloquially known as the Rainbow Parliament. This was due to the 2003 election producing a result whereby the incoming members represented the largest number of political parties, with wide-ranging views from across the political spectrum, to be elected at a national level in Scotland. The governing Labour – Liberal Democrat coalition continued in government for a second term.
|•||Scottish Labour Party||50||50|
|Scottish National Party||27||25|
|Scottish Conservative Party||18||17|
|•||Scottish Liberal Democrats||17||17|
|Scottish Green Party||7||7|
|Scottish Socialist Party||6||4|
|Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party||1||1|
Government coalition parties denoted with bullets (•)
These are graphical representations of the Scottish Parliament showing a comparison of party strengths as it was directly after the 2003 election and its composition at the time of its dissolution in April 2007:
- Note this is not the official seating plan of the Scottish Parliament.
List of MSPs
|Mike Watson||Glasgow Cathcart||Constituency||Scottish Labour Party||resigned|
|Keith Raffan||Mid Scotland and Fife||Regional||Scottish Liberal Democrats||resigned|
|David Mundell||South of Scotland||Regional||Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party||resigned|
|Margaret Ewing||Moray||Constituency||Scottish National Party||deceased|
|Mary Scanlon||Highlands and Islands||Regional||Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party||resigned|
|7 May 2003||Ochil||Presiding Officer||SNP||George Reid is elected as the Presiding Officer and had to take voluntary suspension from the SNP.|
|10 July 2004||West of Scotland||Independent||SNP||Campbell Martin was expelled from the SNP.|
|10 January 2005||Mid Scotland and Fife||Liberal Democrats||Liberal Democrats||Keith Raffan resigned from Parliament, citing reasons of ill health. He was replaced by Andrew Arbuckle.|
|17 June 2005||South of Scotland||Conservative||Conservative||David Mundell resigned from the Scottish Parliament as he had won election to the UK Parliament. Derek Brownlee replaced Mundell.|
|1 September 2005||Glasgow Cathcart||Labour||Mike Watson resigned from the Scottish Parliament after pleading guilty to a charge of fire-raising.|
|29 September 2005||Glasgow Cathcart||Labour||Charlie Gordon wins the Glasgow Cathcart by-election.|
|08 November 2005||Mid Scotland and Fife||Independent||Conservative||Brian Monteith is expelled from his party after briefing against his party leader David McLetchie.|
|21 March 2006||Moray||SNP||Margaret Ewing dies in March 2006.|
|7 April 2006||North East Scotland||SNP||SNP||Richard Lochhead resigned his regional seat to contest the Moray by-election. Maureen Watt replaced Lochhead.|
|7 April 2006||Highlands and Islands||Conservative||Conservative||Mary Scanlon resigned her regional seat to contest the Moray by-election. Dave Petrie replaced Scanlon.|
|27 April 2006||Moray||SNP||Richard Lochhead wins the Moray by-election.|
|3 September 2006||Glasgow||Solidarity||Scottish Socialist||Tommy Sheridan resigned from the SSP and formed Solidarity.|
|3 September 2006||South of Scotland||Solidarity||Scottish Socialist||Rosemary Byrne resigned from the SSP and joined Solidarity.|
- 2003 Scottish Parliament election
- Executive of the 2nd Scottish Parliament
- Scottish Parliament
- Member of the Scottish Parliament
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