5th Scottish Parliament


This is a list of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who were returned to the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament. Of the 129 MSPs returned at the 2016 election, 73 were returned from first past the post constituencies with a further 56 members returned from eight regions, each electing seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation.

5th Scottish Parliament
4th Scottish Parliament
Members elected to the Scottish Parliament on 5 May 2016
Overview
Legislative bodyScottish Parliament
JurisdictionScotland
Meeting placeScottish Parliament Building
Term12 May 2016 
Election5 May 2016
GovernmentSecond Sturgeon government
Members129
Presiding OfficerRt Hon Ken Macintosh

Parliament reconvened on 12 May 2016 with the swearing-in of MSPs and the election of the presiding officer and two deputy presiding officers.[1] Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the fifth session on 2 July 2016.[2]

Composition


Party May 2016
election
11 June 2020
current
Scottish National Party6361
Scottish Conservative Party3131
Scottish Labour Party2423
Scottish Green Party66
Scottish Liberal Democrats55
Independent02
Presiding Officer01
Total 129
Government majority −3 −6

Government parties denoted with bullets (•)

Graphical representation


These are graphical representations of the Scottish Parliement showing a comparison of party strengths as it was directly after the 2016 general election and in its current composition:


  • Note this is not the official seating plan of the Scottish Parliament.

List of MSPs


This is a list of MSPs. The changes table below records all changes in party affiliation during the session, since the May 2016 election.

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NameImageMember forTypeParty
George Adam Paisley Constituency Scottish National Party
Clare Adamson Motherwell and Wishaw Constituency Scottish National Party
Alasdair Allan Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency Scottish National Party
Tom Arthur Renfrewshire South Constituency Scottish National Party
Jackie Baillie Dumbarton Constituency Scottish Labour Party
Claire Baker Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Labour Party
Jeremy Balfour Lothian Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Michelle Ballantyne South Scotland
(since 23/05/17)
Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Claudia Beamish South Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Colin Beattie Midlothian North and Musselburgh Constituency Scottish National Party
Neil Bibby West Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Bill Bowman North East Scotland
(since 21/12/16)
Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Sarah Boyack Lothian Regional Scottish Labour Party
Miles Briggs Lothian Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Keith Brown Clackmannanshire and Dunblane Constituency Scottish National Party
Alexander Burnett Aberdeenshire West Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Donald Cameron Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Aileen Campbell Clydesdale Constituency Scottish National Party
Jackson Carlaw Eastwood Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Finlay Carson Galloway and West Dumfries Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Peter Chapman North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Willie Coffey Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Constituency Scottish National Party
Alex Cole-Hamilton Edinburgh Western Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Angela Constance Almond Valley Constituency Scottish National Party
Maurice Corry West Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Bruce Crawford Stirling Constituency Scottish National Party
Roseanna Cunningham Perthshire South and Kinross-shire Constituency Scottish National Party
Ruth Davidson Edinburgh Central Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Ash Denham Edinburgh Eastern Constituency Scottish National Party
Graeme Dey Angus South Constituency Scottish National Party
Bob Doris Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Constituency Scottish National Party
James Dornan Glasgow Cathcart Constituency Scottish National Party
Annabelle Ewing Cowdenbeath Constituency Scottish National Party
Fergus Ewing Inverness and Nairn Constituency Scottish National Party
Linda Fabiani East Kilbride Constituency Scottish National Party
Mary Fee West Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Neil Findlay Lothian Regional Scottish Labour Party
John Finnie Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Green Party
Joe FitzPatrick Dundee City West Constituency Scottish National Party
Kate Forbes Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Constituency Scottish National Party
Murdo Fraser Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Jeane Freeman Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Constituency Scottish National Party
Kenneth Gibson Cunninghame North Constituency Scottish National Party
Jenny Gilruth Mid Fife and Glenrothes Constituency Scottish National Party
Maurice Golden West Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Mairi Gougeon (elected as Mairi Evans) Angus North and Mearns Constituency Scottish National Party
Christine Grahame Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Constituency Scottish National Party
Rhoda Grant Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Labour Party
Iain Gray East Lothian Constituency Scottish Labour Party
Jamie Greene West Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Ross Greer West Scotland Regional Scottish Green Party
Mark Griffin Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Jamie Halcro Johnston Highlands and Islands
(since 20/06/17)
Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Rachael Hamilton Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Emma Harper South Scotland Regional Scottish National Party
Alison Harris Central Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Patrick Harvie Glasgow Regional Scottish Green Party
Clare Haughey Rutherglen Constituency Scottish National Party
Jamie Hepburn Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Constituency Scottish National Party
Fiona Hyslop Linlithgow Constituency Scottish National Party
Daniel Johnson Edinburgh Southern Constituency Scottish Labour Party
Alison Johnstone Lothian Regional Scottish Green Party
James Kelly Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour Party
Liam Kerr North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Bill Kidd Glasgow Anniesland Constituency Scottish National Party
Johann Lamont Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour Party
Monica Lennon Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Richard Leonard Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Gordon Lindhurst Lothian Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Richard Lochhead Moray Constituency Scottish National Party
Dean Lockhart Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Richard Lyle Uddingston and Bellshill Constituency Scottish National Party
Angus MacDonald Falkirk East Constituency Scottish National Party
Gordon MacDonald Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency Scottish National Party
Lewis Macdonald North East Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Fulton MacGregor Coatbridge and Chryston Constituency Scottish National Party
Ken Macintosh West Scotland Regional Presiding Officer
Derek Mackay Renfrewshire North and West Constituency Independent
Rona Mackay Strathkelvin and Bearsden Constituency Scottish National Party
Ben Macpherson Edinburgh North and Leith Constituency Scottish National Party
Ruth Maguire Cunninghame South Constituency Scottish National Party
Jenny Marra North East Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Gillian Martin Aberdeenshire East Constituency Scottish National Party
John Mason Glasgow Shettleston Constituency Scottish National Party
Tom Mason North East Scotland
(since 20/06/17)
Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Michael Matheson Falkirk West Constituency Scottish National Party
Joan McAlpine South Scotland Regional Scottish National Party
Liam McArthur Orkney Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Mark McDonald Aberdeen Donside Constituency Independent
Ivan McKee Glasgow Provan Constituency Scottish National Party
Christina McKelvie Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Constituency Scottish National Party
Stuart McMillan Greenock and Inverclyde Constituency Scottish National Party
Pauline McNeill Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour Party
Margaret Mitchell Central Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Edward Mountain Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Oliver Mundell Dumfriesshire Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Alex Neil Airdrie and Shotts Constituency Scottish National Party
Gil Paterson Clydebank and Milngavie Constituency Scottish National Party
Willie Rennie North East Fife Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Shona Robison Dundee City East Constituency Scottish National Party
Gail Ross Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Constituency Scottish National Party
Alex Rowley Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Labour Party
Mike Rumbles North East Scotland Regional Scottish Liberal Democrats
Mark Ruskell Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Green Party
Michael Russell Argyll and Bute Constituency Scottish National Party
Anas Sarwar Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour Party
John Scott Ayr Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Graham Simpson Central Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Elaine Smith Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Elizabeth Smith Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Colin Smyth South Scotland Regional Scottish Labour Party
Shirley-Anne Somerville Dunfermline Constituency Scottish National Party
Stewart Stevenson Banffshire and Buchan Coast Constituency Scottish National Party
Alexander Stewart Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
David Stewart Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Labour Party
Kevin Stewart Aberdeen Central Constituency Scottish National Party
Nicola Sturgeon Glasgow Southside Constituency Scottish National Party
John Swinney Perthshire North Constituency Scottish National Party
Maree Todd Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish National Party
Adam Tomkins Glasgow Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
David Torrance Kirkcaldy Constituency Scottish National Party
Maureen Watt Aberdeen South and North Kincardine Constituency Scottish National Party
Annie Wells Glasgow Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Paul Wheelhouse South Scotland Regional Scottish National Party
Sandra White Glasgow Kelvin Constituency Scottish National Party
Brian Whittle South Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Andy Wightman Lothian Regional Scottish Green Party
Beatrice Wishart Shetland Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Humza Yousaf Glasgow Pollok Constituency Scottish National Party

Former MSPs

Name Image Member for Type Party Notes
Kezia Dugdale Lothian Regional Scottish Labour Party Resigned 15 July 2019
Alex Johnstone North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Died 7 December 2016
John Lamont Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Constituency Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Resigned 4 May 2017
Douglas Ross Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Resigned 13 June 2017
Tavish Scott Shetland Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats Resigned July 2019
Ross Thomson North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Resigned 13 June 2017


Changes


Date Constituency/region Gain Loss Note
12 May 2016 West Scotland Presiding Officer Labour Ken Macintosh was elected Presiding Officer and consequently had to renounce his party affiliation.[3][4]
7 December 2016 North East Scotland Conservative Conservative Alex Johnstone died on 7 December 2016, aged 55.[5] It was announced on 13 December that the Conservatives had nominated Bill Bowman to replace Johnstone.[6] Bowman was sworn in on 21 December.[7]
4 May 2017 Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Conservative Conservative John Lamont resigned his seat, effective 4 May 2017, in order to contest the 2017 UK general election.[8] This triggered a by-election in his Scottish Parliament seat took at the same day as the UK general election (8 June 2017).[8] Rachael Hamilton won the seat.
4 May 2017 South Scotland Conservative Conservative Rachael Hamilton resigned her list seat in order to contest the 2017 Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire by-election on 8 June.[9] She was replaced by Michelle Ballantyne,[10] who was sworn in on 23 May.[11]
13 June 2017 Highlands and Islands Conservative Conservative Douglas Ross resigned his seat in the Scottish Parliament, having won election to the UK Parliament in the 2017 general election.[12] Ross was succeeded by Jamie Halcro Johnston, who was sworn in on 20 June.[13]
13 June 2017 North East Scotland Conservative Conservative Ross Thomson resigned his seat in the Scottish Parliament, having won election to the UK Parliament in the 2017 general election.[12] Thomson was succeeded by Tom Mason, who was sworn in on 20 June.[13]
15 November 2017 Mid Scotland and Fife Independent Labour Alex Rowley was suspended by Labour due to allegations about his conduct.[14]
16 November 2017 Aberdeen Donside Independent SNP Mark McDonald was suspended by the SNP due to allegations about his conduct,[15] and he subsequently resigned his membership of the SNP.[16]
19 December 2017 Mid Scotland and Fife Labour Independent Alex Rowley was reinstated by Labour.[17]
15 July 2019 Lothian Labour Labour Kezia Dugdale resigned her seat in the Scottish Parliament, taking a job with a think-tank.[18] Dugale was succeeded by Sarah Boyack.[18]
30 August 2019 Shetland Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott resigned his seat in the Scottish Parliament, taking a job with Scottish Rugby.[19] This triggered a by-election, which was won Beatrice Wishart.
6 February 2020 Renfrewshire North and West Independent SNP Derek Mackay was suspended by the SNP due to allegations about his conduct.[20]

References


  1. Vevers, Den (12 May 2016). "MSPs sworn in as Scottish Parliament resumes business". STV News. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. "Queen urges calm in 'challenging world'". BBC News. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. "Ken Macintosh chosen as Holyrood presiding officer". BBC News. BBC. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. Brooks, Libby (12 May 2016). "Ken Macintosh elected as presiding officer of Scottish parliament". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. "Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone dies aged 55". BBC News. BBC. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  6. "Replacement for late MSP Alex Johnstone announced as Bill Bowman". BBC News. BBC. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. "New Conservative MSP Bill Bowman takes his oath of allegiance". BBC News. BBC. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  8. "Tory MSP to quit Holyrood to stand for Westminster". BBC News. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  9. "MSP Rachael Hamilton quits to fight Holyrood by-election". BBC News. BBC. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  10. Freeman, Tom (18 May 2017). "Selkirkshire councillor Michelle Ballantyne is new Tory MSP". Holyrood Magazine. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. "New Conservative MSP sworn in at Holyrood". BBC News. BBC. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  12. "Newly-elected Tory MPs quit Holyrood for Westminster". BBC News. BBC. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  13. "Two new Conservative MSPs sworn in at Holyrood". BBC News. BBC. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  14. "Labour suspends deputy leader Alex Rowley during conduct probe". BBC News. BBC. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  15. "SNP suspends former government minister". BBC News. BBC. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  16. "Mark McDonald quits SNP but continues as MSP". BBC News. BBC. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  17. "Leonard unveils new Scottish Labour front bench team". BBC News. BBC. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  18. "Sarah Boyack to return to Holyrood as Labour MSP". BBC News. BBC. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  19. "Former Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott to quit Holyrood". BBC News. BBC. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  20. "Derek Mackay: Scottish finance secretary quits over messages to boy". BBC News. BBC. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.