December 2020 Scottish Parliament election

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December 2020 Scottish Parliament election
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All 129 seats to the Scottish Parliament
65 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
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Leader Tommy2Boys NeatSaucer NorthernWomble
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Leader since 27 June 2020[2] 4 November 2020[3] 26 July 2020[1]
Leader's seat Aberdeen Central Almond Valley Orkney Islands
Last election 56 seats 42 seats 7 seats
Seats before 56 42 7
Seats won 63 17 17
Seat change Increase 7 Decrease 25 Increase 10
Popular vote 1,193,785 364,382 316,950
Percentage 46.5% 14.2% 12.4%
Swing Increase 1.2% Decrease 20.2% Increase 7.3%[a]

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Leader chainchompsky1 Imadearedditaccount5 / Model-Eddy ThreeCommasClub
Party SNP Progressives Libertarian
Leader since 11 September 2020[5] 8 July 2020[6] 13 November 2020[4]
Leader's seat Aberdeenshire East Dumbarton / Edinburgh Central Stirlingshire and Upper Strathclyde
Last election 3 seats[b] 5 seats (combined) 15 seats
Seats before 3 seats 5 15
Seats won 13 13 5
Seat change Increase 10 Increase 8 Decrease 10
Popular vote 281,799 271,644 126,245
Percentage 11.0% 10.6% 4.9%
Swing Increase 8.4% Increase 5.2% Decrease 7.2%

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Leader shetgirl3456
Party Free Shetland
Leader since 12 November 2020[7]
Leader's seat Shetland Islands
Last election Did not contest
Seats before Outside parliament
Seats won 1
Seat change Increase 1
Popular vote 10,695
Percentage 0.4%
Swing Increase 0.4%

First Minister before election

Tommy2Boys
Conservative

Elected First Minister

TBD
TBD

The December 2020 Scottish Parliament election was held on Thursday, 3 December 2020 to elect 129 members to the Scottish Parliament. The incumbent Scottish Conservatives under Tommy2Boys expanded their vote by 1%, but ultimately came up 2 seats short of a majority. The Scottish Labour party more than halved their vote, falling to 17 seats. This loss led to the gain of smaller parties, such as the Scottish Liberal Democrats, who won an equal amount of seats to Labour, the Scottish National Party, who won 11% in their debut election, and the Scottish Progressives, who won over 10% of the vote and doubled their seat count- the regionalist Free Shetland party also won a single seat. A notable exception to this trend were the Scottish Libertarians, who lost two-thirds of their seats.

Electoral system

There are 10 regions contested as multi-member constituencies, with each party nominating one candidate for each region. The seats in each region range from 12 to 14. MPs will take up either an FPTP seat (more common for major parties) with an example being Tommy2Boys' seat of Aberdeen Central (located in the Grampian region), or a list seat (more common for minor parties) with an example being Friedmanite19, nationwide LPUK leader, taking up the Scottish Libertarians' list seat in the Fife and the Forth Valley.

Parties and candidates contesting the election

The close of nominations was at 10PM, 27 November 2020, and the official list of nominations was released shortly after. 7 political parties contested this election, down from 9 in June 2020. Among the parties that contested the previous election, the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Libertarians all contested this election, while the Scottish Reformists and Scottish People's Unity Party merged to form the Scottish Progressives. Change merged with the Liberal Democrats, while the Scottish Socialist Party merged with the newly-founded Scottish National Party. There was also an additional party that was founded midterm, called Free Shetland. Below is a table of candidates.[8]

Region Conservative Labour Lib Dem Libertarian Progressive SNP Free Shetland
Highlands and Islands BrexitGlory sunlightatnight NorthernWomble seimer1234 Endorsed NorthernWomble motelblinds shetgirl3456
Grampian Tommy2Boys PotatoHeadz35 mrprez180 Endorsed PotatoHeadz35 ChainChompsky1
Tayside atrastically Maroiogog tiber_augustus model-saunders SomeBritishDude26 Zurikurta
Fife and the Forth Valley model-conf Endorsed LightningMinion Endorsed LightningMinion zhuk236 LightningMinion later_slater1407_
Edinburgh CheckMyBrain11 NeatSaucer Endorsed Model-Eddy Friedmanite19 Model-Eddy Alweglim
Stirlingshire and Upper Strathclyde Vitiating Rohanite272 Endorsed Imadearedditaccount5 ThreeCommasClub Imadearedditaccount5 shmerpsbs
Lower Strathclyde Joecphillips lily-irl a1fie335 ohdearstudying Sten_De_Geer BasileiosAlfred
Clyde Valley DriftersBuddy NGSpy LastBlueHero Cody5200 Endorsed NGSpy wiredcookie1
Glasgow City Skullduggery12 VerkhovnaGeordie model-willem Tarkin15 Endorsed model-willem icecreamsandwich401
Southern Marches chi0121 Rinarchy scubaguy194 unitedlover14 Endorsed scubaguy194 KarlYonedaStan

Results

The Scottish Progressive performance is calculated from the combined Scottish Reformist/Scottish People's Unity performance in June 2020. The Scottish National Party performance is calculated from the Scottish Socialist performance in June 2020. The Liberal Democrat performance includes any Change performance in June 2020.

e • d 
Parties Votes % ± Seats ±
Conservative 1,193,785 46.5% Increase 1.2% 63 Increase 7
Labour 364,382 14.2% Decrease 20.2% 17 Decrease 25
Liberal Democrats 316,950 12.4% Increase 7.3% 17 Increase 10
SNP 281,799 11.0% Increase 8.4% 13 Increase 10
Progressives 271,644 10.6% Increase 5.2% 13 Increase 8
Libertarian 126,245 4.9% Decrease 7.2% 5 Decrease 10
Free Shetland 10,695 0.4% Increase 0.4% 1 Increase 1
Total 2,565,500[9] 129

Highlands and Islands

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Highlands and Islands[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative BrexitGlory 7 +1 90,164 50.8% -3.5%
Liberal Democrats NorthernWomble 3 +1 46,600 26.3% +12.5%
SNP motelblinds 1 ±0 20,417 11.5% +4.4%
Free Shetland shetgirl3456 1 +1 10,695 6.0% +6.0%
Labour sunlightatnight 0 -3 6,622 3.7% -21.2%
Libertarian seimer1234 0 ±0 2,972 1.7% -1.7%

Grampian

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Grampian[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative Tommy2Boys 7 ±0 123,649 57.2% +2.7%
Liberal Democrats PotatoHeadz35 3 +3 43,775 20.3% +17.7%
SNP ChainChompsky1 1 +1 25,326 11.7% +11.7%
Libertarian mrprez180 1 -1 23,277 10.8% -5.6%

Tayside

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Tayside[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative atrastically 7 ±0 115,732 55.4% -3.1%
Labour Maroiogog 2 -1 33,874 16.2% -3.8%
SNP Zurikurta 2 +2 25,215 12.1% +12.1%
Progressives SomeBritishDude26 2 +1 23,706 11.3% +2.7%
Liberal Democrats tiber_augustus 0 ±0 6,427 3.1% +3.1%
Libertarian model-saunders 0 -2 4,110 2.0% -10.9%

Fife and the Forth Valley

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Fife and the Forth Valley[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative model-conf 7 +1 139,081 52.0% +7.9%
Progressives LightningMinion 4 +3 92,946 34.8% +24.9%
SNP later_slater1407_ 2 +2 31,064 11.6% +11.6%
Libertarian zhuk236 0 -1 4,207 1.6% -8.1%

Edinburgh

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Edinburgh[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative CheckMyBrain11 7 +1 167,704 48.6% +6.1%
Labour NeatSaucer 3 -1 74,640 21.6% -11.9%
Progressives Model-Eddy 3 +2 64,801 18.8% +11.9%
SNP Alweglim 1 +1 31,839 9.2% +9.2%
Libertarian Friedmanite19 0 -2 6,184 1.8% -10.4%

Stirlingshire and Upper Strathclyde

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Stirlingshire and Upper Strathclyde[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative Vitiating 4 ±0 107,220 32.4% +3.0%
Labour Rohanite272 3 -1 85,417 25.8% -15.9%
Progressives Imadearedditaccount5 3 +2 64,518 19.5% +10.7%
Libertarian ThreeCommasClub 2 -1 41,679 12.6% -10.3%
SNP shmerpsbs 1 +1 31,856 9.6% +9.6%

Lower Strathclyde

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Lower Strathclyde[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative Joecphillips 4 ±0 84,673 32.6% +2.8%
Labour lily-irl 3 -1 56,481 21.8% -13.5%
Liberal Democrats a1fie335 2 +1 41,312 15.9% +9.7%
Libertarian ohdearstudying 2 -1 30,738 11.8% -8.8%
Progressives Sten_De_Geer 1 ±0 25,673 9.9% +1.8%
SNP BasileiosAlfred 1 +1 20,597 7.9% +7.9%

Clyde Valley

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Clyde Valley[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative DriftersBuddy 6 +1 119,276 41.0% +11.2%
Labour NGSpy 4 -1 83,909 28.8% -9.6%
Liberal Democrats LastBlueHero 2 +2 51,860 17.8% +17.8%
SNP wiredcookie1 1 ±0 29,810 10.2% +1.8%
Libertarian Cody5200 0 -2 6,201 2.1% -12.4%

Glasgow City

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow City[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative Skullduggery12 7 +2 120,854 46.7% +10.7%
Liberal Democrats model-willem 4 +3 75,971 29.3% +20.6%
SNP icecreamsandwich401 2 +1 43,757 16.9% +7.2%
Labour VerkhovnaGeordie 1 -6 14,872 5.7% -39.9%
Libertarian Tarkin15 0 ±0 3,608 1.4% +1.4%

Southern Marches

December 2020 Scottish Parliament election: Southern Marches[8][9]
Party Candidate Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Conservative chi0121 7 +1 125,432 59.7% +7.6%
Liberal Democrats scubaguy194 3 +1 51,005 24.3% +17.5%
SNP KarlYonedaStan 1 +1 21,918 10.4% +10.4%
Labour Rinarchy 1 -3 8,567 4.1% -27.2%
Libertarian unitedlover14 0 ±0 3,269 1.6% +1.6%

References

  1. Includes the performance of Change, a minor party which contested the June 2020 election and later merged with the Liberal Democrats.
  2. Perfomance of the Scottish Socialist Party, who later merged into the Scottish National Party