European Parliament constituency
Map of the 2014 European Parliament constituencies with Scotland Alba highlighted in red
Location among the 2014 constituencies
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Dissolved31 January 2020
MEPs8 (1999–2004)
7 (2004–2009)
6 (2009–2020)

Scotland (Scots: Scotland, Scottish Gaelic: Alba [ˈal̪ˠapə] (listen)) was a constituency of the European Parliament created in 1999. It elected between eight and six MEPs using the D'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation every give years from 1999 until 2020. The constituency was abolished after the United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020.


The constituency's boundaries were the same as those of Scotland, one of the four countries of the United Kingdom.


The constituency was formed as a result of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999, replacing a number of single-member constituencies. These were Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, Lothians, Mid Scotland and Fife, North East Scotland, South of Scotland, Strathclyde East, and Strathclyde West.

The number of MEPs returned by the constituency was eight in 1999, seven in 2004, and six in 2009, 2014 and 2019.

After the result of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum vote to leave the European Union in 2016, this constituency was abolished on 31 January 2020 following completion of the Article 50 withdrawal process.

MEPs for former Scottish constituencies, 1979–1999[1]
Election 1979 – 1984 1984 – 1989 1989 – 1994 1994 – 1999
and Islands
Winnie Ewing
North East
James Provan
Henry McCubbin
Allan Macartney
to August 1998
Ian Hudghton
from November 1998
South of
Alasdair Hutton
Alex Smith
Lothians Ian Dalziel
David Martin
Mid Scotland
and Fife
John Purvis
Alex Falconer
Adam Fergusson
Hugh McMahon
Ken Collins
Glasgow Janey Buchan
Bill Miller

Returned members

MEPs for Scotland, 1999 onwards
Election 1999 (5th parliament) 2004 (6th parliament) 2009 (7th parliament) 2014 (8th parliament) 2019 (9th parliament)
Struan Stevenson
Ian Duncan
to September 2017
Nosheena Mobarik
from September 2017
Elspeth Attwooll
Liberal Democrat
George Lyon
Liberal Democrat
David Coburn
UKIP (2014–2018)
Independent (2018–2019)
Brexit Party (2019)
Sheila Ritchie
Liberal Democrat
Neil MacCormick
Alyn Smith
to December 2019
Heather Anderson
in January 2020
Ian Hudghton
Christian Allard
David Martin
Aileen McLeod
Catherine Stihler
to January 2019
Vacant Louis Stedman-Bryce
Brexit Party (2019)
Independent (2019)
John Purvis
Seat abolished
Bill Miller
Seat abolished

Election results

Elected candidates are listed in bold. Brackets indicate the number of votes per seat won.


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Map of highest polling party in each Scottish council area;
European Election 2019: Scotland[2][3]
List Candidates Votes % ±
SNP Alyn Smith2 (1)
Christian Allard (2)
Aileen McLeod (5)
Margaret Ferrier, Heather Anderson, Alex Kerr[4]
37.8 +8.8
Brexit Party Louis Stedman-Bryce (3)
Karina Walker, James Ferguson-Hannah, Stuart Waiton, Paul Aitken, Calum Walker
233,006 14.8 New
Liberal Democrats Sheila Ritchie (4)
Fred Mackintosh, Catriona Bhatia, Vita Zaporozcenko, John Edward, Clive Sneddon[5]
218,285 13.9 +6.8
Conservative Nosheena Mobarik (6)
Ian McGill, Shona Haslam, Iain Whyte, Andrea Gee, Michael Kusznir[6]
182,476 11.6 -5.6
Labour David Martin, Jayne Baxter, Craig Miller, Amy Lee Fraioli, Callum O’Dwyer, Angela Bretherton[7] 146,724 9.3 -16.6
Scottish Green Maggie Chapman, Lorna Slater, Gillian Mackay, Chas Booth, Mags Hall, Allan Faulds 129,603 8.2 +0.1
Change UK – The Independent Group David Macdonald,1 Kate Forman, Peter Griffiths, Heather Astbury, Colin McFadyen, Cathy Edgeworth 30,004 1.9 New
UKIP Donald MacKay, Janice MacKay, Otto Inglis, Mark Meechan, Roy Hill[8] 28,418 1.8 -8.7
Independent Gordon Edgar[9] 6,128 0.39 New
Independent Ken Parke[9] 2,049 0.13 New
Turnout 1,561,226 39.9 +6.4

1 On 15 May, David Macdonald, the lead candidate for Change UK in Scotland, switched to endorsing the Liberal Democrats in order not to split the pro-Remain vote.[10]

2 Alyn Smith resigned his seat following his election to the Parliament of the United Kingdom in the 2019 United Kingdom general election, alongside Margaret Ferrier. He was replaced by Heather Anderson in January 2020.[11]


Map of highest polling party in each Scottish council area;    SNP   Labour    Conservatives   Liberal Democrats
Map of highest polling party in each Scottish council area;
European Election 2014: Scotland[12][13]
List Candidates Votes % ±
SNP Ian Hudghton, Alyn Smith
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Stephen Gethins, Toni Giugliano, Chris Stephens[14][15]
29.0 −0.1
Labour David Martin, Catherine Stihler
Derek Munn, Katrina Murray, Asim Khan, Kirsty O'Brien[16]
25.9 +5.1
Conservative Ian Duncan
Belinda Don, Nosheena Mobarik, Jamie Gardiner, Iain McGill, Stuart Mcintyre[15][17]
231,330 17.2 +0.4
UKIP David Coburn
Kevin Newton, Otto Inglis, Denise Baykal, Hugh Hatrick, Malcolm Mackay[18][19]
140,534 10.5 +5.3
Scottish Green Maggie Chapman, Chas Booth, Grace Murray, Alastair Whitelaw, Anne Thomas, Steen Parish[20] 108,305 8.1 +0.8
Liberal Democrats George Lyon, Christine Jardine, Lisa Strachan, Richard Brodie, Jade Holden, Euan Davidson[20] 95,319 7.1 −4.4
Britain First James Dowson, John Arthur Randall, Jayda Kaleigh Fransen, Geoffrey Clynch, Margaret Dorothy Clynch, Jane Susan Shepherd 13,639 1.0 New
BNP Kenneth McDonald, David James Orr, Victoria McKenzie, Angus Jim Mathys, Paul Brandy Stafford, Stacey Jayne Fleming 10,216 0.8 −1.7
NO2EU John Odell Foster, Andrew Elliott, Murdo Maclean, Gail Morrow, Brian Smith, Richard Edward Veitch 6,418 0.5 −0.4
Turnout 1,343,483 33.5 +5.0

† Ian Duncan resigned his seat in September 2017, to take up a seat in the House of Lords and be appointed as Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. He was replaced by Nosheena Mobarik later in the month.[21]


Map of the highest polling parties in each Scottish council area;    SNP   Labour    Conservatives   Liberal Democrats
Map of the highest polling parties in each Scottish council area;
European Election 2009: Scotland[22][23][24][25]
List Candidates Votes % ±
SNP Ian Hudghton, Alyn Smith
Aileen McLeod, Drew Hendry, Duncan Ross, Gordon Archer
29.1 +9.4
Labour David Martin, Catherine Stihler
Mary Lockhart, Paul McAleavely, Kirsty Connell, Nasim Khan[26]
20.8 −5.6
Conservative Struan Stevenson
Belinda Don, Helen Gardiner, Donald G. MacDonald, Gerald Michaluk, PJ Lewis[27]
185,794 16.8 −0.9
Liberal Democrats George Lyon
Euan Robson, Robert Aldridge, Patsy Kenton, Douglas Herbison, Clive Sneddon[28]
127,038 11.5 −1.6
Scottish Green Elaine Morrison, Chas Booth, Kirsten Robb, Alastair Whitelaw, Ruth Dawkins, Peter McColl 80,442 7.3 +0.5
UKIP Peter Adams, Paul Hencke, Phillip Anderson, Matthew Desmond, Donald Mackay, Paul Wiffen, Kathleen Desmond[29] 57,788 5.2 −1.5
BNP Gary Raikes, Charlie Baillie, Deborah McKnight, Roy Jones, Max Dunbar, Elise Jones[30] 27,174 2.5 +0.8
Socialist Labour Louise McDaid, David Jacobsen, Katherine McGavigan, James Berrington, Claire Watt, James McDaid 22,135 2.0 New
Scottish Christian Sheila McLaughlan, John Smart, Brian Ross, Archie Linnegan, Christine Cormack, Isobel Anne Macleod 16,738 1.5 -0.3
Scottish Socialist Colin Fox, Angela Gorrie, Johanna Dind, Nick McKerrell, Raphie de Santos, Felicity Garvie 10,404 0.9 -4.3
Independent Duncan Robertson 10,189 0.9 New
NO2EU John Foster, Tommy Sheridan, Leah Ganley, Stuart Hyslop, Ajit Singh Uppal, Tom Morrison 9,693 0.9 +0.9
Jury Team (UK) Alan Wallace, John O'Callaghan, Stuart Brown, Kenneth Lees, Mev Brown, Austin Compson-Bradford[31] 6,257 0.6 New
Turnout 1,104,512 28.5 −2.4


Map of the highest polling parties in each Scottish Westminster constituency; SNP in yellow, Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, and Liberal Democrats in orange.
Map of the highest polling parties in each Scottish Westminster constituency; SNP in yellow, Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, and Liberal Democrats in orange.
European Election 2004: Scotland[32]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour David Martin, Catherine Stihler
Bill Miller, Kirsty O'Brien, Colin Smyth, Catriona Renton, Gemma Doyle
26.4 −2.3
SNP Ian Hudghton, Alyn Smith
Kenneth Gibson, Douglas Henderson, Alexander Nicholson, Alex Orr, Janet Law, Duncan Ross
19.7 −7.5
Conservative Struan Stevenson, John Purvis
Cameron Buchanan, Sebastian Leslie, Anne Harper, Paul Nelson, Douglas Taylor
17.8 −2.0
Liberal Democrats Elspeth Attwooll
Robert Aldridge, Alex Bruce, Karen Freel, Douglas Herbison, Clive Sneddon, Christine James, Jermaine Allison
154,178 13.1 +3.3
Scottish Green Chas Booth, Tara O'Leary, Martin Bartos, Moira Dunworth, Alastair Whitelaw, Katherine Joester, James Park 79,695 6.8 +1.0
UKIP Peter Troy, Philip Anderson, George Cormack, Michael Phillips, Janice Murdock, Donald Mackay, Peter Nielson 78,828 6.7 +5.4
Scottish Socialist Felicity Garvie, Nick McKerrel, Hugh Kerr, Catriona Grant, Lynn Sheridan, John Sangster, Andrew Rossiter 61,356 5.2 +1.2
Christian Vote George Hargreaves, William Thompson, Richard Russell, David Braid, Marion McNeill, Mary Hay, Rose Irtwange 21,056 1.8 New
BNP Steven Blake, Scott McLean, David Kerr, Stephen Burns, Bryan Dickson, Craig McComb, John Bean[33] 19,427 1.7 +1.3
Scottish Wind Watch Brendan Hamill, Sylvia Thorne, Charles Bennie, Jennifer Scobie, Bennie Palmer, Helen Pass, Richard Hammock 7,255 0.6 New
Independent Fergus Tait 3,624 0.3 New
Turnout 1,176,817 30.9 +6.2


Map of the highest polling parties in each Scottish Westminster constituency; SNP in yellow, Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, and Liberal Democrats in orange.
Map of the highest polling parties in each Scottish Westminster constituency; SNP in yellow, Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, and Liberal Democrats in orange.
European Election 1999: Scotland[34]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour David Martin, Bill Miller, Catherine Taylor
Christine May, Hugh McMahon, James Paton, John Clifford, Jeanette Bradley
SNP Ian Hudghton, Neil MacCormick
Anne Gillies, Gordon Wilson, Janet Law, Kris Browne, Ian Goldie, Josephine Docherty
Conservative Struan Stevenson, John Purvis
Anne Harper, Cameron Buchanan, Sebastian Leslie, Iain Mitchell, Peter Ramsay, Anthony Gilbey
Liberal Democrats Elspeth Attwooll
Robert Aldridge, Neil Mitchison, Heather Lyall, Clive Sneddon, Danus Skene, Karen Freel, Jayne Struthers
96,971 9.8
Scottish Green Marion Coyne, Eleanor Scott, Phil O'Brien, Graeme Farmer, Linda Hendry, Chris Ballance, Kay Allan, Alastair Whitelaw 57,142 5.8
Scottish Socialist Hugh Kerr, Rosie Kane, Harvey Duke, Catherine Stewart, Colin Fox, Shareen Blackall, Steve Arnott, Frances Curran 39,720 4.0
Pro-Euro Conservative Paul Dwyer, Joanna Lavender, Douglas McConchie, Richard Ashurst, Neasa MacEarlean, Oliver Grant, Alexander Skinner, James Waters 17,781 1.8
UKIP Alistair McConnachie, Donald Mackay, James McKenna, Stuart Brown, Matthew Henderson, Joseph Smith, Peter Nielson, John Mumford 12,459 1.3
Socialist Labour Louise McDaid, Christopher Herriot, Katharine McGavigan, Stephen Mayes, Patricia Graham, Colin Turbett, Margaret Stead, James Galloway 9,385 1.0
BNP Kenneth Smith, Scott McLean, Russell Bradley, Mark Allen, Paul Wilkinson, Robert Currie, David Kerr, James Mills 3,729 0.4
Natural Law James McKissock, George Stidolph, Diana Kras, Kenneth Blair, David Pettigrew, Iain Petrie, Anna Rawlinson, Thomas Pringle 2,087 0.2
Accountant for Lower Scottish Taxes Charles Lawson 1,632 0.2
Turnout 988,310 24.7

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