Scottish Labour
Pàrtaidh Làbarach na h-Alba  (Scottish Gaelic)
Scots Labour Pairty  (Scots)
LeaderAnas Sarwar
Deputy LeaderJackie Baillie
General SecretaryJames Kelly
Headquarters290 Bath Street
G2 4RE
Student wingScottish Labour Students
Youth wingScottish Young Labour
Membership (2021)Decrease 16,467[2]
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationLabour Party
European affiliationParty of European Socialists
International affiliationProgressive Alliance,
Socialist International (Observer)
House of Commons (Scottish seats)
1 / 59
Scottish Parliament[4]
22 / 129
Local government in Scotland[5][6]
249 / 1,227

Scottish Labour (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrtaidh Làbarach na h-Alba, Scots: Scots Labour Pairty; officially the Scottish Labour Party) is a social democratic political party in Scotland. It is an autonomous section of the UK Labour Party. From their peak of holding 56 of the 129 seats at the first Scottish parliament election in 1999, the Party has lost seats at each Holyrood election until it returned just 22 MSPs at the 2021 election. The party currently holds one[7] of 59 Scottish seats in the UK House of Commons, with Ian Murray having represented Edinburgh South continuously since 2010.

Throughout the later decades of the twentieth century and into the new millennium, Labour dominated politics in Scotland; winning the largest share of the vote in Scotland at every UK general election from 1964 to 2010, every European Parliament election from 1984 to 2004 and in the first two elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003. After this, Scottish Labour formed a coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, forming a majority Scottish Executive. More recently, especially since the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the party has suffered significant decline; losing ground predominantly to the pro-seperatist Scottish National Party, who advocate Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.

Scottish Labour experienced one of their worst defeats ever at the 2015 general election. Scottish Labour were left with a sole seat in the House of Commons, Edinburgh South, and lost 40 of its 41 seats to the SNP. This was the first time the party had not dominated in Scotland since the Conservative Party landslide in 1959.[8] At the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, the party lost 13 of its 37 seats, becoming the third-largest party after being surpassed by the Scottish Conservatives. At the 2017 general election, Scottish Labour improved their fortunes and gained six seats from the SNP, bringing its total seat tally to seven and winning a 27% share of the vote. This was the first time since the 1918 general election, 99 years previously, that Labour had finished in third place at any general election in Scotland. Overall, the 2017 general election marked the first time in twenty years that the Labour Party had made net gains in the UK at any election. The success was short-lived however, and at the 2019 general election, Labour lost all new seats gained two years earlier, and again were left with Edinburgh South as their only Scottish seat in the House of Commons. Ian Murray has served as the MP for the constituency since 2010, and is currently one of Scotland's longest-serving MPs. The 2019 general election was Labour's worst result nationally in 84 years, with their lowest share of the vote recorded in Scotland since the December 1910 general election.


Main article: Organisation of Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour is registered with the UK Electoral Commission as an Accounting Unit (AU) of the UK Labour Party and is therefore not a registered political party under the terms of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. As with Welsh Labour, Scottish Labour has its own general secretary which is the administrative head of the party, responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, and reports to the UK General Secretary of the Labour Party. The Scottish Labour headquarters is currently at Bath Street, Glasgow. It was formerly co-located with the offices of Unite the Union at John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street. The party holds an annual conference during February/March each year.

Scottish Executive Committee

Scottish Labour is administered by the Glasgow-based Scottish Executive Committee (SEC), which is responsible to the Labour Party's London-based National Executive Committee (NEC). The Scottish Executive Committee is made up of representatives of party members, elected members and party affiliates, for example, trade unions and socialist societies.

Party Officers:[9]


Scottish Labour membership since 1997
         Labour Party full members (excluding affiliates and supporters)

In 2008, Scottish Labour membership was reported as 17,000, down from a peak of approximately 30,000 in the run-up to the 1997 general election.[10] The figures included in the Annual Report presented to the Scottish Party Conference in 2008, also recorded that more than half of all Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) had less than 300 members, with 14 having less than 200 members.[11]

In September 2010, the party issued 13,135 ballot papers to party members during the Labour Party (UK) leadership election. These did not necessarily equate to 13,135 individual members – due to the party's electoral structure, members can qualify for multiple votes.[12] The party has declined to reveal its membership figures since 2008, and did not publish the number of votes cast in the leadership elections of 2011 or 2014, only percentages.[13]

In November 2014 the party's membership was claimed by an unnamed source reported in the Sunday Herald to be 13,500.[14] Other recent reports in the media have quoted figures of "as low as 8,000" (the Evening Times)[15] and "less than 10,000" (New Statesman).[16] In December 2014 the newly elected leader Jim Murphy claimed that the figure was "about 20,000" on the TV programme Scotland Tonight.[17]

In late September 2015, following a membership boost resulting from the 2015 Labour leadership election, a total of 29,899 people were associated with the party; 18,824 members, 7,790 people affiliated through trade unions and other groups, and 3,285 registered supporters.[18]

In September 2017, it was reported that the Party had 21,500 members and 9,500 affiliated through trade unions and other groups, making a total of 31,000 people associated with the Party.[19]

In January 2018, the total Scottish membership stood at 25,836, however within 12 months it was leaked in January 2019 that this value had fallen by 4,674 to 21,162.[20]

In February 2021, the membership figure was down to 16,467.[2]


See also: History of the Labour Party (UK), Devolution in the United Kingdom, and History of Scottish devolution

From the formation of the Labour Representation Committee in 1900, it had members in Scotland, but unlike in England and Wales, it made no pact with the Liberal Party and so initially struggled to make an impact.[21] In 1899, the Scottish Trades Union Congress organised the Scottish Workers' Representation Committee, which merged into the Labour Party in 1909, greatly increasing its presence in Scotland. By this time, the party's structure in the nation was complex, with constituency parties, and branches of affiliated parties, but no co-ordination at the national level. To provide this, a Scottish Advisory Council was founded in 1915, its first conference chaired by Keir Hardie.[22] This was later renamed as the Scottish Council of the Labour Party, then in 1994 as the "Scottish Labour Party".[21]

In the early years, the Scottish Council had little power, and its conference could only consider motions on Scottish matters until 1972. However, this allowed it to devote significant time to the question of Scottish devolution.[21] The Labour Party campaigned for the creation of a devolved Scottish Parliament as part of its wider policy of a devolved United Kingdom. In the late 1980s and 1990s it and its representatives participated in the Scottish Constitutional Convention with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Greens, trades unions and churches, and also campaigned for a "Yes-Yes" vote in the 1997 referendum.

1999–2007 coalition with Liberal Democrats

Donald Dewar led Labour's campaign for the first elections to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999. Labour won the most votes and seats, with 56 seats out of 129, a clear distance ahead of the second-placed Scottish National Party (SNP). Labour also won 53 of the 73 constituency seats. Labour entered government by forming a coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, with Dewar agreeing to their demand for the abolition of up-front tuition fees for university students as the price for a coalition deal. Dewar became the inaugural First Minister of Scotland.

Dewar died only a year later on 11 October 2000. A new first minister was elected in a ballot by Scottish Labour's MSPs and national executive members, because there was insufficient time to hold a full leadership election.[23] On 27 October, Henry McLeish was elected to succeed Dewar, defeating rival Jack McConnell. Labour's dominance of Scotland's Westminster seats continued in the 2001 general election, with a small loss of votes but no losses of seats.

McLeish resigned later that year amid a scandal involving allegations that he sub-let part of his tax-subsidised Westminster constituency office without it having been registered in the register of interests kept in the Parliamentary office. The press called the affair Officegate. Though McLeish could not have personally benefited financially from the oversight, he undertook to repay the £36,000 rental income, and resigned to allow the Scottish Labour Party a clean break to prepare for the 2003 Parliamentary elections. After McLeish's resignation, Jack McConnell quickly emerged as the only candidate, and was elected First Minister by the Parliament on 22 November 2001.

The coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats was narrowly re-elected at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election, with Labour losing 7 seats and the Liberal Democrats gaining 1. The SNP also lost seats, though other pro-independence parties made gains. Labour once again won the majority of seats in Scotland at the 2005 general election. The boundaries in Scotland were redrawn to reduce the number of Westminster constituencies in Scotland from 72 to 59. Labour had a notional loss of 5 seats and an actual loss of 15.

2007–2010: Opposition at Holyrood

Main article: 2007 Scottish Parliament election

At the start of the campaign for the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, Labour were behind the Scottish National Party (SNP) in most of the opinion polls. On 10 April, McConnell unveiled Scottish Labour's election manifesto, which included plans to scrap (?) bills for pensioners and reform Council Tax. The manifesto also proposed a large increase in public spending on education, which would allow for the school leaving age to be increased to 18 and reduce average class sizes to 19 pupils.

Labour lost 4 seats and fell narrowly behind the SNP, who won 47 seats to Labour's 46 seats. Labour still won the most constituencies, but the SNP made inroads. Both parties were well short of a majority in the parliament. SNP leader Alex Salmond was elected first minister with support from the Scottish Greens, defeating McConnell 49-46 while the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats abstained. Labour did take the most votes in the local elections on the same day but lost seats due to the introduction of proportional representation for local council elections. On 15 August 2007, McConnell announced his intention to resign as Scottish Labour leader. Wendy Alexander emerged as the only candidate to succeed him, and was installed as leader of the Labour group in the Scottish Parliament on 14 September 2007.

During a TV interview on 4 May 2008, Wendy Alexander performed a major U-turn on previous Scottish Labour policy by seeming to endorse a referendum on Scottish independence, despite previously refusing to support any referendum on the grounds that she did not support independence. During a further TV interview on 6 May 2008 she reiterated this commitment to a referendum and claimed that she had the full backing of current British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The following day, Gordon Brown denied this was Labour policy and that Wendy Alexander had been misrepresented during Prime Minister's Questions in Westminster. Despite this lack of backing, Wendy Alexander once again reiterated her commitment to a referendum during First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament.

On 28 June 2008, Wendy Alexander announced her resignation as Leader of Scottish Labour as a result of the pressure on her following the donation scandal. Cathy Jamieson subsequently became interim party leader. A month after, Labour lost a safe Westminster seat to the SNP in the Glasgow East by-election.

The 2008 Labour group leadership election was the first time Labour had elected its Scottish leader with the participation of its members, using a system similar to that used at the time by the UK-wide Labour Party (the system had been adopted in 2007, but no ballot had taken place as Alexander had been unopposed). The contenders were Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian, a former Enterprise Minister in the previous Labour Executive, Andy Kerr, MSP for East Kilbride and former Health Secretary in the previous administration, and Cathy Jamieson MSP, the acting party leader who had been deputy leader under Jack McConnell. On 13 September 2008, Iain Gray was elected leader and promised a "fresh start" for Labour in Scotland.

A few months later, Labour won the Glenrothes by-election in Fife. The result was considered a surprise, as there was speculation that the SNP could have won an upset similar to Glasgow East.[24] Labour fell behind the SNP in the 2009 European Parliament election. However, it easily won the Glasgow North East by-election later that year.

2010–2012: Re-evaluating position

In the 2010 United Kingdom general election on 6 May 2010, contrary to polls preceding the election, Labour consolidated their vote in Scotland, losing no seats (despite losing 91 seats across the rest of Britain) and regained Glasgow East from the SNP. This resulted in incumbent Scottish secretary Jim Murphy stating that the result provided an impetus for Scottish Labour to attempt to become "the biggest party in Holyrood" in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.[25]

Labour led the SNP in the polls for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election until the campaign began in March, at which point support for the SNP rallied. The SNP went on to win an unprecedented majority in the Scottish Parliament, a result that had been considered impossible under the proportional voting system. Labour had a net loss of 7 seats to the SNP. It also lost most of their constituency seats, although its share of the constituency vote declined by less than 1%. Labour's defeat was attributed to their campaign being directed mostly against the government in Westminster instead of the SNP.[26] Party leader Iain Gray, who held on to his own seat by only 151 votes, announced that he would be resigning with effect from later in the year. Eight weeks later, Labour easily retained a Westminster seat at the Inverclyde by-election. This suggests that Scottish Labour's disappointing performance in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election would not necessarily translate into support for its political opponents in other elections.

Following the 2011 Scottish election, Ed Miliband commissioned the Review of the Labour Party in Scotland of the future structure and operation of the Labour Party in Scotland, co-chaired by Jim Murphy MP and Sarah Boyack MSP. The review included a recommendation for a new post of Leader of the Scottish Labour Party to be created (previous Scottish Labour leaders had only been the leader of the Labour group in the Scottish Parliament). Others included more autonomy for the Scottish party and the reorganisation of members into branches based on Holyrood constituencies rather than Westminster constituencies. On 17 December 2011, Johann Lamont MSP was elected as leader and Anas Sarwar MP was elected as her deputy.

In the 2012 Scottish local elections, Labour were outpolled by the SNP. However, it gained votes and council seats and held its majorities on the councils of Glasgow and North Lanarkshire and regained control of Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.

2014 independence referendum and aftermath

Main article: 2014 Scottish independence referendum

For the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Scottish Labour joined with the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to form the pro-union Better Together campaign against Scottish independence. It was led by Alistair Darling, a former Labour minister. In addition, Scottish Labour ran its own pro-UK campaign United with Labour alongside, with the support of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[27] Anas Sarwar MP also led an unofficial organisation called the "2014 Truth Team", described by the party as "dedicated to cutting through the noise and delivering [...] facts on independence".[28]

In July 2012, a member of Scottish Labour started Labour for Independence, a rebel group of Labour supporters who back Yes Scotland in the campaign for Scottish independence.[29] The group was dismissed by the Scottish Labour leadership as lacking "real support" from within the party.[30]

The referendum was held on 18 September 2014 and resulted in a 55.3%–44.7% victory for the No side. However, many of Labour's traditional strongholds favoured the Yes side, notably including Glasgow.[31] The SNP had a surge in membership[32] and gained a wide lead over Labour in the opinion polls.[33][34]

On 24 October 2014, Johann Lamont announced her resignation as leader. She accused Labour's UK-wide leadership of undermining her attempts to reform the Scottish Labour Party and treating it "like a branch office of London."[35] The party's 2014 leadership election was won by Jim Murphy, an MP who had previously served as Secretary of State for Scotland and been a prominent campaigner for the pro-Union side in the referendum.[36] In his victory speech, Murphy said that his election marked a "fresh start" for Scottish Labour: "Scotland is changing and so too is Scottish Labour. I'm ambitious for our party because I'm ambitious for our country".[36][37] He also said that he planned to defeat the SNP in 2016, and that he would use the increased powers being devolved to Holyrood to end poverty and inequality. In her speech after being elected deputy leader, Kezia Dugdale said that the party's "focus has to be on the future – a Scottish Labour party that's fighting fit and fighting for our future".[36]

2015 – June 2017

Labour's poll ratings in Scotland did not reverse, and the party suffered a landslide defeat in the general election in May 2015, losing 40 of their 41 seats to the SNP. Many senior party figures were unseated, including Murphy himself (East Renfrewshire), Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander (Paisley and Renfrewshire South) and Shadow Scotland Secretary Margaret Curran (Glasgow East). Ian Murray (Edinburgh South) was the only MP re-elected. It was the first time since 1959 that the party hadn't won the most votes in Scotland at a general election.

On 16 May 2015, Jim Murphy resigned as leader effective 13 June 2015. Under normal circumstances, Deputy Leader Kezia Dugdale would become acting leader, but former Leader Iain Gray was appointed Acting Leader whilst a leadership and a deputy leadership election are being simultaneously held on account of Dugdale resigning as Deputy Leader to stand for Leader. Dugdale won the 2015 leadership election on 15 August 2015.

On 1 November 2015, Scottish Labour Party delegates backed a vote to scrap the UK's Trident nuclear missile system. The motion was supported by an overwhelming majority, in which both party members and unions voted 70% in favor of the motion.[38]

In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, Labour lost a third of its seats, dropping from 37 to 24. Labour got its lowest percentage of the vote in Scotland in 98 years with 23% and fell into 3rd place, a position it last occupied in Scotland in 1910, behind the Conservatives. The party also only won 3 constituency seats: holding onto the Dumbarton and East Lothian constituencies and gaining the Edinburgh Southern constituency from the SNP, losing eleven of its 2011 constituencies to the SNP and two to the Conservatives.

In the 2017 local elections, Labour's share of first preference votes fell from 31.4% to 20.2%, while it lost over 130 seats. This result meant the Party fell to third place in terms of both vote share and number of councillors. Labour also lost control of Glasgow and three other councils where it had a majority.[39]

At the beginning of the 2017 general election campaign, Labour's poll ratings fell to a historic low 13%, and were more than 15% behind the Conservatives in Scotland in some polls. However, towards the end of the campaign Labour's polling increased to levels around the 24% the party received in 2015. On election day itself, the party managed to improve on its 2015 result and received 27% of the Scottish vote in a surprisingly good night for the party nationwide, and picked up 6 seats from the SNP in traditionally Labour areas such as Coatbridge, Glasgow, Kirkcaldy, and Rutherglen, bringing its Scottish number of seats to 7. Despite the positive result for the party, Labour remained in third place in Scotland, behind the Conservatives on 29%, and the SNP on 37%.

August – November 2017: Kezia Dugdale's resignation and a new leadership election

On 29 August 2017, Kezia Dugdale resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.[40] Her deputy, Alex Rowley, took over as acting leader until 15 November, when he was suspended from Scottish Labour's parliamentary party while a probe into his conduct took place.[41] Jackie Baillie took over as acting leader until the conclusion of the leadership election. The election for a new leader of the Scottish Labour party took place between 11 September 2017 (when nominations opened) and 18 November 2017, when the new leader was announced.[42][43] Nominations for leadership candidates closed on 17 September. Anyone that wished to vote in the leadership election must have either been a member of the Scottish Labour Party, an 'affiliated supporter' (through being signed up as a Scottish Labour Party supporter through an affiliated organisation or union), or a 'registered supporter' (which requires signing up online and paying a one-off fee of £12) by 9 October. Voting opened on 27 October and closed at midday on 17 November.[44][45]

Richard Leonard won the leadership election with 56.7% of the vote and was elected as the leader of the Scottish Labour Party on 18 November.[46][47][48]

November 2017 – January 2021: Richard Leonard's leadership

On 12 December 2019, Scottish Labour returned to having only one seat in Westminster (Edinburgh South). Leonard resigned on 14 January 2021, triggering the 2021 Scottish Labour leadership election.

January 2021 – Anas Sarwar's leadership

On 27 February 2021, former Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar was elected as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, defeating rival Monica Lennon by 57.6% to 42.4% and promised to heal and unite the party.[49]

At the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, Scottish Labour lost a further 2 seats including the constituency seat of East Lothian, bringing their number of MSPs to 22, an all time low. They also recorded their worst performance on both the Constituency and List vote in terms of vote share, however it was better than had been predicted by many polls at the start of Sarwar's tenure as leader, some of which had predicted Labour to potentially fall to fourth place behind the Scottish Greens.[50]

Elected representatives (current)

House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom

Ian Murray - MP for Edinburgh South since 2010. Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 2015-2016 and since 2020

Scottish Parliament

Holyrood spokespeople

Members of the 6th Scottish Parliament (2021–)

Member of the Scottish Parliament Constituency or Region First elected Notes
Jackie Baillie Dumbarton 1999 Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party 2020–, Acting Leader of Scottish Labour 2014, 2017, 2021, Minister for Social Justice 2000–2001
Claire Baker Mid Scotland and Fife 2007
Neil Bibby West Scotland 2011 Chief Whip of the Scottish Labour Party 2014-2016
Sarah Boyack Lothian 1999 Member for Edinburgh Central 1999–2011, Lothian 2011–2016, 2019–, Minister for Transport and Planning from 1999 to 2001
Foysol Choudhury Lothian 2021
Katy Clark West Scotland 2021 MP for North Ayrshire and Arran 2005-2015
Rhoda Grant Highlands and Islands 1999 Member for Highlands and Islands 1999–2003, 2007–
Mark Griffin Central Scotland 2011
Daniel Johnson Edinburgh Southern 2016
Pam Duncan-Glancy Glasgow 2021 The first permanent wheelchair user elected to the Scottish Parliament
Monica Lennon Central Scotland 2016
Richard Leonard Central Scotland 2016 Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, 2017–2021
Michael Marra North East Scotland 2021
Pauline McNeill Glasgow 1999 Member for Glasgow Kelvin 1999–2011, Glasgow 2016–
Carol Mochan South Scotland 2021
Paul O'Kane West Scotland 2021
Alex Rowley Mid Scotland and Fife 2014 Member for Cowdenbeath 2014–2016, Acting Leader of Scottish Labour 2017, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party 2015–2017
Anas Sarwar Glasgow 2016 MP for Glasgow Central 2010–2015, Acting Leader of Scottish Labour 2014, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party 2011–2014, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party 2021—
Colin Smyth South Scotland 2016
Paul Sweeney Glasgow 2021 MP for Glasgow North East 2017-2019
Mercedes Villalba North East Scotland 2021
Martin Whitfield South Scotland 2021 MP for East Lothian, 2017-2019


House of Lords

No. Name Date Ennobled
1. Baroness Adams of Craigielea 2005
2. Lord Browne of Ladyton 2010
3. Baroness Bryan of Partick 2018
4. Lord Davidson of Glen Clova 2006
5. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock 2005
6. Lord Hughes of Woodside 1997
7. Lord MacKenzie of Culkein 1999
8. Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale 2010
9. Lord McAvoy 2010
10. Lord McNicol of West Kilbride 2018
11. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen 2000
12. Lord Reid of Cardowan 2010
13. Lord Stevenson of Balmacara 2010
14. Lord Watson of Invergowrie 1997
15. Baroness Young of Old Scone 1997
16. Lord Elder of Kirkcaldy 1999
17. Lord Irvine of Lairg 1987
18. Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws 1997
19. Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill 1995
20. Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale 1996
21. Lord Maxton of Blackwaterfoot 2004
22. Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke 1994
23. Lord Leitch of Oakley 2004
24. Lord Haughey of Hutchesontown 2013

Electoral performance

House of Commons

Red indicates the seats won by Labour at the 2019 general election.
Red indicates the seats won by Labour at the 2019 general election.
Election Scotland +/– Rank
% Seats
Jan 1910 5.1
2 / 70
Steady 3rd
Dec 1910 3.6
3 / 70
Increase 1 3rd
1918 22.9
6 / 71
Increase 3 4th
1922 32.2
29 / 71
Increase 23 1st
1923 35.9
34 / 71
Increase 5 1st
1924 41.1
26 / 71
Decrease 8 2nd
1929 42.3
36 / 71
Increase 10 1st
1931 32.6
7 / 71
Decrease 29 3rd
1935 36.8
20 / 71
Increase 13 2nd
1945 47.9
37 / 71
Increase 17 1st
1950 46.2
37 / 71
Steady 1st
1951 47.9
35 / 71
Decrease 2 2nd
1955 46.7
34 / 71
Decrease 1 2nd
1959 46.7
38 / 71
Increase 4 1st
1964 48.7
43 / 71
Increase 5 1st
1966 49.8
46 / 71
Increase 3 1st
1970 44.5
44 / 71
Decrease 2 1st
Feb 1974 36.6
40 / 71
Decrease 4 1st
Oct 1974 36.3
41 / 71
Increase 1 1st
1979 41.6
44 / 71
Increase 3 1st
1983 35.1
41 / 72
Decrease 3 1st
1987 42.4
50 / 72
Increase 9 1st
1992 39.0
49 / 72
Decrease 1 1st
1997 45.6
56 / 72
Increase 7 1st
2001 43.3
56 / 72
Steady 1st
2005 39.5
41 / 59
Decrease 15 1st
2010 42.0
41 / 59
Steady 1st
2015 24.3
1 / 59
Decrease 40 2nd
2017 27.1
7 / 59
Increase 6 3rd
2019 18.6
1 / 59
Decrease 6 4th

Scottish Parliament

Red indicates seats won by Labour at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.
Red indicates seats won by Labour at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.
Election Constituency Regional Total seats +/– Rank Government
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
1999 908,346 38.8
53 / 73
786,818 33.6
3 / 56
56 / 129
Steady 1st Lab–LD
2003 663,585 34.6
46 / 73
561,375 29.3
4 / 56
50 / 129
Decrease 6 Steady 1st Lab–LD
2007 648,374 32.1
37 / 73
595,415 29.2
9 / 56
46 / 129
Decrease 4 Decrease 2nd Opposition
2011 630,461 31.7
15 / 73
523,469 26.3
22 / 56
37 / 129
Decrease 9 Steady 2nd Opposition
2016 514,261 22.6
3 / 73
435,919 19.1
21 / 56
24 / 129
Decrease 13 Decrease 3rd Opposition
2021 584,392 21.6
2 / 73
485,819 17.9
20 / 56
22 / 129
Decrease 2 Steady 3rd Opposition

European Parliament

Note that the voting system changed from the 1999 election onwards.

Election Scotland +/–
% Seats
1979 33.0
2 / 8
1984 40.7
5 / 8
Increase 3
1989 41.9
7 / 8
Increase 2
1994 42.5
6 / 8
Decrease 1
1999 28.7
3 / 8
Decrease 3
2004 26.4
2 / 7
Decrease 1
2009 20.8
2 / 6
2014 25.9
2 / 6
2019 9.3[56]
0 / 6
Decrease 2

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