Scotland Results

Scottish Parliament Results
Party Scottish National Party Scottish Conservatives Scottish Labour Scottish Green Party Scottish Lib Dems Independent
Seats 63 31 24 6 5 0
Change −6 +16 −13 +4 - −1

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  1. Victory for the SNP with 63 seats - two short of a majority
  2. Conservatives are the second largest party on 31 seats - but Labour on 24 lost 13 seats
  3. Scottish Greens are the fourth largest party with six seats, ahead of the Lib Dems who won five
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Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

Scottish Parliament constituency Region - Highlands and Islands
Result: SNP HOLD


Party Candidates Votes % Net percentage change in seats


Scottish National Party

Candidates Gail Ross Votes 13,937 43.3% Net percentage change in seats −5.1


Scottish Lib Dems

Candidates Jamie Stone Votes 10,024 31.1% Net percentage change in seats +8.8


Scottish Conservatives

Candidates Struan Mackie Votes 4,912 15.3% Net percentage change in seats +5.0


Scottish Labour

Candidates Leah Franchetti Votes 3,334 10.4% Net percentage change in seats −8.7

Turnout and Majority

Scottish National Party Majority




Vote share

Party %
Scottish National Party 43.3
Scottish Lib Dems 31.1
Scottish Conservatives 15.3
Scottish Labour 10.4

Vote share change since 2011

Scottish Lib Dems
Scottish Conservatives
Scottish National Party
Scottish Labour

Constituency Profile

This is the northernmost constituency on the mainland, and covers a vast but sparsely populated area. Caithness is at the northern tip of the constituency, and is made up of farming and fishing communities around the two main towns of Thurso and Wick. John O'Groats attracts tourists to the area, while the mountains and moorland of Sutherland also bring considerable numbers of holidaymakers to the rugged but beautiful area.

The Easter Ross element of the seat is much the smaller in terms of area but is far more densely populated, including the town of Invergordon, home to many workers in the oil industry.

The former Westminster MP Bob Maclennan, represented three different parties for this seat - Labour, the SDP and then the Liberal Democrats. The Holyrood seat was represented by Lib Dem Jamie Stone from 1999 to 2011, when it was taken by Rob Gibson for the SNP.

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