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

After 129 of 129 seats About these resultsResults in full

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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
  4. See the changing political map of Scotland
Result: SNP HOLD


Party Candidates Votes % Net percentage change in seats


Scottish National Party

Candidates Colin Beattie Votes 16,948 48.9% Net percentage change in seats +1.6


Scottish Labour

Candidates Bernard Harkins Votes 9,913 28.6% Net percentage change in seats −8.6


Scottish Conservatives

Candidates Jeremy Balfour Votes 6,267 18.1% Net percentage change in seats +9.5


Scottish Lib Dems

Candidates Jacquie Bell Votes 1,557 4.5% Net percentage change in seats +0.3

Turnout and Majority

Scottish National Party Majority




Vote share

Party %
Scottish National Party 48.9
Scottish Labour 28.6
Scottish Conservatives 18.1
Scottish Lib Dems 4.5

Vote share change since 2011

Scottish Conservatives
Scottish National Party
Scottish Lib Dems
Scottish Labour

Latest updates

RESULT: SNP hold Midlothian North and Musselburgh

SNP hold

Edinburgh Southern arrives...

Morag Kinniburgh

BBC Scotland

Boxes for Edinburgh Southern arrive at Ingliston...

Edinburgh Southern ballot boxes arrive

Cherry on top in Edinburgh?

Morag Kinniburgh

BBC Scotland

Joanna Cherry SNP MP (Edinburgh Southern & Western) says she's "cautiously optimistic" about Edinburgh Southern and thinks "it'll be close" in Edinburgh Central with so many strong candidates. She thinks Edinburgh Western has been "a tough fight for us with the Lib Dems throwing a lot at it". Overall, she feels the story of the night in Edinburgh could be the "falling away of Labour".

What time will a result be declared?

Based on the 2011 Holyrood election results, the estimated declaration time for this constituency is between 05:00 and 08:00.  

Ballot boxes opened in the capital

Morag Kinniburgh

BBC Scotland

Ballot boxes are being opened at Ingliston - this one's from Edinburgh Pentlands

Edinburgh Pentlands ballot box

Constituency Profile

The large East Lothian town of Musselburgh sits in this constituency and is about six miles east of the centre of Edinburgh and sits on the Firth of Forth coast. It is famous for its racecourse and its links golf course and the private Loretto boarding school.

The area was defined by coalfields and mining. While they have declined, new industries sprouted including electronics and crystal-glass manufacturing. Tourists travelling through the seat are attracted to sites such as Dalkeith Palace and the famous Rosslyn Chapel. Many workers also commute from the area into Edinburgh.

Labour’s Rhona Brankin won the seat at the Holyrood elections of 1999, 2003 and 2007. However, the constituency went to the SNP’s Colin Beattie in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

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