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: LD HOLD


Party Candidates Votes % Net percentage change in seats


Scottish Lib Dems

Candidates Liam McArthur Votes 7,096 67.4% Net percentage change in seats +31.6


Scottish National Party

Candidates Donna Heddle Votes 2,562 24.3% Net percentage change in seats −0.8


Scottish Conservatives

Candidates Jamie Halcro Johnston Votes 435 4.1% Net percentage change in seats −4.3


Scottish Labour

Candidates Gerry McGarvey Votes 304 2.9% Net percentage change in seats −2.7



Candidates Paul Dawson Votes 137 1.3% Net percentage change in seats +1.3

Turnout and Majority

Scottish Lib Dems Majority




Vote share

Party %
Scottish Lib Dems 67.4
Scottish National Party 24.3
Scottish Conservatives 4.1
Scottish Labour 2.9
Independent 1.3

Vote share change since 2011

Scottish Lib Dems
Scottish National Party
Scottish Labour
Scottish Conservatives

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Mark McDonald, Maureen Watt and Kevin Stewart

The Conservatives win Aberdeenshire West and four list MSPs on a good night in the north east for the SNP, with the Lib Dems holding Orkney and Shetland.

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Liam McArthur holds Orkney for Lib Dems

Liam McArthur was spokesperson on Education and Energy.

Liam McArthur holds Orkney for Lib Dems
Lib Dems

RESULT: Lib Dems hold Orkney Islands

Lib Dem hold

Re-elected Orkney MSP pays tribute to family and colleagues

Scottish Liberal Democrat Liam McArthur who has been re-elected in Orkney thanks those at the count for their efficiency. Mr McArthur says his own campaign team showed "phenomenal" energy and enthusiasm.

Speaking from Kirkwall he says this has been a "remarkable campaign". 

The turnout in Orkney was 62%.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Liam McArthur

Constituency Profile

The Orkney Islands is the UK's second most northerly seat and is separated from the Scottish mainland by a seven-mile stretch of the Pentland Firth. The seat consists of 70 islands, only 20 of which are inhabited. There are two main towns: Kirkwall, the capital and administrative centre; and Stromness. Both are on the largest island, which is known as "the mainland".

Besides the oil terminal at Flotta, the main industry in Orkney is farming, closely followed by tourism. The marine renewable sector is also a significant employer.

The Liberal Democrats and their forebears have held the Westminster seat of Orkney and Shetland since 1950. The former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Jim Wallace, represented Orkney in the Scottish Parliament, where he served as deputy first minister before standing down. The Lib Dems held on to the seat in the Holyrood poll in 2007, and again in 2011 when Liam McArthur was elected.

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