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Scottish Parliament general election, 2016
All 129 seats to the Scottish Parliament
65 Seats are needed for a majority
5 May 2016
First party Second party
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Leader Alex Salmond Johann Lamont
Party Scottish National Scottish Labour
Leader since 3 September 2004 17 December 2011
Leader's seat Aberdeenshire East Glasgow Pollok
Last election 69 seats, 44.0% 37 seats, 26.3%
Current seats 65 38
Seats Needed -- Increase 27

Third party Fourth party
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Leader Ruth Davidson Willie Rennie
Party Scottish Conservative Scottish Liberal Democrats
Leader since 4 November 2011 17 May 2011
Leader's seat Glasgow Mid Scotland and Fife
Last election 15 seats, 12.4% 5 seats, 5.2%
Current seats 15 5
Seats Needed Increase 50 Increase60
Incumbent F. M.
Alex Salmond
Scottish National Party
F. M.-elect
To Be Determined
To Be Determined

Current political situtation[]

A Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition holds a majority of the seats in the parliament, with Labour having 50 members and the Liberal Democrats having 17. The Scottish National Party is second-placed, with 25 seats. The Conservative Party holds 17 seats, the Scottish Green Party 7, the Scottish Socialist Party 6 and the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party 1. Independents hold 5 seats, in addition to the Presiding Officer, a non-partisan postion whose holder is suspended from membership in any party.

Changes to electoral system[]

Electronic vote counting will be used for the first time in this election, with the ballot papers being counted manually before being scanned. After this takes place, an overnight manual count will ensue, the results of which will be announced the following morning.


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