The fourth Holyrood election was held on 5th May 2011. An SNP minority administration was replaced with Scotland’s first majority government, headed again by Alex Salmond. Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems all lost seats, and the Greens retained two MSPs (the seat variance below is on notional boundaries, not actual seats won in 2007).

Iain Gray went into the election as Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament, Annabel Goldie led the Tories’ campaign, and Tavish Scott led the Scottish Liberal Democrats. All three announced their resignations after the results were declared. The Scottish Greens’ co-convenors were Patrick Harvie and Eleanor Scott, who remained in place.

An alphabetical list of all constituencies is here, and links to regional pages are available below.

Parties Constituency Region Total
Votes % (+/-) Seats (+/-) Votes % (+/-) Seats (+/-) Seats (+/-) %
SNP 902,915 45.39 (+12.46) 53 (+32) 876,421 44.04 (+13.03) 16 (-9) 69 (+23) 53.5
Labour 630,461 31.69 (-0.45) 15 (-20) 523,559 26.31 (-2.85) 22 (+13) 37 (-7) 28.7
Conservative 276,652 13.91 (-2.69) 3 (-3) 245,967 12.36 (-1.55) 12 (-2) 15 (-5) 11.6
Liberal Democrats 157,714 7.93 (-8.25) 2 (-9) 103,472 5.20 (-6.10) 3 (-3) 5 (-12) 3.9
Scottish Greens - - - 87,060 4.38 (+0.33) 2 (+1) 2 (+1) 1.6
Independents (inc Margo Macdonald) 12,357 0.62 (-0.62) 0 22,306 1.12 (+0.08) 1 (±0) 1 (±0) 0.8
All Scotland Pensioners Party 1,618 0.08 (±0) 0 (±0) 33,253 1.67 (-0.23) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
UKIP 2,508 0.13 (+0.13) 0 (±0) 18,138 0.91 (+0.51) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Socialist Labour Party - - - 16,847 0.85 (+0.15) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Scottish Christian Party 1,193 0.06 (-0.17) 0 (±0) 16,466 0.83 (-0.47) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
BNP - - - 15,580 0.78 (-0.42) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Scottish Socialist Party - - - 8,272 0.42 (-0.21) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Respect - - - 6,972 0.35 (+0.35) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Scottish Unionist Party - - - 3,002 0.15 (-0.06) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Ban Bankers’ Bonuses Party - - - 2,968 0.15 (+0.15) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Solidarity - - - 2,837 0.14 (-1.38) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Liberal Party 436 0.02 (+0.02) 0 2,393 0.12 (+0.12) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Pirate Party UK - - - 1,431 0.07 (+0.07) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Christian Peoples Alliance - - - 1,191 0.06 (-0.66) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
NF 1,515 0.08 (+0.08) 0 640 0.03 (+0.03) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Scotland Homeland Party - - - 620 0.03 (+0.03) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Angus Independents 1,321 0.07 (+0.07) 0 471 0.02 (+0.02) 0 (±0) 0 (±0) 0.0
Land Party 276 0.01 (+0.01) 0 - - - 0 0.0
CPGB 256 0.01 (+0.01) 0 - - - 0 0.0
Total 1,989,222 100.00 73 1,991,051 100.00 56 129 100.0