Members of the 2nd Scottish Parliament
1st Parliament (1999) 2nd Parliament (2003) 3rd Parliament (2007) 4th Parliament (2011)
This is a list of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) or, in Gaelic, Buill Pàrlamaid na h-Alba (BPnA) elected to the second Scottish Parliament at the 2003 election. Of the 129 members, 73 were elected from first past the post constituencies with a further 56 members being returned from eight regions, each electing seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation.
Composition of the Parliament
Party May 2003
• Scottish Labour Party 50 50 Scottish National Party 27 25 Scottish Conservative Party 18 17 • Scottish Liberal Democrats 17 17 Scottish Green Party 7 7 Scottish Socialist Party 6 4 Solidarity 0 2 Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party 1 1 Independents 3 5 Presiding Officer 0 1 Total 129 Total 129 Government Majority 6 5
Government coalition parties denoted with bullets (•)
- Note this is not the official seating plan of the Scottish Parliament.
MSPs by party
This is a list (sorted by party) of MSPs and party affiliations at the end of the session. For a list of MSPs elected in the 2003 election see here. The changes table below records all changes in party affiliation during the session.
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Members by constituency and region
Date Constituency/Region Gain Loss Note May 07, 2003 Ochil Presiding Officer SNP George Reid is elected as the Presiding Officer and had to take voluntary suspension from the SNP. July 10, 2004 West of Scotland Independent SNP Campbell Martin was expelled from the SNP after publicly criticizing the party leader. January 10, 2005 Mid Scotland and Fife Liberal Democrats Keith Raffan resigned from Parliament, citing reasons of ill health, although it has been indicated that there were irregularities with his claims for expenses. January 10, 2005 Mid Scotland and Fife Liberal Democrats Andrew Arbuckle replaces Keith Raffan as he was next on the Lib Dem regional list. June 17, 2005 South of Scotland Conservative David Mundell resigned from Parliament as he was elected to the UK Parliament. June 17, 2005 South of Scotland Conservative Derek Brownlee replaces David Mundell as he was next on the Conservative regional list. September 05, 2005 Glasgow Cathcart Labour Mike Watson resigned from Parliament pending his conviction for arson. September 05, 2005 Glasgow Cathcart Labour Charlie Gordon holds the seat vacated by Mike Watson at the by-election. November 08, 2005 Mid Scotland and Fife Independent Conservative Brian Monteith is expelled from his party after briefing against his party leader David McLetchie. March 21, 2006 Moray SNP Margaret Ewing dies in March 2006. April 7, 2006 North East Scotland SNP Richard Lochhead resigned to contest the Moray by-election after Margaret Ewing's death. April 7, 2006 Highlands and Islands Conservative Mary Scanlon resigned to contest the Moray by-election after Margaret Ewing's death. April 19, 2006 North East Scotland SNP Maureen Watt replaces Richard Lochhead as she was next on the SNP regional list. April 19, 2006 Highlands and Islands Conservative Dave Petrie replaces Mary Scanlon as he was next on the Conservative regional list. April 27, 2006 Moray SNP Richard Lochhead holds the seat vacated by Margaret Ewing at the by-election. September 03, 2006 Glasgow Solidarity Scottish Socialist Tommy Sheridan resigned from the SSP and formed Solidarity. September 03, 2006 South of Scotland Solidarity Scottish Socialist Rosemary Byrne resigned from the SSP and joined Solidarity.
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