Members of the 1st Scottish Parliament
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This is a list of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) or, in Gaelic, Buill Pàrlamaid na h-Alba (BPnA) elected to the first Scottish Parliament at the 1999 election. Of the 129 members 73 where 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 .
The 1999 election produced a hung parliament, with the Labour MSPs forming the largest minority. Consequently they formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats to form the first Scottish Executive. The Scottish National Party formed the official opposition.
Composition of the Parliament
Party May 1999
• Scottish Labour Party 56 55 Scottish National Party 35 34 Scottish Conservative Party 18 19 • Scottish Liberal Democrats 17 16 Scottish Green Party 1 1 Scottish Socialist Party 1 1 Independents 1 2 Presiding Officer 0 1 Total 129
Government coalition parties denoted with bullets (•)
This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 1st session of the Scottish Parliament at the time of its dissolution in April 2003.
- Note this is not the official seating plan of the Scottish Parliament.
MSPs by party
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MSP Party Constituency or region Notes Bill Butler Labour Glasgow Anniesland Elected at the Glasgow Anniesland by-election, 2000, November 23
Replaced Donald Dewar, who had been a Labour MSP
Donald Dewar had died suddenly on October 11, 2000
Brian Fitzpatrick Labour Strathkelvin and Bearsden Elected at the Strathkelvin and Bearsden by-election, 2001, June 7
(the same day as the United Kingdom general election of 2001)
Replaced Sam Galbraith, who had been a Labour MSP
Sam Galbraith had had a lung transplant many years previously, and his health was the reason given for his resignation
Murdo Fraser Conservative and Unionist Mid Scotland and Fife Replaced Nicholas Johnston
who had resigned due to ill health on August 10, 2001
Murdo Fraser was the next person on the Conservative and Unionist additional members list
John Scott Conservative and Unionist Ayr Elected at the Ayr by-election, 2000, March 16
Replaced Ian Welsh, who had been a Labour MSP
Ian Welsh had resigned from the parliament on December 21, 1999, citing his reasons as being a desire to spend more time with his family
Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party Banff and Buchan Elected at the Banff and Buchan by-election, 2001, June 7
(the same day as the United Kingdom general election of 2001)
Replaced Alex Salmond, who had been a Scottish National Party MSP
Alex Salmond was elected the same day as Member of Parliament for the House of Commons constituency of Banff and Buchan
Members by constituency and region
During the 1999 to 2003 period there were one death and three resignations amongst constituency MSPs, and replacement MSPs were elected in by-elections. Also there was one resignation amongst the additional member MSPs, with that MSP being replaced by the candidate who was next on the additional members list at the time of the 1999 election.
Date Constituency/Region Gain Loss Note March 31, 1999 Lothians Presiding Officer Liberal Democrats David Steel is elected as the Presiding Officer and had to take voluntary suspension from his party. December 21, 1999 Ayr Labour Ian Welsh resigns from Parliament, citing family reasons. March 16, 2001 Ayr Conservative John Scott wins the Ayr by-election. October 11, 1999 Glasgow Anniesland Labour Donald Dewar dies. November 23, 1999 Glasgow Anniesland Labour Bill Butler hold Dewar's seat at the by-election May 14, 2001 Banff and Buchan SNP Alex Salmond resigns from the Scottish Parliament to become SNP leader in the House of Commons at Westminster June 07, 2001 Banff and Buchan SNP Stewart Stevenson hold Salmond's seat at the by-election. May 01, 2002 Glasgow Independent SNP Dorothy-Grace Elder resigns from the SNP and sits as an Independent. January 28, 2003 Lothians Independent SNP Margo MacDonald is expelled from the SNP and sits as an Independent.
- Member of the Scottish Parliament
- Scottish Parliament Election, 1999
- Executive of the 1st Scottish Parliament
- Scottish Parliament
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