The 2016 Scottish Parliament Election: a nationalist minority, a Conservative comeback and a Labour collapse

Anderson, P. (2016) The 2016 Scottish Parliament Election: a nationalist minority, a Conservative comeback and a Labour collapse. Regional & Federal Studies. ISSN 1359-7566.

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Abstract

This article examines the political context, campaign, election results and outcomes of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. The Scottish National Party (SNP) secured its third electoral victory, yet failed to achieve a widely predicted majority. With just 2 MSPs short of a majority, the SNP has ruled out any formal coalition with the opposition and will instead govern as a minority administration. The composition of the parliament’s opposition also significantly changed. The Scottish Conservatives increased their share of the constituency and regional votes, and became, for the first time, the largest opposition party in the chamber. Scottish Labour suffered a severe electoral drubbing, losing 13 of its seats. The election was also important for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Green Party. The latter increased its vote share and number of seats, leapfrogging the LibDems to become the fourth largest party in the chamber.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Paul Anderson
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2016 08:49
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14539

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