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WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

The Scottish Parliament, first elected in May 1999, has seventy-three constituency members elected by first-past-the-post, and fifty-six chosen from party top-up lists to represent eight regions. These additional regional members (marked with * on Table 1) ensure that the parliament's party balance reflects the popular vote by giving extra seats to parties whose number of constituency seats is proportionately less than their share of votes. In the 1999 election, Labour used Twinning, whereby neighbouring constituency associations would each nominate one woman and one aman as candidates to increase the number of women. This has since been shelved. Of teh seven new Labour MSP's elected, only one was a woman. Overall the 2007 election saw female representation drop from 38.8% with 50 female MSP's in 2003 (in 2003 48 female MSPs were elected but two more women were elected during the second session of parliament) to 33.3% with 43 women MSPs in 2007. This can be explained in part by the demise of the socialist parties and the Greens. Former women members >>>>

Table 1: Current women MSPs (as at 11 March 2011)

Name

Party

Constituency or region

Dates

Goldie, Annabel

Conservative

West of Scotland *

1999-date

Mitchell, Margaret

Conservative

Central Scotland *

2003-date

Scanlon, Mary

Conservative

Highlands & Islands *

1999-date

Nanette Milne

Conservative

North East Scotland

2003-date

Smith, Elizabeth

Conservative

Mid Scotland & Fife *

2007-date

Alexander, Wendy

Labour

Paisley North

1999-date

Baillie, Jackie

Labour

Dumbarton

1999-date

Baker, Claire

Labour

Mid Scotland and Fife *

2007-date

Boyack, Sarah

Labour

Edinburgh Central

1999-date

Brankin, Rhona

Labour

Midlothian

1999-date

Craigie, Cathie

Labour

Cumbernauld & Kilsyth

1999-date

Curran, Margaret

Labour

Glasgow Baillieston

1999-date

Eadie, Helen

Labour

Dunfermline East

1999-date

Ferguson, Patricia

Labour

Glasgow Maryhill

1999-date

Gillon, Karen

Labour

Clydesdale

1999-date

Glen, Marlyn

Labour

North East Scotland *

2003-date

Godman, Trish

Labour

West Renfrewshire

1999-date

Rhoda Grant

Labour

Highlands & Islands *

2007-date

Jamieson, Cathy

Labour

Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley

1999-date

Lamont, Johann Labour Glasgow Pollok
1999-date

Livingstone, Marilyn

Labour

Kirkcaldy

1999-date

McNeill, Pauline

Labour

Glasgow Kelvin

1999-date

Mulligan, Mary

Labour

Linlithgow

1999-date

Murray, Elaine

Labour

Dumfries

1999-date

Oldfather, Irene

Labour

Cunninghame South

1999-date

Peattie, Cathy

Labour

Falkirk East

1999-date

Smith, Elaine

Labour

Coatbridge & Chryston

1999-date

Whitefield, Karen

Labour

Airdrie & Shotts

1999-date

Smith, Margaret

Liberal Democrat

Edinburgh West

1999-date

McInnes, Alison

Liberal Democrat

North East Scotland Region *

2007-date

Campbell, Aileen

SNP

South of Scotland *

2007-date

Constance, Angela

SNP

Livingston

2007-date

Cunningham, Roseanna

SNP

Perth

1999-date

Fabiani, Linda

SNP

Central Scotland *

1999-date

Grahame, Christine

SNP

South of Scotland *

1999-date

Hyslop, Fiona

SNP

Lothians *

1999-date

Marwick, Tricia

SNP

Mid-Scotland & Fife *

1999-date

McKelvie, Christina

SNP

Central Scotland *

2007-date

McLaughlin, Anne

SNP

Glasgow

2009-date

Robison, Shona

SNP

North East Scotland *

1999-date

Somerville, Shirley-Anne

SNP

Lothians *

2007-date

Sturgeon, Nicola

SNP

Glasgow *

1999-date

Watt, Maureen

SNP

North East Scotland *

2006-date

White, Sandra

SNP

Glasgow *

1999-date

MacDonald, Margo

Independent

Lothians *

1999-date

 Table 2: Scottish Parliament election results by gender and party, 2007

Party

Constituency women

Constituency men

Regional women

Regional men

% Women

Labour

20..

17

3

..6

50

SNP

5

..16

7

.19

25.5

Conservative

0

..4

5

8

29

Liberal Democrat

1

10

1

..4

12.5

Other

0

..0

1

..2

33

Total

260

47

17

39

33


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