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DEVOLVED ELECTIONS 2003
SCOTLAND AND WALES MAY 2003
The numbers of Scottish Liberal Democrat women stayed constant, while the Tories increased their female representation from 3 to 4. Lyndsay McIntosh, who had left the Conservatives to stand for the new Scottish Peoples Alliance, lost in Central Scotland to Tory newcomer Margaret Mitchell. As with Labour, the SNP lost more male incumbents than women so they have risen slightly to form 46 per cent of the Nationalists.
The minor parties were the main gainers of the Scottish
election. The Scottish Socialists increased their representation from
one to four MSPs, including two women (Rosie Kane and Carolyn Leckie),
and the Greens expanded to five, adding Shiona Baird and Eleanor Scott
to their ranks. The major upset of the evening was retired GP Jean Turners
ousting of a Labour incumbent, while former SNP veteran-turned-independent
Margo MacDonald placed third in the Lothians list and kept her place
in parliament. Dr Turner was one of several candidates who campaigned
against local hospital closures.
The only party to lose seats was Plaid Cymru, but just one of their defeated incumbents, Helen Mary Jones, was a woman, while Leanne Wood successfuly defended the partys South Wales Central seat. The Conservatives improved their overall standing and elected two women for the first time, Laura Jones and Lisa Francis, who had contested Meirionnydd Nant Conwy in 2001.
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