Members of the 1st Scottish Parliament

Members of the 1st 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 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
April 2003
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 (•)

Graphical representation

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.

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  • Note this is not the official seating plan of the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs by party

This is a list MSPs elected in the 1999 election, sorted by party. The changes table below records all changes in party affiliation during the session.


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Party Name Constituency or Region
Labour Party (56) Wendy Alexander Paisley North
Jackie Baillie Dumbarton
Scott Barrie Dunfermline West
Sarah Boyack Edinburgh Central
Rhona Brankin Midlothian
Malcolm Chisholm Edinburgh North and Leith
Cathie Craigie Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Margaret Curran Glasgow Baillieston
Susan Deacon Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Donald Dewar Glasgow Anniesland
Helen Eadie Dunfermline East
Patricia Ferguson Glasgow Maryhill
Sam Galbraith Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Patricia Godman West Renfrewshire
Rhoda Grant Highlands and Islands
Iain Gray Edinburgh Pentlands
Hugh Henry Paisley South
John Home Robertson East Lothian
Janis Hughes Glasgow Rutherglen
Gordon Jackson Glasgow Govan
Sylvia Jackson Stirling
Cathy Jamieson Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Margaret Jamieson Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Andy Kerr East Kilbride
Johann Lamont Glasgow Pollok
Marilyn Livingstone Kirkcaldy
Lewis Macdonald Aberdeen Central
Angus MacKay Edinburgh South
Kate Maclean Dundee West
Maureen Macmillan Highlands and Islands
Paul Martin Glasgow Springburn
John McAllion Dundee East
Frank McAveety Glasgow Shettleston
Tom McCabe Hamilton South
Jack McConnell Motherwell and Wishaw
Kenneth Macintosh Eastwood
Henry McLeish Central Fife
Michael McMahon Hamilton North and Bellshill
Duncan McNeil Greenock and Inverclyde
Pauline McNeill Glasgow Kelvin
Des McNulty Clydebank and Milngavie
Alasdair Morrison Western Isles
Bristow Muldoon Livingston
Mary Mulligan Linlithgow
Elaine Murray Dumfries
Irene Oldfather Cunninghame South
Peter Peacock Highlands and Islands
Cathy Peattie Falkirk East'
Richard Simpson Ochil
Elaine Smith Coatbridge and Chryston
Elaine Thomson Aberdeen North
Karen Turnbull Clydesdale
Mike Watson Glasgow Cathcart
Ian Welsh Ayr
Karen Whitefield Airdrie and Shotts
Allan Wilson Cunninghame North
Scottish National Party (35) Brian Adam North East Scotland
Colin Campbell West of Scotland
Bruce Crawford Mid Scotland and Fife
Christine Creech South of Scotland
Roseanna Cunningham Perth
Dorothy Grace Elder Glasgow
Fergus Ewing Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Margaret Ewing Moray
Winnie Ewing Highlands and Islands
Linda Fabiani Central Scotland
Kenneth Gibson Glasgow
Duncan Hamilton Highlands and Islands
Fiona Hyslop Lothians
Adam Ingram South of Scotland
Richard Lochhead North East Scotland
Kenneth MacAskill Lothians
Margo MacDonald Lothians
Tricia Marwick Mid Scotland and Fife
Michael Matheson Central Scotland
Irene McGugan North East Scotland
Fiona McLeod West of Scotland
Alasdair Morgan Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Alex Neil Central Scotland
Gil Paterson Central Scotland
Lloyd Quinan West of Scotland
George Reid Mid Scotland and Fife
Shona Robison North East Scotland
Michael Russell South of Scotland
Alex Salmond Banff and Buchan
Nicola Sturgeon Glasgow
John Swinney North Tayside
Kay Ullrich West of Scotland
Andrew Welsh Angus
Sandra White Glasgow
Andrew Wilson Central Scotland
Conservative Party (18)
Bill Aitken Glasgow
David Davidson North East Scotland
James Douglas-Hamilton Lothians
Alex Fergusson South of Scotland
Phil Gallie South of Scotland
Annabel Goldie West of Scotland
Keith Harding Mid Scotland and Fife
Nicholas Johnston Mid Scotland and Fife
Alex Johnstone North East Scotland
Jamie McGrigor Highlands and Islands
Lyndsay McIntosh Central Scotland
David McLetchie Lothians
Brian Monteith Mid Scotland and Fife
David Mundell South of Scotland
Mary Scanlon Highlands and Islands
Murray Tosh South of Scotland
Ben Wallace North East Scotland
John Young West of Scotland
Liberal Democrats (17) Robert Brown Glasgow
Ross Finnie West of Scotland
Donald Gorrie Central Scotland
Ian Jenkins Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
George Lyon Argyll and Bute
John Farquhar Munro Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Nora Radcliffe Gordon
Keith Raffan Mid Scotland and Fife
Euan Robson Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Mike Rumbles West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Tavish Scott Shetland
Margaret Smith Edinburgh West
Iain Smith North East Fife
David Steel Lothians
Nicol Stephen Aberdeen South
Jamie Stone Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Jim Wallace Orkney
Scottish Green Party (1) Robin Harper Lothians
Scottish Socialist Party (1) Tommy Sheridan Glasgow
Independent (1) Dennis Canavan Falkirk West

Replacement MSPs

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

Constituency members

Members of the Scottish Parliament
Constituency Name Party
Aberdeen Central Lewis Macdonald Labour Party
Aberdeen North Elaine Thomson Labour Party
Aberdeen South Nicol Stephen Liberal Democrats
Airdrie and Shotts Karen Whitefield Labour Party
Angus Andrew Welsh Scottish National Party
Argyll and Bute George Lyon Liberal Democrats
Ayr Ian Welsh Labour Party
Banff and Buchan Alex Salmond Scottish National Party
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Jamie Stone Liberal Democrats
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Cathy Jamieson Labour Party
Central Fife Henry McLeish Labour Party
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour Party
Clydesdale Karen Turnbull Labour Party
Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour Party
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Cathie Craigie Labour Party
Cunninghame North Allan Wilson Labour Party
Cunninghame South Irene Oldfather Labour Party
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour Party
Dumfries Elaine Murray Labour Party
Dundee East John McAllion Labour Party
Dundee West Kate Maclean Labour Party
Dunfermline East Helen Eadie Labour Party
Dunfermline West Scott Barrie Labour Party
East Kilbride Andy Kerr Labour Party
East Lothian John Home Robertson Labour Party
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour Party
Edinburgh Central Sarah Boyack Labour Party
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh Susan Deacon Labour Party
Edinburgh North and Leith Malcolm Chisholm Labour Party
Edinburgh Pentlands Iain Gray Labour Party
Edinburgh South Angus MacKay Labour Party
Edinburgh West Margaret Smith Liberal Democrats
Falkirk East Cathy Peattie Labour Party
Falkirk West Dennis Canavan Independent
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale Alasdair Morgan Scottish National Party
Glasgow Anniesland Donald Dewar Labour Party
Glasgow Baillieston Margaret Curran Labour Party
Glasgow Cathcart Mike Watson Labour Party
Glasgow Govan Gordon Jackson Labour Party
Glasgow Kelvin Pauline McNeill Labour Party
Glasgow Maryhill Patricia Ferguson Labour Party
Glasgow Pollok Johann Lamont Labour Party
Glasgow Rutherglen Janis Hughes Labour Party
Glasgow Shettleston Frank McAveety Labour Party
Glasgow Springburn Paul Martin Labour Party
Gordon Nora Radcliffe Liberal Democrats
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour Party
Hamilton North and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour Party
Hamilton South Tom McCabe Labour Party
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Margaret Jamieson Labour Party
Kirkcaldy Marilyn Livingstone Labour Party
Linlithgow Mary Mulligan Labour Party
Livingston Bristow Muldoon Labour Party
Midlothian Rhona Brankin Labour Party
Moray Margaret Ewing Scottish National Party
Motherwell and Wishaw Jack McConnell Labour Party
North East Fife Iain Smith Liberal Democrats
North Tayside John Swinney Scottish National Party
Ochil Richard Simpson Labour Party
Orkney Jim Wallace Liberal Democrats
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour Party
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour Party
Perth Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party
Ross, Skye and Inverness West John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrats
Roxburgh and Berwickshire Euan Robson Liberal Democrats
Shetland Tavish Scott Liberal Democrats
Stirling Sylvia Jackson Labour Party
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Sam Galbraith Labour Party
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale Ian Jenkins Liberal Democrats
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Mike Rumbles Liberal Democrats
Western Isles Alasdair Morrison Labour Party
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour Party

Regional members

Members of the Scottish Parliament
Region Name Party
Central Scotland Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party
Donald Gorrie Liberal Democrats
Michael Matheson Scottish National Party
Lyndsay McIntosh Conservative
Alex Neil Scottish National Party
Gil Paterson Scottish National Party
Andrew Wilson Scottish National Party
Glasgow Bill Aitken Conservative
Robert Brown Liberal Democrats
Dorothy Grace Elder Scottish National Party
Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party
Tommy Sheridan Scottish Socialist Party
Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party
Sandra White Scottish National Party
Highlands and Islands Winnie Ewing Scottish National Party
Rhoda Grant Labour Party
Duncan Hamilton Scottish National Party
Maureen Macmillan Labour Party
Jamie McGrigor Conservative
Peter Peacock Labour Party
Mary Scanlon Conservative
Lothians James Douglas-Hamilton Conservative
Robin Harper Scottish Green Party
Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party
Kenneth MacAskill Scottish National Party
Margo MacDonald Scottish National Party
David McLetchie Conservative
David Steel Presiding Officer
Mid Scotland and Fife Bruce Crawford Scottish National Party
Keith Harding Conservative
Nicholas Johnston Conservative
Tricia Marwick Scottish National Party
Brian Monteith Conservative
Keith Raffan Liberal Democrats
George Reid Scottish National Party
North East Scotland Brian Adam Scottish National Party
David Davidson Conservative
Alex Johnstone Conservative
Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party
Irene McGugan Scottish National Party
Shona Robison Scottish National Party
Ben Wallace Conservative
South of Scotland Christine Creech Scottish National Party
Alex Fergusson Conservative
Phil Gallie Conservative
Adam Ingram Scottish National Party
David Mundell Conservative
Michael Russell Scottish National Party
Murray Tosh Conservative
West of Scotland Colin Campbell Scottish National Party
Ross Finnie Liberal Democrats
Annabel Goldie Conservative
Fiona McLeod Scottish National Party
Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party
Kay Ullrich Scottish National Party
John Young Conservative


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.

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