What was the result of the 2016 Scottish Parliament Elections?

The Scottish Parliament election, held on 5 May 2016, resulted in the SNP being the largest party with 63 MSPs, two short of an overall majority. The Conservatives were second with 31 MSPs, pushing Labour into third place with 24 MSPs. The Scottish Green Party with 6 MSPs overtook the Liberal Democrats who remain on 5 MSPs.

Election result (number of seats) by political party


The following figure shows the results by party in the constituency and regional vote.

Constituency and regional result by political party


This was the 5th election to the Scottish Parliament since devolution in 1999.  The figure below shows results by party compared with the previous Scottish parliament elections in 2011.

Result by Political Party, 2011 and 2016 elections (number of seats)

11 to 16

Turnout in the election was 55.6% in the constituency vote and 55.8% in the regional vote, up on the 2011 election, but down on both last year’s UK election (71.1%) and the Scottish independence referendum (84.6%). The following figure compares turnout to previous elections.

Comparative Turnouts (constituency, percentage)