Political Parties in Scotland

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Most political parties in Scotland can be put into two groups: Unionists and Nationalists. Nationalists want Scotland to become an independent country and to stop being part of the United Kingdom whereas Unionists want Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom.

Parties Currently Represented[change | edit source]

The following parties are parties represented at either the British House of Commons, the Scottish Parliament and/or the European Parliament.

Party UK House of Commons members out of 59 Scottish Parliament members out of 129 European Parliament members out of 6 Notes
Scottish National Party (SNP) 6 47 2 A centre-left party which promotes social democracy and Scottish Independence.
Scottish Labour Party 41 46 2 A centre-left party which promotes social democracy, democratic socialism and Scottish unionism.
Scottish Conservative Party 1 17 1 A centre-right party which promotes conservatism and strong British unionism.
Scottish Liberal Democrats 11 16 1 A centre-left party which promotes liberalism, progressivism, federalism and British unionism.
Scottish Green Party 0 2 0 A left-wing party which promotes environmentalism, socialism and Scottish Independence.


Parties formerly represented in the Scottish Parliament[change | edit source]

  • Solidarity - 2 Scottish Socialist MSPs changed parties in 2006 when this party was formed and lost their seats in 2007

Minor Parties in Scotland[change | edit source]

These are parties who contested the 2007 Scottish Parliament election but did not gain representation

  • British National Party (BNP) - A far-right UK-wide party which promotes policies of anti-immigration, right-wing populism, Euroscepticism and Third position economics.