Scotland European Region

2014 Election
2014 Results
1. Ian Hudghton (SNP) 389503 29% (-0.1%)
2. David Martin (Labour) 348219 25.9% (+5.1%)
3. Ian Duncan (Conservative) 231330 17.2% (+0.4%)
4. Alyn Smith (SNP) (194752)
5. Catherine Stihler (Labour) (174110)
6. David Coburn (UKIP) 140534 10.5% (+5.2%)
. (Scottish Green) 108305 8.1% (+0.8%)
. (Liberal Democrats) 95319 7.1% (-4.4%)
. (Britain First) 13639 1% (n/a)
. (BNP) 10216 0.8% (-1.7%)
. (No2EU) 6418 0.5% (-0.4%)
Current sitting MEPs
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Ian Hudghton (SNP) Former leader of Angus council. MEP for North-East Scotland 1998-1999, for Scotland since 1999.
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David Martin (Labour) Born 1954, Edinburgh. Educated at Libertson High School. Lothian regional councillor 1982-1984. MEP for Lothian 1984. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
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Ian Duncan (Conservative) Born in Alyth. Educated at Alyth High School and St Andrews University. Public affairs professional and former Scottish Parliamentary clerk. Contested Aberdeen South 2003 Scottish election. MEP for Scotland since 2014.
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Alyn Smith (SNP) Born 1973, Glasgow. Educated at Leeds and Heidelberg Universities. Commercial lawyer. MEP for Scotland since 2004.
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Catherine Stihler (Labour) Born 1973, Bellshill. Educated at Coltness High School and St Andrews University. Former researcher for Anne Begg. MEP for Scotland since 1999. Contested Angus 1997, Dunfermline and West Fife by-election 2006.
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David Coburn (UKIP) Born in Glasgow. Businessman. Contested Old Bexley and Sidcup 2010. MEP for Scotland since 2014.

Full candidates for the 2014 European election are here.

2009 Election
2009 Results
1. Ian Hudghton (SNP) 321007 29.1% (+9.4%)
2. David Martin (Labour) 229853 20.8% (-5.6%)
3. Struan Stevenson (Conservative) 185794 16.8% (-0.9%)
4. Alyn Smith (SNP) (160504)
5. George Lyon (Liberal Democrat) 127038 11.5% (-1.6%)
6. Catherine Stihler (Labour) (114927)
. (Scottish Green) 80442 7.3% (+0.5%)
. (UKIP) 57788 5.2% (-1.5%)
. (BNP) 27174 2.5% (+0.8%)
. (Socialist Labour) 22135 2% (n/a)
. (Christian) 16738 1.5% (n/a)
. (Scottish Socialist) 10404 0.9% (-4.3%)
. Duncan Robertson (Independent) 10189 0.9% (n/a)
. (No2EU) 9693 0.9% (n/a)
. (Jury Team) 6257 0.6% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Ian Hudghton (SNP) Former leader of Angus council. MEP for North-East Scotland 1998-1999, for Scotland since 1999.
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David Martin (Labour) Born 1954, Edinburgh. Educated at Libertson High School. Lothian regional councillor 1982-1984. MEP for Lothian 1984. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
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Struan Stevenson (Conservative) Born 1948, Ballantrae. Educated at West of Scotland Agricultural College. Formerly director of a family farmying and tourism company. Girvan councillor 1970-1974, Kyle and Carrick councillor 1972-1992. Contested Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 1987, Edinburgh South 1992, Dumfries 1997. North-East Scotland European by-election 1999. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
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Alyn Smith (SNP) Born 1973, Glasgow. Educated at Leeds and Heidelberg Universities. Commercial lawyer. MEP for Scotland since 2004.
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George Lyon (Liberal Democrat) Born 1956, Rothesay. Educated at Rothesay Academy. Farmer. MSP for Argyll and Bute 1999-2007. Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary business in the Scottish executive 2005-2007.
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Catherine Stihler (Labour) Born 1973, Bellshill. Educated at Coltness High School and St Andrews University. Former researcher for Anne Begg. MEP for Scotland since 1999. Contested Angus 1997, Dunfermline and West Fife by-election 2006.
Comments - 707 Responses on “Europe Scotland”
  1. “She also has flip flopped over the proposed reopening of schools (initially it was supposed to definitely be the start of the autumn term, now there are noises that it could be sooner).”

    Also the lazy media almost never mentions the fact that Scottish schools have a much earlier summer holiday, with school ending in late-June and re-starting in mid-August. So it obviously makes less sense for the Scots to reopen schools in early June just to close them 2-3 weeks later. Whereas in England a school opening on 1st June has 7 weeks of the summer term left.

    “Sturgeon to keep Scottish schools closed till the Autumn” is misleading, as mid-August wasn’t anywhere near being in Autumn the last time I checked.

  2. My cousin (who teaches at a secondary school in Glasgow) has now had confirmation that no children will be back in school before mid August (the start of the ‘autumn’ term). A relief for her and everyone else to get clarity on this.

  3. A recent Yougov (I think) poll has put Scottish independence at 54%, an all-time high.

    Such polling, if it continues, will make the democratic argument for a referendum unavoidable but simultaneously make the Westminster government even more reluctant to grant one.

    The saving grace from a unionist perspective may be that this is largely a reaction to Boris’s Covid incompetence, but that said crisis has also put a moratorium on the push for indyref2, and that by the time normal politics resumes, so may normal polling (ie narrow but stable unionist majority). But clear that the endless Tory victories are damaging to the union in the long term. Worth remembering that, at the time of the last referendum, there was a widespread assumption we were nine months away from Prime Minister Ed Miliband. That assumption will not hold at the next one.

  4. 54 ppl out of 100 is no good reason to try to overturn the recent referendum, which was described by the YES CAMPAIGN as ‘once in a lifetime’.

  5. I believe it was Panelbase and it was 54% after don’t knows were reallocated. My guess is that if the SNP are still riding high on pandemic unity that a Referendum will be in the manifesto next year. Assuming a nationalist majority is elected then we’ll see the Scottish Government take on Boris who has made it clear he’ll agree to no referendum. The next step probably will be for the SNP to call a referendum without tge consent of the British Parliament and the government will encourage abstention.

  6. The attitude of the EU will be crucial IMO.

    If they assure an independent Scotland that they will quickly accede into the EU umbrella then it will soothe many of the economic concerns (though having to join the Euro might be a sticking point).

    If such reassurance is not forthcoming, and Boris tries to convince the public that an independent Scotland won’t be allowed to use the pound, then vast swathes of the population will be worried that their salaries and pensions will be paid in valueless Scottish Groats. Given the collapsed oil market I can’t see Middle Scotland voting for independence in that scenario.

  7. I’m not convinced economic arguments have any real cut-through in these kinds of debates. Increasingly politics in the West seems to be about identifying who the Bad People are. Almost every political movement of the last five to ten years, whether it’s right-wing, left-wing or something else, fits this mould.

    For example, climate change is intrinsically a dry, technical issue – people who wish to avert it ought to be spending their time researching molten salt reactors and tradable carbon credits. Instead, it the cause has been rebranded as “climate justice” by Extinction Rebellion and similar groups, who have decided that climate change is caused by Bad People who do Bad Things, and therefore the way you defeat climate change is to replace them with Good People who do Good Things.

    The above framing is severely flawed, of course, but I’m getting off topic. The point is that it is an incredibly useful framing to Extinction Rebellion which has allowed them to gain much support, by diverting people’s pre-existing fears for the future onto a target they can attack, which is much easier than solving the underlying problem.

    Such a framing is also incredibly useful for the Scottish Independence movement. Conversations between nationalists and unionists seem to tonight past one another. Unionists fixate on GERS figures, and point out that Scots get almost £2k per capita per year more out of the Treasury than they put in; nationalists talk about how awful Boris Johnson is and how Scotland never voted for him.

    Both are right, but they are talking about different things. Obviously, me not being Scottish, it’s somewhat different, but given I’m a solutions person rather than a morality person, I suspect I’d be a unionist even if I’d been born in Scotland. But, increasingly, that is not the battleground that politics is fought on. Never forget how heavily the AV referendum was lost because campaigners turned the referendum question into “Do you like Nick Clegg?” If Sturgeon could similarly turn an indyref2 question into “Do you like Boris Johnson?” then the union is toast.

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