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 - 148 Responses on “Europe Scotland”
  1. Very fearful of the referendum result. Already considering where I should move to in England when the Yes result rolls in.

  2. Simon- I’m not really surprised. When you are faced with such a huge, fundamental change like this, it’s not surprising that people are reassessing their priorities. Additionally, there is definitely a feeling within some in Scotland that, whilst they didn’t want it in 2014, independence is a foregone conclusion at some point. Why not do it now given the huge shock that’s occurred?

  3. NTY UK- try moving to any reasonably nice English city with decent employment and a cultural life. London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol etc. Your pro- EU views will also go down a lot better in these places too 🙂

  4. I’m thinking somewhere along the south and south-east coast, possibly London as well.

  5. Move to the People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove. Island of Labour-Green support in a sea of blue!

  6. On the prospect of Indyref2.

    Is it possible that the negotiations with the EU could result in Scotland remaining a part of it?
    In the Danish Realm (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands) Denmark is a member, but Greenland left in 1985 due to the Common Fisheries Policy. Is it not possible for the negotiations to result in Scotland remaining in with the Scottish Government paying for Scottish membership?
    Could Northern Ireland remaining in with the power-sharing executive paying for NI membership?
    I’ve been thinking about this since I saw how divided the country was yesterday. Is this possible?

  7. Greenland was effectively a colony of Denmark: an overseas territory. That is a very separate case which could apply to Gibraltar, but not to Scotland which is a devolved body. I do not believe it is possible.

  8. Technically EU law could still apply in Scotland as it is embedded in the Scotland Act and, by convention, the legislation can’t be amended without the approval of the Scottish Parliament – which, given its composition, may refuse consent on the grounds that Scotland wishes to remain in the EU and would want to be in the EU as an independent country. Whether that would be a sustainable or at all desirable state of affairs is hard to say.

    Gibraltar is also very interesting. Given the strength of the result there is a strong case for special arrangements being made. I don’t know how feasible that is though, especially as the population are (or at least up to now have been) as opposed to shared sovereignty between Spain and the UK as they are to Brexit.

  9. Come join us in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire. Scots and Yorkshiremen have more in common than either would ever admit.

  10. I think the UK would have to become more federal for it to happen. I do think it could happen though.

    It’ll be easier with Gibraltar I agree.

    If you voted Remain and you aren’t happy, move to the People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove or an independent Scotland.

  11. You know that Brighton is an economically successful, expensive, culturally interesting town? Not some socialist haven. People’s Republic applies far more to the ‘Leave’ hell holes in the north and Midlands.

  12. My uncle calls it the “People’s Republic” because of the independent, liberal spirit of most residents.

    He says he calls it that because of the GE results in Hove and Brighton, Pavilion compared to the rest of Sussex.

  13. Oh right, sorry. I thought you genuinely thought it was some backwards dump lol. Didn’t realise you knew people there.

  14. “I think the UK would have to become more federal for it to happen. I do think it could happen though.”

    It hasn’t happened yet, I doubt it will happen any time soon.

  15. Federal UK – a rational solution to the constitutional questions of the U.K., supported by Lib Dems and the more thoughtful Scottish unionists, and completely ignored by everyone else.

  16. I’ve argued for a Federal UK the moment I became interested in politics. How this takes form can be debated but it’s such a logical solution its actually painful how many complete morons (and yes I will describe them as such) oppose it over the most nonsensical of reasons. The UK is literally one of the most centralised countries in the world and imposing the will of some on others (the tyranny of the majority) is the most sure fire way to destroy unity in a nation which is ironically the very argument those opposed to Federalism often role out.

  17. “Federal UK – a rational solution to the constitutional questions of the U.K., supported by Lib Dems and the more thoughtful Scottish unionists, and completely ignored by everyone else.”

    Completely agree. Nobody cares. The SNP doesn’t want it because it threatens the argument for independence. The Tories don’t care, Labour don’t seem interested either.

  18. Sturgeon is a more canny politician than Salmond, so I can’t see a 2nd Scottish Referendum anytime soon. She wouldn’t want to lose her only chance in a lifetime, like he did.

    Even if the oil price rose, she had a majority and a UK Govt existed to allow one.

  19. Sunday Post opinion poll

    59% Yes
    32% No
    9% Don’t Know

    Forced choice: 65% Yes 35% No

    That’s it: Scotland is heading for the exit, I would get a bet on now if you’re smart.

  20. Those are the best figures EVER for the Yes side. Last time we had a similar poll for No was August 2013.

  21. What I find almost more worrying than the figures is the response of liberal unionists, many of whom seem on the basis of their initial reactions to think that EU membership should take priority over the Union.

  22. Yes I suspect this surge in Scottish nationalism is a short-term overreaction. However there will probably still be a net swing towards nationalism when things have settled down a bit and the EU ref is no longer so fresh in the mind.

  23. Yeah, agree with Polltroll. It’s probably a raw reaction that would fade over the course of a campaign, but hard to imagine some of the shift wouldn’t be lasting.

  24. What it boils down to is whether Scotland would rather be allied with England and Wales or 27 other European countries. It’s their choice but they would have to dislike England and Wales pretty strongly to choose the latter IMO.

  25. Lancs, Sturgeon is waiting to see if the poll swing to Independence will be sustained.

    I suspect it will be enough with even the Daily Record now backing UK exit in favour of staying in the EU.

  26. Andy, I don’t think like or dislike of England come into it. Its simply a matter of economic interest.

    We in England have chosen to vote against our own, we can’t expect Scots to do the same.

  27. Any independent Scotland would, of course, have to seek to join the EU – and remember that requires unanimity and Spain certainly wouldn’t agree to that, due to its own problems with separatists in 2 regions.

  28. Thats a fair point Lancs but the Spanish may well be pragmatic enough to use the issue as a stick to beat London with if we are not ‘flexible’ over Gibraltar sovereignty, which is in addition to them closing the land border as soon as they can get away with it.

  29. And it depends partly who is government in spain. Eventually a Spanish government will probably crack over catalonia.

  30. The Leave side won the referendum. The pro-UK parties are so disorganised here in Scotland, especially Labour. I think a vote to leave the United Kingdom is, to re-purpose Nicola Sturgeon’s own words, “highly likely”.

    Last time I knew there would be a No result, I even guessed 55-45, now I think the Yes side will win, they have the positive argument and a strengthened economic case.

  31. NTY UK – oil price?

  32. It would be naive to think fear-based campaigning is the way to win, just look at the EU referendum!!!

    @ Lancs – People in Scotland don’t seem to care, just like how many in England and Wales voted for Leave despite the clear cut economic case against it!

  33. But unlike stats and arguable consequences (although I disagree with your presupposition), the daily oil price is a fact any of them can look at.

    I’m pretty sure John Nicholson said on This Week that they’d be mad to hold another Ref while it was $50. Their figures were based on almost double that, 2 years ago.

  34. A second, much more sobering, opinion poll published tonight on Scottish independence by the Sunday Times/Panelbase giving the figures;
    52% YES
    48% NO

  35. Yes, Yes hasn’t risen above 45-48% over the past year, so I’d wait to see a poll in Sep/Oct.

  36. If this poll sets what is to come and trends are to be follow the No campaign should return to their polling average within 1 year assuming no independence referendum is held.

  37. It’s not a given Scotland will be accepted into the EU, so Scotland could be outside the UK and the EU

  38. Survation poll

    49% Yes
    42% No
    9% Don’t Know

  39. I think it’s equally possible that either things return close to the usual range, or that, if the result is protracted negotiations between the UK and the EU, and a right-wing Boris-led government, a sustained boost to support for independence. In that case I’m not sure Sturgeon would ever get a better opportunity. Additionally, if Labour’s civil war ends up being a long one, the case that it’s either independence or Borisland becomes that bit more compelling.

  40. I believe “yes’ would start ahead obviously but depending on the length of the referendum campaign, their lead could be cut.

  41. I agree with Simon, I believe the results will fizzle back to the consistent No lead enjoyed in the former half of 2016 across the period of 1 year.

    Factors which might disrupt this include a Boris government, the announcement of a second referendum and events surrounding Britain’s departure from the EU.

    Nicola Sturgeon will not have a better opportunity to make Scotland an independent state, unless the UK government are foolish enough to block her from holding a second referendum. She knows the popularity and unity she commands: and knows that if a second referendum fails she will have no choice but to resign as the First Minster of Scotland, which could result in a divided SNP leadership election between Angus Robertson, Stewart Hosie and John Swiney.

  42. (None of whom command quite as much respect as Nicola Sturgeon or Alex Salmond)

  43. I’m sure the EU will welcome Scotland with open arms. See the standing ovation that SNP MEP got today. It will be as much about punishing England as anything else.

  44. Agreed

    A major turn in the mood music today as well with much speculation about how we might not even leave the EU at all…either through a 2nd referendum or not invoking article 50, likely under the smokescreen of parliament not agreeing to do so. Heseltine would not have gone on TV to say such things without getting agreement from the very top.

  45. delusion

  46. HH- from the top of where (his mansion?) Hezza’s been on Newsnight and Question Time more than anyone except Shirley Williams over he years.

    That really is delusional wishful thinking. Surely you don’t actually believe that. Even Soubry isn’t voting with Lammy’s barmy army of SNP Europhiles. But at least she went outside to tell ‘the yoof’ that we have to accept the result even though it made her mother and children cry (apparently).

    The EU wouldn’t even meet Sturgeon.

  47. Because there’s no delusion on the Leave side. None whatsoever. Racist old ladies in Mansfield with no qualifications and sovereignty obsessed posh boys like Boris and Hannan can all find a compromise they are all totally happy with. Isn’t life grand.

  48. Indyref2 won’t happen

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