Scotland elects 59 of the 650 seats in the UK parliament at Westminster. The current seat distribution is;
- Conservative (13)
- SNP (35)
- Labour (7)
- Liberal Democrat (4)
The Conservatives were the largest party across the UK as a whole, and took office as government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland.
Most Recent Election
The most recent election to the UK parliament took place on the 8th of June 2017. There has been no change to the seats as elected.
Further detail is available on the dedicated 2017 election page.
Elections to the UK Parliament are conducted via First Past the Post (FPTP). Most voters will be familiar with how FPTP works. Scotland is divided into 59 constituencies each containing a roughly equal number of voters. Voters cast their ballot for a single candidate, and the candidate that wins the most votes wins the single seat available.
The current boundaries for the Scottish constituencies in the UK Parliament are shown below. Shetland is enjoying a trip southwards in the graphic, for the sake of visual clarity – note that it forms a single constituency together with Orkney.