The Scottish general election of 2003 was held on May 1 2003. The election saw the Labour government of Alex Wishart re-elected, although losing two seats and again falling short of an overall majority.

The election is notable due to the very poor result for the Reform Party, winning only 29 seats, its worst result since 1950. The election also saw an electoral breakthrough for the Socialist Party, winning 8 seats.

Party Leader Seats +/-
Labour Party Alex Wishart 94 -2
Reform Party - 29 -24
Liberal Party - 28 +5
Conservative Party - 21 +10
Socialist Party - 8 +5
Centre Party - 8 +6
Scottish Democrats - 6 +4
Green Party - 3 -3
Independents - 2 -2
Total - 199 -

Although it was obvious on election night that Labour would lead the next government, it was uncertain what form the government might take. On May 3rd Wishart announced that Labour would be entering into discussions with the Liberal Party about forming a government. This was finalised on May 6th into a formal coalition with the Liberal Party, with the Liberals receiving four seats in the new cabinet.

On May 20th 2003 Alex Wishart was re-elected Prime Minister with 127 votes in favour to 72 against.

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