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SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY (SNP) LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS 1969-2014

 

1969 23 September
Annual conference ballot Votes %
Billy Wolfe 544 69.6
Arthur Donaldson * 238 30.4
     
     
1979 15 September
Annual conference ballot Votes %
Gordon Wilson 530 75.8
Stephen Maxwell 117 16.7
Willie MacRae 52 7.4
     
     
1990   22 September
Annual conference ballot Votes %
Alex Salmond 486 72.3
Margaret Ewing 186 27.7
     
     
2000 23 September
Annual conference ballot Votes %
John Swinney 547 67.1
Alex Neil 268 32.9
     
     
2003 27 September
Annual conference ballot Votes %
John Swinney * 577 83.9
Bill Wilson 111 16.1
     
     
2004 3 September
All-member ballot Votes %
Alex Salmond 4,952 75.8
Roseanna Cunningham 953 14.6
Mike Russell 631 9.7
Turnout: 79.2%    
     
     
2014 14 November
Nicola Sturgeon Declared leader after being only candidate to be nominated

 

Notes:
‘Leader’ is understood here as overall leader of the Scottish National Party. If the leader is an MSP, s/he is also automatically deemed leader of the SNP group in the Scottish parliament.
1990-2003: votes cast by delegates at SNP annual conference
2004: Postal ballot of individual party members using alternative-vote system
2014: OMOV ballot planned but only one candidate nominated. On 15 October 2014, Sturgeon was declared leader-elect but she was not confirmed in the post formally until 14 November 2014 at the SNP annual conference.
* Incumbent leader


Sources:
R. Deacon and A. Sandry, Devolution in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), p. 94; J. Robertson and K. Farquharson, ‘Swinney to stamp out SNP bickering’, Sunday Times, 24 September 2000; J. Quinn, ‘SNP leader fires warning at his rebels’, Sunday Mirror, 28 September 2003; H. Macdonell, ‘Salmond retakes SNP leadership by storm’ Scotsman, 4 September 2004; BBC, 'Nicola Sturgeon to become new SNP leader', BBC News, 15 October 2014.