Scots pairlamentary walin, 2007
The Scots pairlamentary walin, 2007, wis the thrid general election tae the devolved Scots Pairlament syne it wis creatit in 1999. It teuk place on Thuirsday 3 Mey. The Scottis Naitional Pairtie bore the gree in the election, winnin the maist seats o onie pairty (47 seats, tae 46 for Labour, the former governin pairty), but no eneuch tae form a majority govrenment or stable coalition, leadin tae the formation o an SNP minority govrenment.
Apairt frae the defeat o Labour bi the SNP, the election wis mairkit bi the faw in support for the smawer pairties: the Scots Socialist Pairty, Solidarity, an the Scottish Senior Ceetizen's Unity Pairty aw tint aw thair seats, while the Scots Green Pairty went frae haein seeven seats tae twa juist.
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The walin wis the first uisin consteituencies that arna identical tae consteituencies o the Hoose o Commons. Scots Wastmeinster consteituencies wis replaced wi a new set o consteituencies, fewer in number but for normal lairger, in 2005.
The Arbuthnott Commission reportit in Januar 2006, concernin the nummer o votin seestems an electoral divisions in Scotland, but there wisna be onie chynge tae the Halyeruid election seestem, cept as regairds uiss o vote-coonting machines an the design o the ballot paper, afore the 2007 walin.
O the major pairty leaders in the Scots Pairlament, juist the ane, Jack McConnell, o the Scots Labour Pairty focht the 2003 Scots Pairlamentary walin as leader. Nicol Stephen succeedit Jim Wallace as Depute First Meinister an Leader o the Scots Leiberal Democrats in Juin 2005, efter Wallace annoonced that he wadna be contestin the 2007 walin. Alex Salmond wis electit convener of the Scottis Naitional Pairty in 2004, wi his depute Nicola Sturgeon. Salmond haed led the SNP afore, atween 1990 an 2000, but demittit an wis replaced bi his preferred successor John Swinney, that led the pairty atween 2000 and 2004. Aifter Swinney's resignation in 2004, Salmond annoonced that he wad contest for the leadership aince mair, an he bore the gree in the ballot o SNP members in Juin 2004. Annabel Goldie wis electit leader o the Scottish Conservatives in November 2005 aifter the resignation o the incumbent David McLetchie on October 31, 2005 aifter a row aboot taxi expenses.
On the 10t September 2006 The Sunday Times Scotland publisht an opeinion poll  conductit bi YouGov. 1176 respondents wis interviewed atween 5-7 September 2006 . The survey foond that 44% wis in favour whan askit "If there were a referendum tomorrow on whether Scotland should become an independent country, separate from the rest of the United Kingdom, how would you be inclined to vote?" 42% wis agin, an 15% didna ken. 64% wis for giein the Scots Pairlament mair pouers, wi 19% disagreein.
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