Scottish Parliament By-election: Shetland Islands

Voters go to the polls in a Scottish Parliament by-election at Shetland Islands on Thursday, August 29, following the resignation of sitting Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott, who is stepping down to take up a post with Scottish Rugby.

  • Nominations closed: Friday, July 26, at 1600.
  • Polling: Thursday, August 29, from 0700 to 2200.

The result is expected in the early hours of Friday, August 30, possibly around 2am but could be later if there are any recounts.
The by-election takes place in the first-past-the-post Shetland Islands seat. The Highlands & Islands regional proportional representation top-up seat is not affected.
For details of PA’s elections messages in XML format for digital products, please see the relevant advisories at Message Specifications.

Candidates

1. Shetland Islands

Brydon Goodlad (C)
Johan Adamson (Lab Co-op)
Beatrice Wishart (LD)
Tom Wills (SNP)
Debra Nicolson (Green)
Michael Stout (Ind)
Peter Tait (Ind)
Ryan Thomson (Ind)
Ian Scott (ND)
Stuart Martin (UKIP)

Eligible electorate: TBA

Nominations messages will be sent with candidates’ names and parties and a summary of the previous election result.

Party abbreviations

Conservative – C
Labour Co-operative – Lab Co-op
Liberal Democrat – LD
Scottish National Party – SNP
Green – Green
Independent – Ind
No Description – ND
UK Independence Party – UKIP

Results – content

As soon as the result is declared, a rush message will be sent giving the winning party.
Example text:

  • Lib Dem hold in Shetland Islands
  • [Party] gain from Lib Dem in Shetland Islands

This will be followed by the full result message.
This will give details of party hold or gain from another party, followed by candidates in votes order, giving their votes, percentage share, percentage share change since the 2016 Scottish Parliament general election, plus majority, percentage majority, swing from the 2016 election, turnout, percentage turnout and turnout percentage change since 2016.
The swing will be between the winning party and the losing party if the constituency changes hands and between first and second candidates where there is no change.
A summary of the previous election result and any intervening by-election results will be included.

If a result has to be corrected, a fresh full result message will be sent – marked as a correction in wire messages or with a higher version number in XML for digital. Where there is a change to a winning party, a rush correction will be sent in the same way.

May 2016 Scottish Parliament general election result

69 SHETLAND ISLANDS
LD hold
*Tavish Scott (LD) 7,440 (67.39%, +19.87%)
Danus Skene (SNP) 2,545 (23.05%, +10.98%)
Robina Barton (Lab) 651 (5.90%, -0.71%)
Cameron Smith (C) 405 (3.67%, +0.15%)
LD maj 4,895 (44.33%)
4.45% swing SNP to LD
Electorate 17,784; Turnout 11,041 (62.08%, +8.44%)
2011: LD maj 1,617 (17.22%) – Turnout 9,391 (53.65%)
Scott (LD) 4,462 (47.51%); Fox (Ind) 2,845 (30.29%); Urquhart (SNP)
1,134 (12.08%); Kerr (Lab) 620 (6.60%); Cross (C) 330 (3.51%)

XML Format for digital

Nominations messages with candidate details, rush messages with the winning party, and full result messages are provided in XML format for digital.
For details of messages in XML format, please see the relevant advisories at Message Specifications. As well as a detailed advisory on XML format, advisories include descriptions of specific XML messages and examples of historical and test XML (sets are provided in downloadable zip folders).

Wire formats

Nominations messages with candidate details will be catchlined ELECTION Nominations followed by the name of the election. Example:

  • ELECTION Nominations Shetland

The nominations message will be category-coded:

  • XTA for plain text (TTY)
  • XDA for data format.

Rush messages with the winning party will be catchlined POLL and a constituency reference followed by the constituency serial number, 1. Example:

  • POLL Shetland 1

The rush (in plain text) will be category-coded: XTJ
This will be followed by the full result message under the same catchline, POLL Shetland 1
The full result will be category-coded:

  • XTB for plain text (TTY)
  • XDB for data format.

Examples of a first-past-the-post constituency result in plain text (TTY) and data format – Hartlepool at the 2010 UK general election:

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Iain Wright (Lab) 16,267 (42.54%, -8.97%)
Alan Wright (C) 10,758 (28.13%, +16.68%)
Reg Clark (LD) 6,533 (17.08%, -13.32%)
Stephen Allison (UKIP) 2,682 (7.01%, +3.47%)
Ronnie Bage (BNP) 2,002 (5.24%)
Lab maj 5,509 (14.41%)
12.82% swing Lab to C
Electorate 68,923; Turnout 38,242 (55.49%, +3.96%)
2005: Lab maj 7,478 (21.10%) – Turnout 35,436 (51.52%)
Wright (Lab) 18,251 (51.50%); Dunn (LD) 10,773 (30.40%); Vigar (C)
4,058 (11.45%); Springer (UKIP) 1,256 (3.54%); Harrison (Soc Lab) 373
(1.05%); Ryder (Green) 288 (0.81%); Hobbs (Ind) 275 (0.78%);
Headbanger (Loony) 162 (0.46%)

{00}296} }HARTLEPOOL} }} }68,923} }38,242} }55.49} }+3.96} }} }} }
{02}Lab} }hold} }} }5,509} }14.41} }12.82} }C} }Lab
{03}*} }*} }} }Iain} }Wright} }Lab} }16,267} }42.54} }-8.97} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Alan} }Wright} }C} }10,758} }28.13} }+16.68} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Reg} }Clark} }LD} }6,533} }17.08} }-13.32} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Stephen} }Allison} }UKIP} }2,682} }7.01} }+3.47} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Ronnie} }Bage} }BNP} }2,002} }5.24} }} }} }
{06}G} }May} }2005} }Lab} }7,478} }21.10} }35,436} }51.52
{07}*} }Wright} }Lab} }18,251} }51.50
{07}} }Dunn} }LD} }10,773} }30.40
{07}} }Vigar} }C} }4,058} }11.45
{07}} }Springer} }UKIP} }1,256} }3.54
{07}} }Harrison} }Soc Lab} }373} }1.05
{07}} }Ryder} }Green} }288} }0.81
{07}} }Hobbs} }Ind} }275} }0.78
{07}} }Headbanger} }Loony} }162} }0.46

If a result has to be corrected, the catchline will be styled POLL Correction followed by the constituency name and serial number. Example: POLL Correction Shetland 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined POLL Correction Shetland 1.
Note that data format is an old specification used in the past for print. Although it is still supported, customers are encouraged to switch to using the XML version for print purposes instead.
Further information about wire formats can be found in the detailed document at https://election.pressassociation.com/Specifications/wire.php