Scottish Conservatives announce candidate rankings for last four Regional Lists in 2016 Scottish Election

The Holyrood list rankings for the four remaining regions of Scotland have been announced by the Scottish Conservatives today, 12th December 2015.

Ballot papers were sent out to tens of thousands of party members and people who had demonstrated support for the Scottish Conservatives across Scotland.

It means the regional list rankings have been decided entirely by a public vote, making the Scottish Conservatives’ selection system the most democratic in the country.

Yesterday, the rankings were announced for four regions, and that is followed today by the results for Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, Mid Scotland and Fife, and the North East.

They are as follows below.


  1. Adam Tomkins
  2. Annie Wells
  3. Sheila Mechan
  4. Kyle Thornton
  5. John Anderson
  6. Graham Hutchison
  7. Thomas Kerr
  8. Taylor Muir
  9. Thomas Haddow

Highlands and Islands

  1. Douglas Ross
  2. Edward Mountain
  3. Donald Cameron
  4. Jamie Halcro-Johnston
  5. Malcolm Mackay
  6. Struan Mackie
  7. Cameron Smith

Mid Scotland and Fife

  1. Murdo Fraser
  2. Liz Smith
  3. Dean Lockhart
  4. Alexander Stewart
  5. Huw Bell
  6. James Reekie
  7. Dave Dempsey
  8. Alex Stewart-Clark
  9. Martin Laidlaw

North East

  1. Alex Johnstone
  2. Alexander Burnett
  3. Ross Thomson
  4. Peter Chapman
  5. Liam Kerr
  6. Bill Bowman
  7. Nicola Ross
  8. Colin Clark
  9. Derek Wann
  10. Seb Leslie

Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson’s response

‘This has been the most democratic system any of the parties have used to rank candidates for the regional list.

‘We intend to make great progress in May, and the list vote is going to be vital for getting more Conservative MSPs into Holyrood.

‘Now voters can see where their vote will be going if they back the Scottish Conservatives.

‘We are the only real alternative to the SNP, and the only party serious about Scotland’s place at the heart of Britain.

‘I’m delighted we have such a talented group of candidates on our various regional lists.’


We note that the fist ranked candidate for Glasgow is Professor Adam Tomkins, the public law scholar who, until 2015, was constitutional advisor to the House of Lords Constitution Committee and who sat on the Smith Commission for the Scottish Conservatives, along with their former leader, Annabel Goldie.

He would be a formidable addition not only to the Conservative group at Holyrood but to the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Conservatives will also be cheered by the news today that the SNP branch in Dumfries and Galloway has been calling for help from party central, in fear of the resurgence in the Conservatives appeal in that pat of gthe world.

The SNP are defending their constituency candidate there – the famously flaky Joan McAlpine – and recognise that they have work to do.

For Argyll has said that there are really only two votes to cast in the 2016 Scottish Election:

  • for the SNP-  for all those who want to see Scottish Independence in the shortest possible time, regardless of the party’s multiple failures in government
  • for the Scottish Conservatives – for all those who recognise the democratic imperative of the strongest possible opposition to the SNP in the Scottish Parliament – and who want to see Scotland remain a member of the Union.

This reality puts the Conservatives in a strong position next May – and one they have the capacity to grasp.

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Related Articles & Comments

  • so Glasgow Universit will no longer be a laughing stock amongst constitutional lawyers.

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    Graeme McCormick December 12, 2015 6:09 pm Reply
    • Tsk tsk, since when has intellectual snobbery had a place in Scottish society?

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      John M December 12, 2015 11:53 pm Reply
    • Can you provide chapter and verse for this allegation?
      This is cheap slurry to which you really should not resort.
      Professor Tomkins was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Constitutional Committee – the sole body to engage in genuinely rigorous thinking and investigation on the constitutional consequences for the Union as a whole – including Scotland – of the scrambled Smith Commission, the following Scotland Bill and the problems outstanding both.
      The calibre of the expertise available from the committee’s Specialist Adviser was also referred to with respect by some other eminent scholars in giving their evidence – a matter to which we can testify from the first hand experience of hearing them doing so. One was Professor Iain McLean, Professor of Politics at Oxford University.
      Professor McLean was himself a member of the Independent Expert Group on Finance for the Calman Commission on Scottish Government from 2008-09; and a Specialist Adviser to the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons from 2002-05; and the Reform Committee of 2009.

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      newsroom December 13, 2015 1:55 pm Reply
  • Woofie Tank commander!

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    Hugh Jazz December 12, 2015 10:25 pm Reply
  • What a dreich pair topping the Mid Scotland and Fife area .

    It looks as if Argyll & Bute has lost out unless there are three Conservatives elected form the Highlands and Islands

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    Regularflyer December 13, 2015 9:45 am Reply
  • Woofie Tank Commander is bound for Stardom,perhaps in the Andromeda sector!!

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    Hugh Jazz December 13, 2015 5:34 pm Reply
  • Obviously no attempt at gender balance.

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    SAra Swann December 14, 2015 10:32 am Reply

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