Leadership Election 2023

A leadership election is being held following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that she is standing down. We will have a new Party Leader on 27 March 2023.

The following candidates are nominated and will appear on the ballot paper. You can view their candidate profiles by clicking on the links below:


The ballot will open at 12h00 on 13 March.
The ballot will close at 12h00 on 27 March.

Members who are eligible to vote and have a registered email in the membership database will be sent an electronic ballot. Those without an email address will be sent a postal ballot.

A number of hustings events have been organised so that members had the opportunity to hear from the three candidates.

Recordings from the events are available below.

Central Scotland

Wednesday 1 March | Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld. Click here to watch.

Mid Scotland and Fife

Friday 3 March | Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Click here to watch.

Highlands and Islands

Saturday 4 March | Eden Court, Inverness. Click here to watch.

South Scotland

Monday 6 March | Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Click to watch.

West Scotland

Wednesday 8 March | Johnstone Town Hall, Johnstone. Click here to watch.


Friday 10 March | Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. Click here to watch.


Saturday 11 March | Strathclyde University, Glasgow. Click here to watch.

North East Scotland

Sunday 12 March | Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen. Click here to watch.

Instructions of how to vote has been sent to all eligible members.

The rules for the leadership election can be read here.