Thursday, 17 September 2009

MSP Website Directory

The following is a list of MSPs with websites and a link to their site (as well as a list of those without websites/ those who have websites that haven't been updated for a year or the link is "under construction"). Hope it is useful. Let me know if I've missed any, or if you discover any more Twitterers... they're often interesting...

UPDATE - thanks to Haley for pointing out Dave Thompson's website, to Montague for pointing out Mike Russell's new-er site and to Holyrood Patter for Tavish Scott's Twitter...

They're also in the sidebar on the far-right of the page.

(101)MSPs with websites:
Brian Adam SNP ~ Aberdeen North
Wendy Alexander Lab ~ Paisley North
Alasdair Allan SNP ~ Western Isles
Claire Baker Lab ~ Mid Scotland and Fife (Twitter)
Richard Baker Lab ~ North East Scotland
Sarah Boyack Lab ~ Edinburgh Central
Ted Brocklebank Con ~ Mid Scotland and Fife
Keith Brown SNP ~ Ochil
Robert Brown LD ~ Glasgow
Derek Brownlee Con ~ South of Scotland
Bill Butler Lab ~ Glasgow Anniesland
Aileen Campbell SNP ~ South of Scotland
Malcolm Chisholm Lab ~ Edinburgh North and Leith
Cathie Craigie Lab ~ Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Bruce Crawford SNP ~ Stirling
Margaret Curran Lab ~ Glasgow Baillieston
Nigel Don SNP ~ North East Scotland
Bob Doris SNP ~ Glasgow
Helen Eadie Lab ~ Dunfermline East
Fergus Ewing SNP ~ Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Linda Fabiani SNP ~ Central Scotland
Patricia Ferguson Lab ~ Glasgow Maryhill
Alex Fergusson PO ~ Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Ross Finnie LD ~ West of Scotland
Joe FitzPatrick SNP ~ Dundee West
George Foulkes Lab ~ Lothians (Twitter)
Murdo Fraser Con ~ Mid Scotland and Fife
Kenneth Gibson SNP ~ Cunninghame North
Rob Gibson SNP ~ Highlands and Islands
Karen Gillon Lab ~ Clydesdale
Marlyn Glen Lab ~ North East Scotland (Twitter)
Charlie Gordon Lab ~ Glasgow Cathcart
Christine Grahame SNP ~ South of Scotland
Rhoda Grant Lab ~ Highlands and Islands
Iain Gray Lab ~ East Lothian
Robin Harper Green ~ Lothians
Christopher Harvie SNP ~ Mid Scotland and Fife
Patrick Harvie Green ~ Glasgow (Twitter)
Hugh Henry Lab ~ Paisley South
Jamie Hepburn SNP ~ Central Scotland
Jim Hume LD ~ South of Scotland (Twitter)
Fiona Hyslop SNP ~ Lothians
Adam Ingram SNP ~ South of Scotland
Cathy Jamieson Lab ~ Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Alex Johnstone Con ~ North East Scotland
James Kelly Lab ~ Glasgow Rutherglen
Bill Kidd SNP ~ Glasgow
Johann Lamont Lab ~ Glasgow Pollok (blog)
John Lamont Con ~ Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Kenny MacAskill SNP ~ Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Lewis Macdonald Lab ~ Aberdeen Central
Margo MacDonald Ind ~ Lothians
Ken Macintosh Lab ~ Eastwood
Paul Martin Lab ~ Glasgow Springburn
Michael Matheson SNP ~ Falkirk West
Stewart Maxwell SNP ~ West of Scotland
Liam McArthur LD ~ Orkney
Frank McAveety Lab ~ Glasgow Shettleston
Tom McCabe Lab ~ Hamilton South
Jack McConnell Lab ~ Motherwell and Wishaw
Jamie McGrigor Con ~ Highlands and Islands
Alison McInnes LD ~ North East Scotland
Ian McKee SNP ~ Lothians
Christina McKelvie SNP ~ Central Scotland
Anne McLaughlin SNP ~ Glasgow (Twitter)
David McLetchie Con ~ Edinburgh Pentlands
Stuart McMillan SNP ~ West of Scotland
Duncan McNeil Lab ~ Greenock and Inverclyde
Pauline McNeill Lab ~ Glasgow Kelvin
Nanette Milne Con ~ North East Scotland
Des McNulty Lab ~ Clydebank and Milngavie
Margaret Mitchell Con ~ Central Scotland
Mary Mulligan Lab ~ Linlithgow
Elaine Murray Lab ~ Dumfries (Twitter)
Alex Neil SNP ~ Central Scotland
John Park Lab ~ Mid Scotland and Fife (Twitter)
Gil Paterson SNP ~ West of Scotland
Peter Peacock Lab ~ Highlands and Islands
Cathy Peattie Lab ~ Falkirk East
Mike Pringle LD ~ Edinburgh South
Jeremy Purvis LD ~ Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Shona Robison SNP ~ Dundee East
Michael Russell SNP ~ South of Scotland
Mary Scanlon Con ~ Highlands and Islands
Tavish Scott LD ~ Shetland (Twitter)
Richard Simpson Lab ~ Mid Scotland and Fife
Elaine Smith Lab ~ Coatbridge and Chryston
Iain Smith LD ~ North East Fife
Margaret Smith LD ~ Edinburgh West
Stewart Stevenson SNP ~ Banff and Buchan
David Stewart Lab ~ Highlands and Islands
John Swinney SNP ~ North Tayside
Dave Thompson SNP ~ Highlands and Islands
Jim Tolson LD ~ Dunfermline West
Sandra White SNP ~ Glasgow
Karen Whitefield Lab ~ Airdrie and Shotts
David Whitton Lab ~ Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Bill Wilson SNP ~ West of Scotland
John Wilson SNP ~ Central Scotland (Twitter)

(28) MSPs with no website or real web presence:
Bill Aitken Con ~ Glasgow
Jackie Baillie Lab ~ Dumbarton
Rhona Brankin Lab ~ Midlothian
Gavin Brown Con ~ Lothians
Jackson Carlaw Con ~ West of Scotland
Willie Coffey SNP ~ Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Angela Constance SNP ~ Livingston
Trish Godman Lab ~ West Renfrewshire
Annabel Goldie Con ~ West of Scotland
Andy Kerr Lab ~ East Kilbride
Marilyn Livingstone Lab ~ Kirkcaldy
Richard Lochhead SNP ~ Moray
Tricia Marwick SNP ~ Central Fife
Jim Mather SNP ~ Argyll and Bute
Michael McMahon Lab ~ Hamilton North and Bellshill
Alasdair Morgan SNP ~ South of Scotland
John Farquhar Munro LD ~ Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Hugh O’Donnell LD ~ Central Scotland
Irene Oldfather Lab ~ Cunninghame South
Mike Rumbles LD ~ West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Alex Salmond SNP ~ Gordon
John Scott Con ~ Ayr
Elizabeth Smith Con ~ Mid Scotland and Fife
Nicol Stephen LD ~ Aberdeen South
Jamie Stone LD ~ Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Nicola Sturgeon SNP ~ Glasgow Govan
Maureen Watt SNP ~ North East Scotland
Andrew Welsh SNP ~ Angus

Depending if this is useful, I may do the same with Scottish MPs.


subrosa 17 September 2009 at 11:05  

I think that's most useful, thanks Malc. Amazing the number who can't be bothered to use the technology to make themselves available to their constituents.

Malc 17 September 2009 at 11:13  

I have a "friend" (no really!) who works for an MSP on the no-website list. They told me that it sometimes wasn't worth the hassle - a lot of work for little publicity/ aid to constituents etc. I don't know - I find them quite useful. Some are obviously better than others...

subrosa 17 September 2009 at 11:22  

Is that all they're interest in Malc - publicity?

I thought their jobs consisted of communication with their electorates. Silly me.

Malc 17 September 2009 at 11:43  

That's not what I meant Subrosa. I meant both really - as in, the best way to get information to constituents is through media.

Jeff 17 September 2009 at 12:47  

This is simply brilliant. Good job Malc. I wouldn't have thought there was so many though!

I can understand MSPs being too busy to have a website or a blog.

A few more Twitter accounts would be nice though...

Yousuf Hamid 17 September 2009 at 14:29  

I have to say I don't understand why a politician would not have a website. The only work is in the initial creation of it.

After this all you do is update it with news stories. Any constituency MSP worth his or her weight in salt will be going to events regularly and rnning campaigns for their constituents so just write them up.

It can be done by a member of staff and takes about half an hour a week.

Stuart Winton 17 September 2009 at 19:34  

Good stuff, Malc, but from the MSP's perspective I really don't think a website does much to raise their profile vis-a-vis the average voter, so I can understand why many don't bother, although as Yousuf alludes, updating the site would generally only entail posting their press releases via content management or mainstream blog software.

But to that extent it's a bit pointless visiting many of their sites because if they say anything of any interest it'll have no doubt been reported in the media.

And perhaps another criterion for inclusion on the list would have been how recently personal content has been updated. I mean, Shona Robo's hairstyle looks distincly yesteryear :0)

Bill 17 September 2009 at 23:19  

An excellent initiative. What I find interesting is the cross-party nature of both the 'haves' on the 'have-nots'. There are to me some suprising omissions (and indeed inclusions) in both groups.

Keeping a website (as distinct from a blog) requires time and effort, so I can understand some feeling this is not the most productive use of their time - however, I think that in future years such attitudes will increasingly count against them, given that having some kind of web presence is increasingly expected by many voters [specially amongst younger] voters], you know - those people who pay their salaries. I'll accept that some of the 'have-nots' may well do a lot of direct constituency work through regular 'surgeries', which may mean they are well-regarded despite their shunning of the web. A cross-referencing of one data-set against the other would be exceptionally interesting.

Holyrood Patter 18 September 2009 at 05:16  

whats dissapointing is MSPs with "blogs" that are just reprinted press releases. strange your friend thinks that malc, seems easy from here!
mike russells facebook is like a website, good updates

Malc 18 September 2009 at 08:37  


Yeah, I was going to give folks numbers on which parties' MSPs did and didn't have websites but figured if you were interested you'd work it out.

By all accounts, I think the SNP number is so high because a lot of those who "have not" are members of the government, and either don't have the time or direct people to the government sites.

Your cross-reference idea might be worthwhile, I may look into it. I know folk like Malcolm Chisholm (a "have") hold surgeries every Saturday... but I'm not sure about some of the others. Thanks for the idea.

Malc 18 September 2009 at 08:39  


Mike Russell used to have a great blog/ website where he shared ideas and photos pre- and immediately post-election. But he shut it down due to abusive comments. It is still up, but hasn't been added to for a couple of years.

As for Facebook, I was going to list those on there, but I wasn't sure whether some politicians wanted to be "friends" with their constituents or not...

Haley 18 September 2009 at 10:34  


Malc 18 September 2009 at 10:36  

Thanks Haley, don't know how I missed that!

Holyrood Patter 18 September 2009 at 16:31  


i dont knwo what your twitter criteria is seeing as its mainly links but just in case!

Montague Burton 19 September 2009 at 18:52  


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