Labour’s ban on standing for election both in a constituency and on the list has led to a real loss of talent amongst their MSPs, and it’ll be very tough for them to find a new leader who can become leader of the opposition with experience and charisma.
I haven’t found any survey of it anywhere, so I made my own, based on Wikipedia.
I presume a new leader will have to be no older than 55 (because they’ll have to try and become First Minister from 2016 to 2021), so they’ll have to have been born after 1956. They’ll also need to have been a MSP for at least four years. Finally, I suspect Labour will only accept a constituency MSP.
As far as I can tell, this cuts the list of potential new leaders down to the following (ruling out the current leader, Iain Gray):
The following I have ruled out because of age:
The following I have ruled out because they’re not constituency MSPs:
Finally, here are the newly elected list MSPs, most of which are completely unknown and don’t have Wikipedia pages: Jenny Marra, Siobhan McMahon, Neil Bibby, Mark Griffin, Margaret McCulloch, Drew Smith, Anne McTaggart, Kezia Dugdale, Neil Findlay, Claudia Beamish, Graeme Pearson, Mary Fee, Margaret McDougall and Hanzala Malik.