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Elections to the Scottish Parliament take place on Thursday 6th May 2021. We want to ensure the student voice is heard and represented in these elections.

To check eligibilty to vote in the election, click here.

To register to vote, click here.

The deadline for registering to vote in the election is 19th April (postal vote registration deadline is 5th April).

For further information on the Scottish Parliament and the work on MSP's, check out the details below.

Scottish Parliament's responsibilities

Responsibilities held by the Scottish Parliament are called ‘devolved matters’. They include: 

  • health 
  • education
  • training
  • local government
  • housing
  • tourism
  • economic development 

Who represents you in the Scottish Parliament?

The people who represent you in the Scottish Parliament are called Members of the Scottish Parliament, or MSPs for short. There are 129 elected MSPs and every person in Scotland is represented by eight of them. 

Each MSP looks after a particular area in Scotland. 73 MSPs are constituency MSPs, representing local areas. 56 are regional MSPs who look after a much bigger parliamentary area, known as a region. You are represented by one constituency MSP and seven regional MSPs.

Your MSPs divide their time between work at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and local work in the area they represent. You elect your MSPs every five years.

You can contact any of the MSPs who represent you to ask them questions about the issues that are important to you. You can speak over the phone, by email, or face to face when they hold an open meeting in your area. You can find their contact details on Scottish Parliament’s website (Opens in new window).

You can visit the Scottish Parliament website for information on visiting. You can also watch debates and committee meetings on Scottish Parliament TV. (Opens in new window)

MSPs' responsibilities

Your MSPs might: 

  • look at the work and policies of the Scottish Government to check that they are serving the people of Scotland
  • take issues forward on behalf of the people they represent
  • respond to letters and emails from local people
  • respond to an issue in their area by asking an official question in the Scottish Parliament 
  • hold regular open meetings with constituents to discuss the problems in their area, known as a surgery
  • debate issues
  • vote on changes in the law
  • sit on committees to look at issues in more detail


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