Scottish Parliament Election 2021

Scottish Parliament Election

An election will be held on 6 May 2021 to elect Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to the Scottish Parliament.

Notice of Election was published on Monday 15 March. Nominations open on Tuesday 16 March and close on Wednesday 31 March at 4pm.

You can find out further details by emailing [email protected].

Financial assistance for disabled people running in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Election

The Access to Elected Office Fund offers financial assistance to disabled people running in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election and in any by-elections for Local Authority and Scottish Parliament seats. The fund is delivered by Inclusion Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government. 

Find out more, see Access to Elected Office Fund (external link).

The Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Constituencies

There are currently 129 elected members in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, of which 73 are constituency members and 56 are Regional  members.

Scottish Parliamentary Elections use the Additional Member System where each voter has two votes. One of these elects a constituency MSP using the first past the post system, and the other elects regional representatives from a list of political parties and individual candidates.

Everyone in Scotland is represented by 8 MSPs:

  • One for their constituency (for example, Edinburgh Southern, Midlothian North and Musselburgh)
  • Seven for the larger region in which they live (for example, Lothian)

There are currently six Parliamentary Constituencies in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

You can currently vote to return a constituency MSP for:

Edinburgh Central

Edinburgh Eastern

Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Edinburgh Pentlands

Edinburgh Southern

Edinburgh Western

and Regional MSPs for the Lothian Region.

The Lothian Region comprises:

Almond Valley

Edinburgh Central

Edinburgh Eastern

Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Edinburgh Pentlands

Edinburgh Southern

Edinburgh Western

Linlithgow

Midlothian North and Musselburgh

Andrew Kerr is the Returning Officer for the six Edinburgh constituencies and is the Regional Returning Officer for the Lothian Region.

The next election will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Previous results

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