2021 Scottish Parliament election

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Event.png 2021 Scottish Parliament election  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date6 May 2021

The 2021 Scottish Parliament election will be held on 6 May 2021 under the provisions of the Scotland Act 1998.[1] All 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament will be elected in the sixth election since the parliament was re-established in 1999. The election campaign started on 25 March 2021, although Parliament will not be officially dissolved until 5 May, the day before the election.[2]

73 constituency and 56 list MSPs

The Scottish Parliament uses an Additional Members System (AMS), designed to produce approximate proportional representation for each region. There are 8 regions, each sub-divided into smaller constituencies. There are a total of 73 constituencies. Each constituency elects one MSP by the plurality (first past the post) system of election. Each of the 8 regions elects 7 additional MSPs on an AMS list system, making a total of 129 MSPs.

The boundaries of the 73 constituencies last changed as of the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, as did the configuration of the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament. These revisions were the outcome of the First Periodical Review of the Scottish Parliament's constituencies and regions conducted by the Boundary Commission for Scotland; the Review was announced on 3 July 2007 and the Commission published its final report on 26 May 2010.[3]

TV debates

The election campaign started on 25 March 2021. The Scottish Conservatives launched their campaign the same day, with a focus on promoting Scotland's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. BBC Scotland announced that it will broadcast two debates between the main party's leaders; the first will air on 30 March 2021 and will be moderated by the corporation's Scotland editor Sarah Smith, with a second to follow towards the end of the campaign.[4]


  • Scottish Labour Party led by Anas Sarwar MSP for Glasgow
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats led by Willie Rennie MSP for North East Fife
  • Reform UK led by Michelle Ballantyne MSP for South Scotland

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