Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

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    Line-up announced for Brexit evidence session

    Economists and leaders from the financial services, food and drink and higher-education sectors will give evidence to the European and External Relations Committee on Thursday.

    The committee is taking the unusual step of meeting during the parliamentary recess because of the implications of the referendum outcome, which saw Scotland vote 62% to remain. 

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    Line-up announced for Brexit evidence session

  • Pictured is Harry Benson's 1964 photograph titled 'Cassius Clay hits George' from the Harry Benson: Seeing Amercia exhibition. Image credit: Harry Benson, 1964

    Iconic photographs to go on display

    An exhibition featuring the work of one of the world’s most renowned photographers, Harry Benson CBE, is to go on display at the Scottish Parliament in August.

    The free exhibition, Harry Benson: Seeing America, will include some of the photographer’s most iconic images capturing significant moments in America’s social, political and cultural history over the last 50 years.

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    Iconic photographs to go on display

  • Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Mstyslav Chernov / Wikicommons

    Festival of Politics to discuss refugee crisis

    Globally in 2016 more people – over 60 million – have been displaced from their homes and countries by conflict, disaster and destitution than ever before. On Thursday 18 August, the Festival of Politics asks 'How should Scotland respond?'

    Book now to join the panel discussion at the Scottish Parliament.

    Book at www.festivalofpolitics.scot


    Festival of Politics to discuss refugee crisis


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Visiting the Parliament

Planning a visit to Holyrood?  Our Visiting the Parliament section includes opening times, details on guided tours and how to find us, and other useful information.

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How the Parliament Works

Find out how MSPs are elected, how committees work and how the Scottish Parliament makes laws.

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MSP pages

Every MSP's page contains details of their recent speeches, motions, questions and voting records.

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Our education section has games, help with coursework and lots more.

Education Programmes

Our education programmes are run for schools, colleges and other educational groups.

Educational Resources

Download resources for individual or classroom use.