Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament is in recess ahead of the election on 6 May.

Because of Covid-19, there are some changes to how the Parliament prepares for the election.

Find out more in our Election 2021 pages

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About the Scottish Parliament

History of the Scottish Parliament.


The Scottish Parliament re-established

The first elections for the Scottish Parliament were held on 6 May 1999. The first meeting of the Scottish Parliament took place on 12 May 1999.

On 1 July 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and received its full law-making powers. The Scottish Parliament normally met in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, until a new parliament building could be created.

Read Donald Dewar’s opening day speech (325KB pdf)