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

Who's who in the Scottish Parliament

What's the difference between the First Minister and the Presiding Officer? What are the SPCB and the Bureau? Find out about the people and groups involved in the Parliament and what they do.


First Minister (FM)

Nicola SturgeonNicola Sturgeon MSP is the elected FM, leader of the Scottish Government. 

The Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government are separate organisations.

The FM:

  • decides the priorities of the Scottish Government
  • promotes and represents Scotland at home and overseas
  • chooses (with the approval of the Parliament) cabinet secretaries and other ministers
  • chairs the Scottish Cabinet
  • nominates for appointment the Lord Advocate, Solicitor General and judges

Learn more about the First Minister

Learn more about the Scottish Cabinet