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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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

About Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)


How to become an MSP

Anyone who is eligible can stand as an MSP.

Anyone who wants to become an MSP must be eligible to do so and submit a nomination form.

You can stand as a member of a political party, or as an independent candidate. Each party has its own internal process for choosing its candidates.

You have to be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • either a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union

You do not need to:

  • be a registered voter
  • have any specific qualifications

Find out more on The Electoral Commission’s website.