6th Scottish Parliament
5th Scottish Parliament 7th Scottish Parliament
SPCB - Public entrance at the Scottish Parliament.jpg
Overview
Legislative bodyScottish Parliament
JurisdictionScotland
Meeting placeScottish Parliament Building
Term13 May 2021 –
Election2021
GovernmentThird Sturgeon government
Members129
Presiding OfficerAlison Johnstone
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
Deputy First MinisterJohn Swinney
Leader of the OppositionDouglas Ross
Sessions
1st13 May 2021 –

The 6th Scottish Parliament was elected at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.[1] It was opened with the Escort to the Crown of Scotland Parade and Speech from the Throne on 2 October 2021.

The Queen speaking at the opening ceremony
The Queen speaking at the opening ceremony

Composition

Party May 2021
election
Currently
Scottish National Party 64 64
Scottish Conservatives 31 31
Scottish Labour 22 22
Scottish Greens 8 7
Scottish Liberal Democrats 4 4
Presiding Officer 0 1
Total 129
Government majority 0 14

Government parties denoted with bullets (•)

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Leadership

Government

Main article: Scottish cabinet

Opposition

Main article: Opposition Shadow Cabinets of the Scottish Parliament

Main article: First Minister's Questions (Scottish Parliament)

  1. ^ Johnstone was elected as Green MSP but relinquished her membership in order to take the office of Presiding Officer.
  2. ^ There is no official opposition or opposition leader, but Ross is the leader of the largest party not in government.

List of MSPs

This is a list of MSPs so far elected.[2] The changes table below records all changes in party affiliation during the session, since the May 2021 election.

There are eight MSPs who have been constant members since the inauguration of the Parliament in 1999 (ten other founding members retired prior to the 2021 election): Jackie Baillie, Fergus Ewing and John Swinney have been elected six times under the same constituency (Swinney's was renamed with different boundaries in 2011); Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison and Nicola Sturgeon were returned as a list member then a constituency member. A ninth MSP Richard Lochhead has served almost the same term, resigning his list seat in 2006 to successfully contest a by-election a few weeks later for a constituency seat, which he has defended since then.[3]

Name Image Member for Type Party
George Adam
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Paisley Constituency Scottish National Party
Karen Adam
Karen Adam MSP.jpg
Banffshire and Buchan Coast Constituency Scottish National Party
Clare Adamson
Clare Adamson MSP.jpg
Motherwell and Wishaw Constituency Scottish National Party
Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan MSP.jpg
Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency Scottish National Party
Tom Arthur
Tom Arthur (cropped).jpg
Renfrewshire South Constituency Scottish National Party
Jackie Baillie
Jackie Baillie MSP.jpg
Dumbarton Constituency Scottish Labour
Claire Baker
Claire Baker MSP.jpg
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Labour
Jeremy Balfour
Jeremy Ross Balfour MSP.jpg
Lothian Regional Scottish Conservatives
Colin Beattie
Colin Beattie, MSP.jpg
Midlothian North and Musselburgh Constituency Scottish National Party
Neil Bibby
Neil Bibby MSP.jpg
West Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Sarah Boyack
Sarah Boyack MSP, 2019.jpg
Lothian Regional Scottish Labour
Miles Briggs
MilesBriggsMSP.jpg
Lothian Regional Scottish Conservatives
Keith Brown
Cabinet Secretary, Keith Brown.jpg
Clackmannanshire and Dunblane Constituency Scottish National Party
Siobhian Brown
Siobhian Brown MSP.jpg
Ayr Constituency Scottish National Party
Ariane Burgess
Ariane Burgess MSP.jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Greens
Alexander Burnett
Alexander Burnett MSP.jpg
Aberdeenshire West Constituency Scottish Conservatives
Stephanie Callaghan
Stephanie Callaghan MSP.jpg
Uddingston and Bellshill Constituency Scottish National Party
Donald Cameron
DonaldCameronMSP.jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservatives
Jackson Carlaw
Jackson Carlaw MSP.jpg
Eastwood Constituency Scottish Conservatives
Finlay Carson
Finlay Carson MSP.jpg
Galloway and West Dumfries Constituency Scottish Conservatives
Maggie Chapman
Maggie Chapman MSP.jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Greens
Foysol Choudhury
Foysol Choudhury MSP.jpg
Lothian Regional Scottish Labour
Katy Clark
Katy Clark MSP.jpg
West Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Willie Coffey
WillieCoffeyMSP20120523.jpg
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Constituency Scottish National Party
Alex Cole-Hamilton
Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP.jpg
Edinburgh Western Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Angela Constance
Minister for Drugs Policy, Angela Constance.jpg
Almond Valley Constituency Scottish National Party
Ash Denham
Ash Denham MSP.jpg
Edinburgh Eastern Constituency Scottish National Party
Graeme Dey
Graeme Dey MSP.jpg
Angus South Constituency Scottish National Party
Natalie Don
Natalie Don MSP.jpg
Renfrewshire North and West Constituency Scottish National Party
Bob Doris
Bob Doris MSP.jpg
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Constituency Scottish National Party
James Dornan
James Dornan MSP.jpg
Glasgow Cathcart Constituency Scottish National Party
Sharon Dowey
Sharon Dowey MSP.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Jackie Dunbar
Jackie Dunbar MSP.jpg
Aberdeen Donside Constituency Scottish National Party
Pam Duncan-Glancy
Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP.jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour
Annabelle Ewing
Annabelle Ewing MSP.jpg
Cowdenbeath Constituency Scottish National Party
Fergus Ewing
Fergus Ewing MSP.jpg
Inverness and Nairn Constituency Scottish National Party
Jim Fairlie
Jim Fairlie MSP.jpg
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire Constituency Scottish National Party
Russell Findlay
Official portrait of Russell Findlay MSP (cropped).jpg
West Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Joe FitzPatrick
Official portrait of Joe FitzPatrick MSP (cropped).jpg
Dundee City West Constituency Scottish National Party
Kate Forbes
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes, 2021.jpg
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Constituency Scottish National Party
Murdo Fraser
Official portrait of Murdo Fraser MSP (cropped).jpg
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservatives
Meghan Gallacher
Official portrait of Meghan Gallacher MSP (cropped).jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Kenneth Gibson
Official portrait of Kenneth Gibson MSP (cropped).jpg
Cunninghame North Constituency Scottish National Party
Jenny Gilruth
Jenny Gilruth MSP.jpg
Mid Fife and Glenrothes Constituency Scottish National Party
Maurice Golden
Official portrait of Maurice Golden MSP (cropped).jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Pam Gosal
Official portrait of Pam Gosal MSP (cropped).jpg
West Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Mairi Gougeon
Cabinet Secretary, Mairi Gougeon.jpg
Angus North and Mearns Constituency Scottish National Party
Christine Grahame
Official portrait of Christine Grahame MSP (cropped).jpg
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Constituency Scottish National Party
Rhoda Grant
Official Portrait of Rhoda Grant MSP (cropped).jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Labour
Neil Gray
Official portrait of Neil Gray MSP (cropped).jpg
Airdrie and Shotts Constituency Scottish National Party
Jamie Greene
JamieGreeneMSP.jpg
West Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Ross Greer
RossGreerMSP.JPG
West Scotland Regional Scottish Greens
Mark Griffin
Mark-Griffin-MSP-closeup.jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Sandesh Gulhane
Sandesh Gulhane 2021.jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Conservatives
Jamie Halcro Johnston
JamieHalcroJohnstonMSP.jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservatives
Rachael Hamilton
RachaelHamiltonMSP.jpg
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Constituency Scottish Conservatives
Emma Harper
EmmaHarperMSP-May2016.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish National Party
Patrick Harvie
PatrickHavieMSP2013 (cropped).jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Greens
Clare Haughey
Clare Haughey MSP.jpg
Rutherglen Constituency Scottish National Party
Jamie Hepburn
Jamie Hepburn MSP.jpg
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Constituency Scottish National Party
Craig Hoy
Craig Hoy 2021.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Fiona Hyslop
FionaHyslopMSP20110511.JPG
Linlithgow Constituency Scottish National Party
Daniel Johnson
David Johnson MSP.jpg
Edinburgh Southern Constituency Scottish Labour
Alison Johnstone
Official Portrait of Alison Johnstone MSP.jpg
Lothian Regional Presiding Officer
Liam Kerr
Liam Kerr MSP.jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Stephen Kerr
Stephen Kerr MP - official photo 2017.jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Bill Kidd
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Glasgow Anniesland Constituency Scottish National Party
Monica Lennon
MonicaLennonMSP.jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Richard Leonard
RichardLeonardMSP.jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Richard Lochhead
Richard Lochhead 2021.jpg
Moray Constituency Scottish National Party
Dean Lockhart
DeanLockhartMSP.jpg
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservatives
Douglas Lumsden
Douglas Lumsden 2021.jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Gordon MacDonald
GordonMacDonaldMSP20120529.jpg
Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency Scottish National Party
Fulton MacGregor
Fulton MacGregor MSP.jpg
Coatbridge and Chryston Constituency Scottish National Party
Gillian Mackay
Gillian Mackay 2021.jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Greens
Rona Mackay
Rona Mackay MSP.jpg
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Constituency Scottish National Party
Ben Macpherson
Ben MacPherson MSP.jpg
Edinburgh Northern and Leith Constituency Scottish National Party
Ruth Maguire
RuthMaguireMSP-Nov2016.jpg
Cunninghame South Constituency Scottish National Party
Michael Marra
Michael Marra 2021.jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Gillian Martin
GillianMartinMSP-May2016.jpg
Aberdeenshire East Constituency Scottish National Party
John Mason
JohnMasonMSP20110509.JPG
Glasgow Shettleston Constituency Scottish National Party
Michael Matheson
Cabinet Secretary, Michael Matheson.jpg
Falkirk West Constituency Scottish National Party
Màiri McAllan
Mairi McAllan MSP.jpg
Clydesdale Constituency Scottish National Party
Liam McArthur
Official Portrait of Liam McArthur MSP.jpg
Orkney Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Ivan McKee
Ivan McKee MSP.jpg
Glasgow Provan Constituency Scottish National Party
Christina McKelvie
Christina McKelvie MSP.jpg
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Constituency Scottish National Party
Paul McLennan
Paul McLennan 2021.jpg
East Lothian Constituency Scottish National Party
Stuart McMillan
StuartMcMillanMSP20110510.JPG
Greenock and Inverclyde Constituency Scottish National Party
Marie McNair
Marie McNair 2021.jpg
Clydebank and Milngavie Constituency Scottish National Party
Pauline McNeill
Pauline McNeill.jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour
Jenni Minto
Jenni Minto 2021.jpg
Argyll and Bute Constituency Scottish National Party
Carol Mochan
Carol Mochan MSP.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Sir Edward Mountain
Official Portrait of Edward Mountain MSP.jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservatives
Oliver Mundell
Oliver Mundell 2016 (cropped).jpg
Dumfriesshire Constituency Scottish Conservatives
Audrey Nicoll
Audrey Nicoll 2021.jpg
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine Constituency Scottish National Party
Paul O'Kane
Paul O
West Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Willie Rennie
Official Portrait of Willie Rennie MSP.jpg
North East Fife Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Angus Robertson
Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson.jpg
Edinburgh Central Constituency Scottish National Party
Shona Robison
Cabinet Secretary, Shona Robison, 2021.jpg
Dundee City East Constituency Scottish National Party
Emma Roddick
Emma Roddick 2021.jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish National Party
Douglas Ross
Official Portrait of Douglas Ross MSP.jpg
Highlands and Islands Regional Scottish Conservatives
Alex Rowley
Alex Rowley in the Scottish Parliament 2016.jpg
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Labour
Mark Ruskell
MarkRuskellMSP-May2016.jpg
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Greens
Anas Sarwar
Anas Sarwar MSP.jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour
Graham Simpson
Graham Simpson.jpg
Central Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Lorna Slater
Official portrait of Lorna Slater MSP.jpg
Lothian Regional Scottish Greens
Liz Smith
ElizabethSmithMSP20110508.JPG
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservatives
Colin Smyth
Colin Smyth MSP.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Shirley-Anne Somerville
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, 2021.jpg
Dunfermline Constituency Scottish National Party
Collette Stevenson
Collette Stevenson 2021.jpg
East Kilbride Constituency Scottish National Party
Alexander Stewart
Alexander Stewart MSP.jpg
Mid Scotland and Fife Regional Scottish Conservatives
Kaukab Stewart
Kaukab Stewart 2021.jpg
Glasgow Kelvin Constituency Scottish National Party
Kevin Stewart
Kevin Stewart MSP.jpg
Aberdeen Central Constituency Scottish National Party
Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon (cropped).jpg
Glasgow Southside Constituency Scottish National Party
Paul Sweeney
Paul Sweeney MP - official photo 2017.jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Labour
John Swinney
Official Portrait of John Swinney.jpg
Perthshire North Constituency Scottish National Party
Michelle Thomson
Michelle Thomson 2021.jpg
Falkirk East Constituency Scottish National Party
Maree Todd
Maree Todd MSP.jpg
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Constituency Scottish National Party
David Torrance
DavidTorranceMSP20111207.jpg
Kirkcaldy Constituency Scottish National Party
Evelyn Tweed
Official Portrait of Evelyn Tweed MSP.jpg
Stirling Constituency Scottish National Party
Mercedes Villalba
Mercedes Villalba 2021.jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Sue Webber
Sue Webber 2021.jpg
Lothian Regional Scottish Conservatives
Annie Wells
AnnieWellsMSP.jpg
Glasgow Regional Scottish Conservatives
Tess White
Tess White 2021.jpg
North East Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Martin Whitfield
Official portrait of Martin Whitfield crop 2.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish Labour
Elena Whitham
Elena Whitham 2021.jpg
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Constituency Scottish National Party
Brian Whittle
Official Portrait of Brian Whittle MSP.jpg
South Scotland Regional Scottish Conservatives
Beatrice Wishart
Beatrice Wishart MSP.jpg
Shetland Constituency Scottish Liberal Democrats
Humza Yousaf
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf, 2021.jpg
Glasgow Pollok Constituency Scottish National Party

Changes

Date Constituency/region Gain Loss Note
13 May 2021 Lothian Presiding Officer Green Alison Johnstone was elected Presiding Officer and consequently had to renounce her party affiliation.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Scottish Elections (Dates) Act 2016". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Current and previous Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)". Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ In numbers: Scottish Parliament celebrates 20th anniversary, Shropshire Star, 29 April 2019
  4. ^ "Scottish Greens MSP elected as new Presiding Officer". STV News. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.