Follow us

Scotland’s fortnightly political & current affairs magazine

Subscribe

Subscribe to Holyrood
by Chris Marshall
13 May 2021
MSPs set to be sworn in at Holyrood

MSPs set to be sworn in at Holyrood

MSPs will be sworn in at Holyrood later alongside the election of the parliament's new presiding officer.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be the first to be sworn in, followed by other party leaders and then the remaining MSPs in alphabetical order.

There is still uncertainty over who will replace former Labour MSP Ken Macintosh as presiding officer amid reports neither the SNP or opposition parties want to give up an MSP.

It is expected the election of the presiding officer will take place at around 5pm.

There are 43 new MSPs among the 129 elected to parliament, including Holyrood's first two women of colour, the SNP's Kaukab Stewart and Conservative Pam Gosal.

Labour's Pam Duncan-Glancy becomes the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected as an MSP.

Some MSPs are expected to give their oath or affirmation in languages other than English, including Gaelic, Scots, Doric and Orcadian. 

Read the most recent article written by Chris Marshall - Teen Spirit: Do our political views really change as we get older?

Stay in the know with our fortnightly magazine

Stay in the know with our fortnightly magazine

Subscribe

Popular reads
Back to top