Scottish parliament building

MSPs to Elect a New Presiding Officer for Holyrood

Holyrood’s newly elected MSPs are due to elect a new Presiding Officer for the Scottish Parliament this Thursday 13 May 2021.

The election takes place on the first day of parliamentary business for the Parliament’s sixth session.

Following the swearing in of MSPs, a Presiding Officer and two deputies must be elected before any other parliamentary business is progressed at Holyrood.

The first duty of the newly elected Presiding Officer will be to preside over the election of his/her two deputies.

The election of the Presiding Officer will take place at circa 2.10pm on Thursday 13 May.

The election of the two Deputy Presiding Officers will take place the following day, Friday 14 May at 10.30am.