About Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)
- What issues an MSP can help you with
- Contacting someone else who represents you about your issue
- Why you have 8 MSPs
- How MSPs are elected
- What happens at election time
- How to become an MSP
How to become an MSP
Anyone who is eligible can stand as a constituency MSP or a regional MSP, or both.
Anyone wishing 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.
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