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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 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.