Candidates announced for upcoming Scottish Parliament election

Person posting ballot into box

Published: Wednesday, 31st March 2021

Following the close of nominations for the upcoming Scottish Parliament election on Thursday 6 May, the candidates can be announced.

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Constituency

Standing for election in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Constituency are:

  • Dominic Ashmole – Scottish Green Party
  • Michael James Banks – Vanguard Party
  • Christine Grahame – Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Shona Haslam – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • AC May – Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Katherine Sangster – Scottish Labour Party and Scottish Co-operative Party

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Constituency

Standing for election in the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Constituency are:

  • Ian Davidson – Scottish Labour Party and Scottish Co-operative Party
  • Rachael Hamilton – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Barbra Harvie – Scottish Green Party
  • Jenny Claire Marr – Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Jesse Rae - Independent
  • Paul Wheelhouse – Scottish National Party (SNP)

The parties and independent candidates standing for election via the South Scotland regional list have also been published.

Full details, and lists of polling stations, can be found online.

Registration and postal vote deadlines

Polling stations will be open as normal on Thursday 6 May, with a range of measures in place to ensure that those who wish to vote in person can do so safely, including adherence to social-distancing guidelines and the wearing of face coverings.

However, if you wish to vote by post, you only have until 5pm on Tuesday 6 April for your application to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer, and you must be on the electoral register to apply.

Application forms for postal and proxy votes are available online.

Anyone who is not on the electoral register, or who has moved house and needs to re-register, has until midnight on Monday 19 April to complete the simple registration process to be able to vote.

You can register to vote by completing online registration or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100.

Voting in the Scottish Parliament election

To vote in a Scottish Parliament election, you must be:

  • aged 16 or over on the day of the election
  • a UK, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen or a qualifying foreign citizen, who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need such permission
  • resident at an address in Scotland and
  • on the electoral register

When you vote in a Scottish Parliament election, you have two votes – one to elect your constituency member and one to elect your regional member.

On the constituency ballot, you choose the candidate you want to represent your constituency. On the regional ballot, you choose from a list of party or independent candidates to represent your region.