Scottish Parliamentary Elections

The Scottish Parliament and Highland Constituencies

There are currently 129 elected members in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, of which 73 are constituency members and 56 are list members.

Scottish Parliamentary Elections use the Additional Member System where each voter has two votes. One of these elects a constituency MSP using the first past the post system, and the other elects regional representatives from a list of political parties and individual candidates.

Everyone in Scotland is represented by 8 MSPs:

  • One for their constituency (for example, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)
  • Seven for the larger region in which they live (for example, Highlands and Islands)

There are currently 3 Parliamentary Constituencies in the Highland Council area.

You can currently vote to return a constituency MSP for:

  • Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
  • Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
  • Inverness and Nairn 

and List MSP's for the Highlands and Islands Region.

The Highlands and Islands Region comprises:

  • Argyll and Bute
  • Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
  • Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
  • Inverness and Nairn
  • Moray
  • Orkney
  • Comhairle Nan Eillean Siar

Donna Manson is the Returning Officer for the 3 constituencies and is the Regional Returning Officer for the Highlands and Islands Region.

The next election will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.


Previous election results

Statement of persons, parties nominated and results 2016

Previous election results