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 an MSP.
Anyone who wants 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 Irish citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen, or a qualifying foreign national
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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