The Scottish Parliament. Scottish Identity. Aims : Identify ways in which Scotland has its own identity. Examine the arguments for and against the Scottish Parliament. Elections For the Scottish Parliament. Aims : Identify how the Scottish Parliament is elected.
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Jim Mather SNP
Rob Gibson SNP
Peter Peacock, Labour
Mary Scanlon, Conservative
David Stewart, Labour
Dave Thompson, SNP
% of seats a party gets is roughly the same as its % of the vote.
Easier for smaller parties to win seats.
People have two votes – more choice.
Parties have worked well in coalition governments.
Hard for voters to understand how the system works.
More likely to have a coalition government – coalitions might break down if parties disagree.
Voters are unsure which MSP to contact if they have a problem.The Additional Member System
Powers of the Scottish Parliament
Using page 31, explain how the Scottish
Parliament is more up-to-date than the
House of Commons in the following areas:
Local Government Fire Service
Social Work Environment
Economic Development Tax
The work of an MSP is very similar to
that of an MP. You can contact your MSP
In their constituency MSPs will:
Note: MSPs can meet on a Monday afternoon or Friday morning in exceptional circumstances
The Work of an MSP in the Scottish Parliament
Introduce a Member’s Bill
Laws can be introduced by:
The number of female MSPs has varied in recent years. If they were to be fairly represented there would be 66 female MSPs in the Scottish Parliament
Aileen Campbell, aged 26 was the youngest woman to be elected as an MSP in the 2011 election.
The number of ethnic minority MSPs has increased slightly in recent years. If they were to be fairly represented there would be 36 ethnic minority MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.
Humsa Yousaf was one of only two ethnic minority MSPs to be elected in the 2011 election.