Presiding Officer

Following the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary election, I was elected as the Scottish Parliaments fifth Presiding Officer by my fellow MSPs. I was elected with 71 votes on the third round of voting.  Upon my election, I said that as Presiding Officer, I would seek to work together, across the party divide, for the common good of all Scots.  Click here to learn more about my role as Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at the Opening of the first session of the Scottish Parliament. June 2 2016.
Opening the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament. June 2 2016.