Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

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The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (Scottish Gaelic: Oifigear-Riaghlaidh, Scots: Preses o the Scots Pairlament) is the speaker of the Scottish Parliament, elected by the Members of the Scottish Parliament, by means of an exhaustive ballot. He or she also heads the Corporate Body of the Scottish Parliament and as such is viewed as a figurehead for the entire organisation. Two Deputy Presiding Officers are elected to help fulfil the role. The office of the Presiding Officer is in Queensberry House.

The first person to hold the position was Sir David Steel, appointed in 1999.

List of presiding officers[edit]

Name Entered office Left office Former party
1. David Steel 12 May 1999 7 May 2003 Liberal Democrats
2. George Reid 7 May 2003 14 May 2007 Scottish National Party
3. Alex Fergusson 14 May 2007 11 May 2011 Conservative
4. Tricia Marwick 11 May 2011 incumbent Scottish National Party

List of Deputy Presiding Officers[edit]

Name Entered office Left office Party
Patricia Ferguson 1999 2001 Labour
George Reid 1999 2003 Scottish National Party
Murray Tosh 2001 2007 Conservative
Trish Godman 2003 2011 Labour
Alasdair Morgan 2007 2011 Scottish National Party
Elaine Smith 2011 incumbent Labour
John Scott 2011 incumbent Conservative

Proposal in the event of independence[edit]

In the event of Scottish independence, the Scottish National Party proposes that the historic title Chancellor of Scotland be used instead of Presiding Officer, with additional constitutional powers during the absence of the Monarch from Scotland.[1]

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