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Background
The Scottish Parliament came into existence, after a gap of 292 years, in
1999.
·There are 129 seats73 are elected by
elections
normal FPTP constituency
56 are the result of voting for party lists.
(This is where each party is awarded seats from its list according to
a combination of what proportion of the votes was worn by them in
both the constituency and the party list elections.)
Each Scottish voter therefore has TWO votes:
1. One for Constituency MSP (Member of the Scottish
Parliament)
Collectively the election system is known as the ADDITIONAL
2. The The other for
Parliament a Party.
sits
MEMBER SYSTEM.
in Edinburgh where it has fixed electoral terms
and elections, like in Britain, take place every FOUR years.…read more

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The FIRST
Election
The first election held in 1999 saw Labour
win most seats
HOWEVER...
not enough to win an overall majority so
Labour therefore entered a coalition with the
Liberal Democrats.
Following the third election to the Scottish
Parliament in 2007, the strength of the
parties was shown:…read more

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Allocation of seats in the
Scottish Parliament after 2007
PARTY SEATS WON
Labour 46
Scottish Nationalist 47
Conservative 17
Liberal Democrats 16
Greens 2
Other 1…read more

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The THIRD
Election
The Labour and Lib Dem Coalition collapsed
leaving the Scottish Nationalist Party as a
minority government.
Potentially this development lead to FURTHER
demands for fill independence for Scotland.
HOWEVER...
Opinion polls suggest that the Scottish people
are not ready for full independence, so it
remains a distant prospect.…read more

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The powers of the
Scottish Parliament
An important landmark for the Scottish Parliament was
being granted the power to make primary legislation in
selected areas.
"primary them (what is prohibited, how
organisations must behave, what responsibilities
citizens are expected to carry out
2.Granting of powers to other
bodies to make regulations and rules that are as
binding as other laws. This is known as enabling law.
This then essentially means that other public bodies
will be given powers to make secondary legislation.
This involves orders that do not need to be passed
through the same process as primary legislation.
They are simply announced and become law if there is
no objection to them in Parliament.…read more

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