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Switching our Heads

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

Here we are – we’re back to election time! Wowzers, after the relentless spell of elections a few years back, we’re moving towards our ninth election in Scotland since 2014 (including the two referenda)! As our eyes roll once again at yet another election, we have to come to terms with the reality that the frequency of elections manifests just how unsettled the United Kingdom is at the current point in time. There is no doubt of this turmoil as Brexit hasn’t been possible for the UK Government to implement in the House of Commons. This number of elections also, as we know in Scotland, includes Scottish Parliamentary elections which England doesn’t have a separate equivalent for. The last General Election at Westminster was the snap General Election of 2017 where Theresa May lost her majority in the House which resulted in a hung parliament.

In order to prepare ourselves once again for this election, we need to be reminded of the differences between UK and Scottish Parliamentary elections. I don’t know about you, but I always have to screw my head on in a particular way to remind myself what constituency I am part of for any given election. This one demands the same action. In the Scottish Parliamentary set up we have 73 constituencies, but for General Elections Scotland’s constituencies are 59 in number. This has been the case since 2005.

Take a look at the map here and remind yourself of how big/small your UK parliamentary constituency is. Remind yourself of the person and party that represents you and where you live. Perhaps more significantly you’re wondering whether this incumbent is still worthy of your vote? So often we don’t have a clue what our MP has been doing. That’s not true for everyone of course. Why not find out how your MP has voted on certain issues over the last two years? Click here and discover what your MP has been up to. I’d be surprised if that doesn’t help you make a decision on whether to vote for her/him once again.

Stuart Weir

Director of CARE for Scotland