RGU:Union's Guide to the Scottish Elections

On Thursday 5th May 2016, elections shall take place for the Scottish Parliament. This is your chance to have your say on who you want running the Scottish Government. Many of you may have decided already who you would like to vote for, however, for those of you who have not decided quite yet, this is an easy guide to the elections taking place this week.

 

 

Who can vote?


Any resident in Scotland, who is over the age of sixteen, and is from the UK, EU or Commonwealth. You must be registered to vote and on the electoral register. All students should have received a registration letter a few months ago, and should now have also received a polling card, detailing where you have to go to vote on the 5th May.

 

How do I vote?


If you haven't opted for a specific type of vote (such as proxy or postal vote), then all you have to do is go along to your polling station from 7am - 10pm on Thursday 5th May. You don't need your polling card, just say your name and postcode to the polling staff. You'll receive your ballot papers, and simply have to make your vote. You'll get two votes in the election, one for a constituency MSP (your local area) and one for a region MSP (the wider area).

 

 

Why should I vote?


This election is a chance for you to make sure that students voices are heard. The Scottish Parliament is responsible for devolved issues, which included education, along with health, housing, law and order and more. There will be 129 MSPs elected who will make decisions that will affect you each day.

 

The National Union of Students, and RGU:Union, is fighting for fairer support for students as part of our #ShapingScotlandsFuture campaign. Our three priorities are:

 

  1. improved bursary support for college students,
  2. year round support for university students with increase grants and reduced debt,
  3. better support for students will ill mental health.

 

If any of these priorities interest you, a number of parties are in support of the policies which matter to students.

Click here to find out which!

 

 

Who do I vote for?


There are several main parties in this election. Who you vote for depends on where you live, but this is a rough guide to some of the main parties and the information you need to find out their policies. Click on ‘Manifesto’ or ‘Candidates’ to find out about these parties.

 

 

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Conservatives

Green Party

Labour

Liberal Democrats

SNP

A Strong Opposition

A better Scotland needs a bolder Holyrood.

Invest in Scotland’s Future: Both Votes Labour

Be the best again

Together we can move Scotland forward

Leader:

Ruth Davidson

Leader:

Patrick Harvie

Leader:

Kezia Dugdale

Leader:

Willie Rennie

Leader:

Nicola Sturgeon

MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO

CANDIDATES

CANDIDATES

CANDIDATES

CANDIDATES

CANDIDATES

 

Who are the candidates?


For each of the main parties, there will be candidates in the area you live.

 

Aberdeen Central

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Conservatives

Tom Mason

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Labour

Lewis MacDonald

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Liberal Democrats

Ken McLeod

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Scottish National Party

Kevin Stewart

 

Aberdeen Donside

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Conservatives

Liam Kerr

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Labour

Greg Williams

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Liberal Democrats

Isobel Davidson

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Scottish National Party

Mark McDonald

 

Aberdeen South and North Kincardine

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Conservatives

Ross Thomson

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Labour

Alison Evison

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Liberal Democrats

John Waddell

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Scottish National Party

Maureen Watt

 

Aberdeenshire East

Aberdeenshire West

 

If you would like to know more about the Scottish Parliament Elections, all you have to do is click here.

 

What about the EU Referendum?


On Thursday 23rd June, the UK Government is holding a referendum on whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. This is a separate vote to the Scottish Parliament Elections. If you are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, and are over 18 and registered to vote, you will be entitled to a vote. EU students are not entitled to a vote. If you would like to know more: click here, or visit the campaign pages below.

 

Remain in the EU

Britain Stronger in Europe

Leave the EU

Vote Leave

 

 

 

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