Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. – Atifete Jahjaga
The Scottish Election season is underway and parties are now laying out their positions and are courting your votes. As I have with every other election since I started this blog, I’ll continue keeping a place here for party neutral information, including a post aimed at first time voters on how to vote in the elections and how that vote is translated into seats. I have written a guide on how to vote in the upcoming election and how your vote is translated into MSPs’ seats. You can read that guide here.
In this post I intend to gather as many of the political party manifestos as I can as they are published. I can’t cover independent candidates fairly (by definition, an independent can stand in only one region at best) and whilst I would like to be as inclusive as possible I may miss a few of the smaller parties or they may not be publishing a full manifesto (particularly if they are a single issue party). If I do miss a party manifesto, please let me know and I’ll add it.
All of the manifestos below are presented for your information and the presence or absence of any of them should not be taken as an endorsement or otherwise of any of the parties or of any of the policies that they may be promoting.
(The following parties were represented by at least one MSP during the 2016-2021 Parliament. All of these parties are standing candidates in every electoral region but many not be fielding a candidate in every constituency.)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Scottish Green Party
Scottish Labour Party
Scottish Liberal Democrats
Scottish National Party
(The following parties were not represented in the 2016-2021 Parliament. Insurgent parties may not be standing in all constituencies or electoral regions.)
All For Unity
Communist Party of Britain
Independence for Scotland Party *
Restore Scotland Party
Scottish Family Party
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Scottish Libertarian Party
Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
UK Independence Party
Check back frequently as more manifestos are published.
*Note:- On March 29th the Independence for Scotland Party stood down all of their candidates in the wake of the launch of the Alba Party. Nonetheless, they have published their manifesto hence its inclusion here.
[Update: 01/04/21 – Added SFP and STUSC. Clarified inclusion criteria. Re-grouped the parties into two categories to represent incumbents in the previous Parliament and other parties.]
[Update 07/04/21 – Added All For Unity]
[Update 14/04/21 – Added Scottish Green Party]
[Update 15/04/21 – Added Scottish National Party]
[Update 16/04/21 – Added Scottish Liberal Democrats]
[Update 17/04/21 – Added several insurgent party manifestos. Updated main body text with some clarifications and links to previous “How to Vote” guides.]
[Update 21/04/21 – Added Alba Party and link to latest “How to Vote” guide.]
[Update 22/04/21 – Added Scottish Labour Party]
[Update 23/04/24 – Added Restore Scotland Party]
5 thoughts on “Scottish Elections 2021:- The Manifestos”
there doesn’t seem to be a single online tactical voting guide to help pro independence voters in Scotland. There are many for unionists.
I don’t know what the best vote to make is mathematically to get the maximum number of independence MSPs for my area (Highlands and Islands). I’m a Green supporter but happy to vote SNP or Green for either list or constituency.
It would be interesting to know based on the last election’s results which way I should vote with my two votes. I don’t care about Alba, Alex Salmond doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote!
Is that something you could work out?
I’ll be writing a “How to vote” guide probably this weekend but it’s aimed a new or lapsed voters and really will be a “How to” guide rather than a “Who to”.
The biggest issue with “Tactical voting” guides is that they are very sensitive to their assumptions (The difference between 5% of the overall list vote and 6% of the vote is the difference between zero seats and half a dozen) and that the target audience for them (political activists) is much smaller than they usually think they are.
The most effective way of getting a pro-indy majority in a proportional system is to ensure that a majority of pro-indy voters turn out and vote. Everything else is just party politics and coalition building.
My advice for the election is to vote in the Constituency vote for the best person for your local area and in the Regional for the party that best matches your overall politics.
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