Annabelle Ewing MSP and Liam McArthur MSP elected as the Scottish Parliament’s Deputy Presiding Officers



Annabelle Ewing MSP and Liam McArthur MSP have this afternoon been elected as Deputy Presiding Officers of the Scottish Parliament.

The two Deputy Presiding Officers will support the work of the Parliament’s new Presiding Officer, Alison Johnstone MSP.

Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP said:

“What an absolute honour to have been elected into this role for the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament. Undoubtedly, this session will have a very strong focus on our recovery from the global pandemic and I look forward to playing my part, working across the party divide, to encourage the best possible outcome for the people of Scotland during these challenging times.”

Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP commented:

“I am thrilled at the prospect of working alongside Alison and Annabelle in this exciting yet responsible role. There is no doubt that many challenges lie ahead, but with shared endeavour for collaborative working and the revitalised energy of a newly elected Parliament, I am sure that we can bring positive changes to the lives of the Scottish people. I am very grateful to all colleagues who supported my election today



The election of the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer and the two Deputy Presiding Officers are the only secret ballots conducted in the Scottish Parliament.


Presiding Officer

Deputy Presiding Officers


Ken Macintosh

Linda Fabiani & Christine Grahame (Lewis Macdonald was elected as an additional DPO in 2020)


Tricia Marwick

Elaine Smith & John Scott


Alex Fergusson

Trish Godman & Alasdair Morgan


George Reid

Murray Tosh & Trish Godman


Sir David Steel

Patricia Ferguson & George Reid ((Murray Tosh took over from Patricia Ferguson in November 2001)


Press photographs; Andrew Cowan: 0131 348 5878 /

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