What the election recess means for constituents

I am retiring from the Scottish Parliament at this election. Under normal circumstances, Parliament would have been expected to dissolve on 25 March, prior to the official start of the election campaign. However, in order to ensure that the election can take place fairly and safely, the Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Act 2021 provides for the dissolution of Session 5 of the Parliament on 5 May 2021 instead.

However, while this means I will remain East Lothian’s MSP until dissolution on 5 May, I am unable to take on any new casework for constituents during the election period. My office will continue to deal with existing casework and also try and signpost people to alternative sources of help if possible. This website will also remain live and emails will be monitored during the campaign.