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Actually the third other is Margo McDonald, an Independent who used to be quite prominent in the SNP.

The Speaker in the UK Parliament does not remain connected, in any way, with their former party. The Speaker seeks re-election as such, not using a party label.

However in the Scottish Parliament, the Presiding Officer is no longer counted with a party group when elected. I believe no Presiding Officer has yet been a candidate for re-election. I presume they would not use a party label in an election, but the custom may not yet have been clearly established as it has been in the UK Parliament.

by Gary J on Mon May 9th, 2011 at 11:14:42 AM EST
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