Ten MSPs seek election as Deputy Presiding Officer at Holyrood

Ten MSPs are vying for the two Deputy Presiding Officer positions at Holyrood.

Those elected will aid the work of Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone, who was appointed in a vote by MSPs on Thursday, including chairing debates in the parliamentary chamber.

SNP MSPs Clare Adamson, James Dornan, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd and Stuart McMillan are seeking a deputy role.

Alison Johnstone
MSPs elected Alison Johnstone as the new Presiding Officer on Thursday (Russell Cheyne/PA)

Jeremy Balfour and Edward Mountain have put themselves forward from the Conservatives, while Clare Baker and Rhoda Grant make up the Labour contingent in the race.

Liam McArthur is the sole Liberal Democrat MSP to put himself forward.

Each position is voted for individually, with MSPs needing a simple majority to be elected.