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The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (Scottish Gaelic: Oifigear-Riaghlaidh, Scots: Preses o the Scots Pairlament) is the speaker of the Scottish Parliament, elected by the Members of the Scottish Parliament. He or she also heads the Corporate Body of the Scottish Parliament and as such is viewed as a figurehead for the entire organisation. Two Deputy Presiding Officers are elected to help fulfil the role. The office of the Presiding Officer is in Queensberry House.

The first person to hold the position was Sir David Steel, appointed in 1999.


List of presiding officers

Name Entered office Left office Former party
1. Sir David Steel 12 May 1999 7 May 2003 Liberal Democrats
2. George Reid 7 May 2003 14 May 2007 Scottish National Party
3. Alex Fergusson 14 May 2007 Incumbent Conservative

List of Deputy Presiding Officers

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