Scottish Parliament Political Parties Panel Minutes: 22 January 2020

Meeting overview:

Date: 22 January 2020

Time: 2pm

Who was at the meeting

Scottish Green Party:

  • John Hardy (Chair) 

Scottish Liberal Democrats:

  • Paul Moat 

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party:

  • Matt Edmonds

Scottish National Party:

  • Scott Martin

Scottish Labour Party:

  • Michael Sharpe 

Scottish Boundary Commission:

  • Isabel Drummond-Murray

Scottish Government:

  • James Newman

Electoral Management Board for Scotland:

  • Chris Highcock

Scottish Assessors Association: 

  • Pete Wildman, Chair of the Electoral Registration Committee

Scotland Office:

  • Craig Chalcraft

The Electoral Commission:

  • Dame Susan Bruce, Electoral Commissioner, Scotland
  • Andy O'Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission, Scotland
  • Martin McKeown, Senior Adviser, Elections & Campaigners
  • Mette Christensen, Senior Policy Advisor
  • Lindsey Hamilton, Business Support Officer (Minutes) 

Apologies for absence: 

  • Kate Crawford, Scottish Assessors Association
  • Alasdair Morgan, Electoral Commissioner 
  • Maria McCann, Scottish Government 



The Chairperson John Hardy (JH) welcomed those present to the meeting and introductions were made. 

Andy O’Neill (AON) intimated apologies from those unable to attend.