Scottish Politics Explained 2022

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Join the 15th annual Scottish Politics Explained for its in-person return

In 2022, the referendum and legislation which ultimately led to the re-convening of the Scottish Parliament will mark its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Holyrood Events presents this exclusive Scottish Politics Explained event.  

This landmark for the 1997 referendum and legislation, which created the settlement that remains the foundation for Scotland’s system of governance today, provides an ideal time to reflect. In this Politics Explained event, we will explore some key areas of devolved governance and question how well the settlement has delivered for the people of Scotland over the last 25 years. We will hear from insiders and some prominent commentators on Scottish politics as they provide their expert analysis on how devolution has evolved and how it operates in 2022.

Holyrood’s long-running Politics Explained events have always been about informing those who want to know (for work, study or interest) more about how the Scottish political system actually works and how to navigate it.

So, whether you don’t know where to start, you know anything between a little and a lot but would like to know more, or you would like to expand your network of contacts, this event is everything you could need or want in the one place!

By attending this event, you will:

  • Learn how Scotland’s modern system of governance works, including the structure of the various levels of government; how laws are made; the roles of the various political institutions and who to speak to about what.
  • Get the inside scoop from those working at the highest levels in Whitehall and the Scottish and local government.
  • Hear from experienced lobbyists on legitimate methods for influencing policy outcomes through this system to drive change.
  • Benefit from our network and be able to engage with an eclectic mix of public affairs professionals, parliamentarians, government officials, academics and changemakers in Scotland

Join us as we commemorate this milestone for devolution in Scotland with only the best insider and expert analysis on contemporary Scottish politics. This unique, commemorative Holyrood Politics Explained event is one you do not want to miss!

Sir Tom Devine
Prof. Sir Tom Devine
University of Edinburgh
Laurence Rockey Headshot
Laurence Rockey
UK Government
Professor James Mitchell Headshot
Prof. James Mitchell
University of Edinburgh
Sir John Curtice
University of Strathclyde
Roseanna Cunningham
Formerly Scottish Government
Henry McLeish Headshot
Henry McLeish
Former First Minister of Scotland
Henry McLeish is a Scottish politician, author and academic who served as First Minister of Scotland from 2000 to 2001.

Role of the Scottish Government

Senior representative, Scottish Government


The UK Government in Scotland

Senior representative, UK Government


Delivering Change

Senior representative, political campaigns


Questions and Discussion 

Local Government in Scotland

Senior representative, local government

Senior representative, Christie Commission



Questions and Discussion

Policy Focus: Social Care in Scotland

Senior representative, National Care Service

Senior representative, Independent Care Review 

Questions and Discussion 


Policy Focus: Climate Change 

Senior representative, carbon reduction

Senior representative, net-zero

Questions and Discussion


Policy Focus: Public Health and COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Senior representative, anti-smoking

Senior representative, public health

Question and Discussion

Moving Beyond Explanation? Understanding Where we are Going


Questions and Discussion

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    • Start Date
      31 Mar 2022 10:00 am
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      31 Mar 2022 3:00 pm
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