MSPs are members of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh which was re-established in 1999. Matters such as agriculture, economic development, education, health, housing, law and order, sport and the arts, tourism and transport are dealt with at the Scottish Parliament. MSPs represent a specific constituency and there are 73 of them. There are 2 MSPs who represent Dumfries and Galloway at the Scottish Parliament:
Dumfries County Constituency
Dr Elaine Murray MSP
Galloway and West Dumfries County Constituency
Alex Fergusson MSP
There are 56 'list' MSPs who do not represent a specific constituency but rather a region like the South of Scotland. There are 7 list MSPs for the South of Scotland.
MPs sit at the UK Parliament Westminster, London. Matters such as defence, employment law, international affairs, genetics, pensions and social security are known as reserved matters and are dealt with at Westminster.
Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency
Russell Brown MP
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale County Consitituency
David Mundell MP
The European Parliament is the Community institution that represents the peoples of the Member States of the European Union.
There are currently 736 MEPs, 72 of whom come from the UK. The UK is divided into 12 regions. Each region has between three and ten MEPs and each MEP in a region represents each person living there. Scotland is a single electoral region containing all the unitary authorities in Scotland. Scotland is represented by six MEPS:
Ian Hudghton MEP
George Lyon MEP
David Martin MEP
Alyn Smith MEP
Struan Stevenson MEP
Catherine Stihler MEP
Further information on all of the MEPs for Scotland are available from the UK Office of the European Parliament.