Party leaders cast ballots in Scottish Parliament election

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The leaders of Scotland’s political parties are heading to the polls to cast their own votes in the Scottish Parliament election.

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar voted at his local polling station at Pollokshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow on Thursday morning.

Mr Sarwar is standing against First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Glasgow Southside constituency, which includes Pollokshields.

Anas Sarwar
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, with his wife Furheen and son Ailyan, arrives at Pollokshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow to deliver his vote (Jane Barlow/PA)

Flanked by his wife and four-year-old son, Mr Sarwar was in a buoyant mood, chatting with voters and answering questions from journalists.

He said he used both votes for Scottish Labour and urged other voters to do the same.

Ms Sturgeon has already voted by post but joined SNP candidate Roza Salih at Annette Street Primary School polling station in Govanhill, Glasgow, to lend her support and meet a Syrian family as they cast their ballots.

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon and SNP candidate Roza Salih were at a polling station in Glasgow (Jeff J Mitchell/PA)

This year’s poll is the first in which people with refugee status are entitled to vote, and the SNP leader said it is “great we’ve got everybody who lives here able to vote”, adding it is an “exciting” and “special thing to do”.

She also posed for a photo with a dog called Elsa outside the school and recorded a video message for the interpreter for the Syrians, whose mother is unwell with Covid-19.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie cast his ballot at Notre Dame Primary School in Glasgow’s west end.

Patrick Harvie
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie pulled a billboard featuring his own face as he left his polling station in Glasgow’s west end (Jane Barlow/PA)

Arriving on his bike, Mr Harvie posed for press photographers before entering the polling station, wearing a face mask bearing the LGBT rainbow flag.

After casting his vote, and at the behest of the photographers, Mr Harvie rode a bike pulling a small billboard adorned with his face.

His fellow Greens co-leader Lorna Slater voted at a primary school in Edinburgh.

Alex Salmond
Alex Salmond was greeted by supporters of his Alba Party as he arrived to vote at Ritchie Hall in Strichen, Aberdeenshire (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross voted in Moray, while Alba Party leader Alex Salmond cast his ballot in Strichen, Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has already voted by post.

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