A by-election for the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency in the Scottish Parliament will be held on Thursday, 8 June 2017, the same day as the UK general election. This note contains guidance for civil servants working in the Scottish Government, its agencies and national devolved public bodies on their role and conduct during the by-election campaign.
This guidance came into effect on publication, on Monday, 8 May. The general principles are the same as in the guidance for the UK general election, which took effect on 22 April.
However, Scottish Government staff should exercise particular care in respect of government activity that impacts on the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency in the Scottish Borders.
Staff will need to be particularly alert to the possible impact that Scottish Government activity could have on the by-election campaign. Particular consideration needs to be given to government announcements or activity in or concerning the constituency until polling day.
If you have any queries about activity during this period, please e-mail the Cabinet Secretariat inbox or call extension 46933 (0131 244 6933) or 43579 (0131 244 3579). Cabinet Secretariat will seek the advice of the Permanent Secretary, as required.
This guidance is being made public by being placed on the Scottish Government website.
- 8 May 2017
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire By-Election: guidance for civil servants