Presiding Officers

Parliaments have rules about how they work.

The rules say how people should behave. 

The person who acts like the manager is called the Presiding Officer.

The Presiding Officer makes sure everyone is following the rules properly.

The Presiding Officer in the Scottish Parliament is Ken Macintosh.

He is an elected MSP and is voted to be the president of the parliament by MSPs.

In the UK Parliament the presiding officer is called the ‘Speaker.’

The Speaker is John Bercow.

He is an elected MP and was voted to be the Speaker by MPs.

You can see the Presiding Officers at Parliament debates.

They sit up high and they shout ‘Order’ to the politicians if they are not behaving well.

Presiding Officers represent their Parliaments to the rest of the world.

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