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All you need to know about the Scottish Local Election voting system.

There are currently 32 Regional Authorities, also known as Local Councils. Every 5 years, we elect our representatives (Councillors) to these Councils by the Single Transferable Vote System (STV). The STV system is designed to reflect the order of preference Voters place on the Candidates who stand for election.

This is a system that is designed to allow more than one Candidate to be elected in a fair and representative way. Behind the scenes (at the counting stage) the process can become increasingly complex - but as far as the Voter is concerned, casting their vote is fairly easy to understand.

This short article attempts to demystify the STV system and includes an easy to follow video which demonstrates the main mechanisms of the system.

Professor Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy (58) is a chartered accountant and a political economist.

He has been described by the Guardian newspaper as an “anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert”. He is Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University, London and Director of Tax Research UK. He is a non-executive director of Cambridge Econometrics.

In this article, Richard examines the myth that Scotland has a weak economy and explores the validity of the figures used in Government Expenditures and Revenues in Scotland (GERS) estimations.

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The European Union Referendum held on the 23rd June 2016 resulted in a majority of 52% to leave the EU. Scotland saw things differently as every Scottish constituency voted to remain in the EU - resulting in a final majority of 62%.

The vote was UK wide and, because of the vastly greater number of voters in England, the UK 52% majority to leave swamped Scotland's 62% vote to remain. Effectively, Scotland was forced to comply with the UK result to leave the EU.

However, during the 2014 independence referendum, Scots were told that a vote for independence was guaranteed to remove Scotland from the EU. Conversely, a vote to stay in the UK would ensure Scotland would always continue to enjoy membership in the EU. This assurance was a powerful influence on the way many Scots voted - so much so, the closely contested result was a win for the NO side (to remain in the UK).

Professor Michael Dougan

Professor Michael Dougan from the EU Law @ Liverpool team explains what the single market is, and why leaving it would present enormous challenges to the UK economy.

This is a short, but extremely accurate account of what the Single Market is, how it works and what are the advantages to embracing this large market of over 500 million consumers.

He explains the philosophy behind the rules and regulations attached to the single market and acknowledges the process is still on-going as the EU is continually introducing measures to fine-tune the harmonisation of trade between its member states.

Recent soundbites like "Brexit means Brexit" and "we are taking back control" ignores the main attractions of the internal market and seems to offer no alternative model that would rival these existing benefits.

Scotland in Europe

Scotland’s Place in Europe presents the Scottish Government’s proposals for mitigating the impact on Scotland of the UK’s exit from the EU.

The paper sets out the importance of continued European Single Market membership for Scotland, and demonstrates that this is also the best outcome for the UK as a whole.

It then sets out the Scottish Government’s strategy for ensuring Scotland can remain a member of the European Single Market even if the UK Government chooses a different outcome, before laying out the impact of the EU referendum on the current devolution settlement and the new powers which will come to Scotland.