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Scottish Parliament By-election: MSP for Shetland Islands


Voters go to the polls in a Scottish Parliament by-election at Shetland Islands on Thursday, August 29, after Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott stepped down to take up a position with Scottish Rugby.

See the advisory below for information about PA’s elections data coverage of this contest.

PA provides an unrivalled real-time data service for elections and referendums. Nominations data, results rushes, detailed results and statistics are delivered for polls ranging from UK general elections to Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly and London Assembly elections, and from council elections to mayoral and police commissioner elections.

Data coverage extends to parliamentary and assembly by-elections. In 2019, PA also covered the European Parliament election in the UK following the postponement of Brexit.

For details of elections messages in XML format used for digital products, see XML Format under Delivery Methods.

The historical XML for polls in more recent years can be found under Example messages, along with test sets.

The test sets include that from a live test carried out on January 22 for a possible snap general election.

The June 2017 snap general election results have also been made available in readable form in the Constituencies section for reference.

Advisories detailing the content and process for data coverage of forthcoming polls are provided on this site when an election is called.

The advisories include information on elections messages sent on the wire in plain text (TTY) and data format, along with catchlines and category codes. General information about wire format can be found in the document downloadable from the Wire format page on this site.

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