Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh

The Act of Union, passed in 1707, created a political union between the Kingdoms of Scotland and England, meaning that Scotland was directly governed from London for 292 years. In 1997 a referendum of the Scottish people approved the re-establishment of a directly-elected Scottish Parliament. Matters such as education, health and prisons, which used to be dealt with by the Parliament at Westminster, are now decided in Scotland. The first elections to the Scottish Parliament were held in 1999, the same year that construction began on the building that would be the parliament’s future home. Designed by the…

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