Kenny MacAskill

Scottish National Party MP for East Lothian

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Kenny MacAskill’s voting in Parliament

Kenny MacAskill is a Scottish National Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Scottish National Party MPs.

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Kenny MacAskill has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments: Coronavirus 21 Jun 2021

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals kept in establishments licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were killed without being used in experiments in response to projects being put on hold as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: BBC: Scotland 21 Jun 2021

    To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has entered into any memoranda of understanding with the Scottish (a) Government and (b) Parliament on the (i) operation of the BBC and (ii) appointment to the BBC's Board of Governors.
  • Misuse of Drugs Act 17 Jun 2021

    I come at this debate from my experiences as Justice Secretary in Scotland for seven and a half years. It would also be fair to say that I think I reflect the views, privately, of many senior individuals in both law enforcement and the judiciary. Mike Barton was mentioned. Only a few have had the courage to speak out, but privately many will tell you, as I have come to see, that this issue...

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Scottish National Party MP for East Lothian, Former Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Eastern

Entered the House of Commons on 13 December 2019 — General election

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2016 — Election

Also represented Edinburgh Eastern; Edinburgh East and Musselburgh; Lothians


Topics of interest

  • Home Office
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Department for Transport
  • Pet Travel Scheme: Dogs
  • Animal Experiments
  • Prisons: Coronavirus
  • Dogs: Imports
  • Porton Down: Animal Experiments

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Justice Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 25 May 2021)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice Team Member) (7 Jan 2020 to 29 Mar 2021)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 Jun 2021.

1. Employment and earnings
Columnist for the Scots Magazine, DC Thompson & Co Ltd, 1 Albert Square, Dundee DD1 1DD. Until further notice, I receive £220 per month. Hours: 3 hrs per month. (Registered 09 January 2020)
Columnist, JPI Media for The Scotsman, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EN4 2HS. Until further notice, I receive £200 per week. Hours: 3 hrs per week. (Registered 09 January 2020)

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