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Mhairi Black’s voting in Parliament
Mhairi Black is a Scottish National Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Scottish National Party MPs.
This is a random selection of Mhairi Black’s votes.
Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
1 vote for, 25 votes against, 8 absences, between 2015–2022.
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2015–2022.
Voted a mixture of for and against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
4 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2015–2022.
Voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2016.
Voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 6 absences, between 2016–2021.
Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2016.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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Mhairi Black has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
It is very concerning to hear the Secretary of State dispute the figures from the House of Commons Library. Let me emphasise that Scotland’s block grant is being cut, our services are being eroded by Tory cuts, the economy is being undermined by Brexit and Scotland, as part of the UK, is facing the deepest recession in Europe. This Government’s response is more austerity, despite...
I would not be here if we had not accepted the outcome of that referendum, and I do not need any lectures on democracy from a soon-to-be-unelected baron. No matter how much this Government deny it, Scotland’s budget is being cut. Let us put independence aside for a moment. Does the Secretary of State think that it is the Tories who are causing Scotland’s demise and short-changing us, or...
As my hon. Friend will be aware, during the last referendum campaign we were continually told that we were in a Union of equal partnership. As she has touched on, even if every single seat in Scotland—all 59 seats—was SNP, the city of London, for instance, has 73 MPs. Is that not ridiculous, and how can this ever be a Union of equals if the second largest nation of that Union can be...
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Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
Mhairi Black campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Scotland Office
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Home Office
- Cabinet Office
- Sovereignty: Scotland
- Prime Minister: Powers
- Scotland Office: Communication
- Post Office: Redundancy Pay
- Scotland Office: Advertising
Currently held offices
- Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (since 4 May 2020)
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland) (since 7 Jan 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Children and Families) (1 Jul 2018 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Equalities) (1 Jul 2018 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Disabilities) (1 Jul 2018 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions) (20 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Youth affairs) (20 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Member, Work and Pensions Committee (8 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 28 Nov 2022.
1. Employment and earnings
From 3 October 2015, newspaper column for The National, Newsquest Media (Herald & Times) Ltd, 200 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3QB. From January 2019 until further notice, I receive £150 for each fortnightly column (previously £150 for each weekly column). Hours: approx. 3 hrs every second week. Payments are made direct to charity. First payment of £900 received on 1 December 2015. (Registered 18 December 2015; updated 05 January 2016 and 06 January 2020)
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