Mhairi Black

SNP Deputy Leader

Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South


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Mhairi Black’s voting in Parliament

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Last updated: 18 May 2022. Learn more about our voting records and what they mean.

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Recent appearances

  • Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Section 35 Power 17 Jan 2023

    Does my hon. Friend agree with me in finding it ridiculous that Conservative Members keep claiming they want to protect women and children’s rights given the fact that, just last night, the Government undermined workers’ rights, they want to get rid of the Human Rights Act, they introduced the rape clause and they want to remove us from the European Court of Human Rights. Is it not the...
  • Scotland Act 1998: Section 35 Power 17 Jan 2023

    I notice that the Secretary of State fails to mention that this is the most consulted upon piece of legislation that has ever gone through the Scottish Parliament, so this idea that it has been rushed through is nothing more than a lie. As I have said, this is already an attack on devolution. It is an attack using and weaponising the most vulnerable group in our society. On that note, can the...
  • Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill 16 Jan 2023

    I am not funded by unions—or Russia—so before I even get on to the Bill, it is important for me to highlight the fact that the laws on trade unions in the UK are already among the most restrictive in Europe. Ministers claim that such Bills are common in France, Spain and Germany, but they leave out the fact that this Bill is much harsher than any of the examples that they cite. UK workers...

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Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

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Topics of interest

Mhairi Black campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Scotland Office
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Cabinet Office
  • Home Office
  • Treasury
  • Sovereignty: Scotland
  • Scotland Office: Communication
  • Prime Minister: Powers
  • Visas: Ministers of Religion
  • Scotland Office: Advertising

Currently held offices

  • SNP Deputy Leader (since 6 Dec 2022)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (4 May 2020 to 9 Jan 2023)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland) (7 Jan 2020 to 6 Dec 2022)
  • 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)

SNP MPs only attend sittings where the legislation pertains to Scotland.

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 23 Jan 2023.

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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