Lesley Laird

Former Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath


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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Former Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 2017 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election

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Topics of interest

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Scotland Office
  • Home Office
  • HM Treasury
  • Department for Transport
  • Universal Credit: Scotland
  • Child Benefit: Repayments
  • State Retirement Pensions: Females
  • Scotland Office: Staff
  • Immigrants: Detainees

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (14 Jun 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from ComRes, 4 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, for completing surveys. All fees paid direct to charity:
26 October 2018, payment of £75 for a survey in September 2018. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 05 November 2018)
14 December 2018, payment of £75 for a survey in October 2018. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 03 January 2019)
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for completing surveys. All fees paid direct to charity:
18 October 2018, payment of £70 for a survey in September 2017. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 05 November 2018)

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