Iain Gray

Former Labour MSP for East Lothian


As a result of COVID-19, some MPs were less able to vote in Parliament in certain periods, and this will be reflected by absences in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Education (Attainment Gap) 24 Mar 2021

    My apologies to the cabinet secretary for extending his sentence for slightly longer, but I promise that it will not be for too long. For the whole of this parliamentary session, the Government has had the good will and support of the whole chamber for its top priority of closing the poverty-related attainment gap. This week’s Audit Scotland report shows that it is true, as the cabinet...
  • Scottish Parliament: College Staff (Industrial Action) 23 Mar 2021

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding planned industrial action by college staff this week. (S5T-02721)
  • Scottish Parliament: College Staff (Industrial Action) 23 Mar 2021

    Given that students are trying to maintain their studies in spite of the pandemic, strike action in colleges is undesirable and in this case unnecessary. Equally, this is no time to attack the terms and conditions of college staff. More than a week ago, the national joint negotiating committee agreed the principle that there is no national plan to replace lecturers with instructor-type posts...

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Former Labour MSP for East Lothian

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 5 May 2021 — Dissolved for election

Also represented Edinburgh Pentlands

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This data was produced by TheyWorkForYou from a variety of sources. Voting information from Public Whip.