Michael Matheson

Scottish National Party MSP for Falkirk West


As a result of COVID-19, some MPs have been less able to vote in Parliament, and this will be reflected 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: Lothian Buses (Suspension of Services) 18 Mar 2021

    I deplore the attacks in recent weeks on bus services in Edinburgh, which have resulted in two bus drivers suffering injuries and requiring hospital attention. Attacks on key workers are totally unacceptable. They threaten the essential services on which communities rely. Everyone has the right to be safe, and to feel safe, in their community. Police Scotland and local authorities lead on...
  • Scottish Parliament: Lothian Buses (Suspension of Services) 18 Mar 2021

    I agree that no one should be subjected to such antisocial behaviour when they go to their workplace, whether they are a bus driver, a community resident or a shop owner. Any form of antisocial behaviour corrodes the very fabric of our communities and leads to people feeling unsafe. The type of behaviour that has been witnessed in parts of Edinburgh is unacceptable. That is why it is critical...
  • Scottish Parliament: Lothian Buses (Suspension of Services) 18 Mar 2021

    I agree with Sarah Boyack. It is important that the appropriate justice bodies as well as child welfare organisations take the necessary action to tackle antisocial behaviour. A number of mechanisms can be used by different agencies. They include enforcement action through antisocial behaviour orders or fixed-penalty notices and early intervention actions by child support organisations. A...

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Scottish National Party MSP for Falkirk West

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election

Also represented Central Scotland

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