Richard Simpson

Former Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife

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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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Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Special Schools (Pupil to Teacher Ratio) 16 Mar 2016

    12. To ask the Scottish Government what the pupil to teacher ratio is in special schools, and how that compares with 2008. (S4O-05667)
  • Scottish Parliament: Special Schools (Pupil to Teacher Ratio) 16 Mar 2016

    The minister will be aware of the fact that there are 164 more special school pupils than there were in 2008, with a total of 6,920, but that there are 172 fewer teachers teaching that group of pupils. If the group is a priority in relation to inequalities, what is the Government going to do to restore that ratio to one that is reasonable, and to ensure that the numbers of special needs...
  • Scottish Parliament: Neurological Conditions (Young People) 3 Mar 2016

    Will the First Minister tell us whether the Neurological Alliance of Scotland, which is the group of organisations that represent patients, has in fact received money? The direct grant for those organisations was stopped, but their indirect grant through the Neurological Alliance was the subject of discussion. Will the First Minister confirm that they have been funded?

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Former Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2016 — Election

Also represented Ochil

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