Ruth Davidson

Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central


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: Universities (Covid-19 Outbreaks) 24 Sep 2020

    1. This week, we have seen major Covid outbreaks in many of Scotland’s universities: so far, we are aware of significant spikes in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, with more than a thousand students being told to self-isolate. Realistically, we must expect that figure to rise, probably significantly, in the days ahead. Yesterday, the First Minister said that discussions on what may...
  • Scottish Parliament: Universities (Covid-19 Outbreaks) 24 Sep 2020

    Calls have been made previously, notably by Willie Rennie, for all international students to be tested. However, the circumstances now being faced at many of our universities clearly suggest that action is needed beyond that to halt the spread of the virus in the institutions and into the wider community. We know that the Scottish Government’s plans for walk-in testing centres included...
  • Scottish Parliament: Universities (Covid-19 Outbreaks) 24 Sep 2020

    I agree with the First Minister on the importance of contact tracing. In the spring, she stated the Government’s intention to recruit 2,000 contact tracers by the end of May. At the time she said, “It’s really important we have the capacity in place and the ability to increase that capacity in future should we need it.” This week, however, we learned that fewer than half—only...

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Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

Also represented Glasgow

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