Joan McAlpine

Former Scottish National Party MSP for South Scotland


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: Broadband Roll-out (Dumfries and Galloway) 11 Mar 2021

    1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on broadband roll-out in Dumfries and Galloway. (S5O-05106)
  • Scottish Parliament: Broadband Roll-out (Dumfries and Galloway) 11 Mar 2021

    I welcome the progress that will be made in the coming months, which will give more residents and businesses access to broadband. The minister is aware that mobile connectivity is also a challenge in Dumfries and Galloway. What is the Scottish Government doing to improve that, bearing in mind that both broadband and mobile connectivity, as part of the telecommunications sector, are matters...
  • Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 10 Mar 2021

    A YouGov poll for UN Women UK that was published this week found that nearly every young woman in the United Kingdom had suffered sexual harassment. Claire Barnett, executive director of UN Women UK, pointed out that it is a human rights issue. As Ms Barnett said, “It’s just not enough for us to keep saying, ‘this is too difficult a problem for us to solve’—it needs addressing...

More of Joan McAlpine’s recent appearances


Former Scottish National Party MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

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

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