Margaret McDougall

Former Labour MSP for West 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: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 22 Mar 2016

    Currently, the bill covers only the sharing of photographic images and film. Amendments 3 to 14, in my name, which are supported by Scottish Women’s Aid and others, seek to broaden the definition to include photographic images or film of an intimate situation; sound recordings containing intimate content; and any intimate written communication. The purpose of amendment 5 is to tackle a...
  • Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 22 Mar 2016

    I thank John Finnie for his support for my amendments. I know that the sending of abusive messages is a criminal offence, but the same does not always apply to the sharing of intimate material. My amendments would ensure that the sharing of all types of intimate material without permission would be covered under one bill. As I said during stage 2, the current offence in section 127 of the...
  • Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill 22 Mar 2016

    Thank you, Presiding Officer, for your kind words. I am disappointed that the Scottish Government rejected my amendments to the bill, and I will continue to push my case. As it stands, the section of the bill that deals with the illegal sharing of intimate images includes only “disclosing, or threatening to disclose ... a photograph or film which shows, or appears to show, another person...

More of Margaret McDougall’s recent appearances


Former Labour MSP for West Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2016 — Election

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