David Torrance

Scottish National Party MSP for Kirkcaldy


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: National Health Service and Social Care 18 Jan 2023

    The public health challenge that Scotland faces as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Over the past two and a half years, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and entire communities across the country. That cannot be ignored. It increased the demand for social care services, shone a light on the health...
  • Scottish Parliament: National Health Service and Social Care 18 Jan 2023

    I will not take any interventions from Labour Party members. They should listen to my comments on the legacy of their time in power, which is still affecting the NHS. The cabinet secretary and the First Minister have set out the action that the Scottish Government is taking to improve A and E waiting times. The £50 million urgent and unscheduled care collaborative will help to implement a...
  • Scottish Parliament: Surgical Mesh and Fixation Devices 17 Jan 2023

    I am pleased to close this extremely important debate on behalf of the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee. I thank my fellow committee members and the committee clerks, whose support, hard work and guidance for elected members is vital and is very much appreciated by the committee. I also thank colleagues who have contributed to today’s debate. After what the convener, the...

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Scottish National Party MSP for Kirkcaldy

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

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This data was produced by TheyWorkForYou from a variety of sources. Voting information from Public Whip.