Tom Arthur

Scottish National Party MSP for Renfrewshire South


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: M&Co (Closure) 7 Feb 2023

    The people affected by that development are our immediate priority. This is, of course, a difficult time for the company’s staff, their families and the local areas that are affected. I met the administrators of M&Co on 19 January to discuss the situation and to consider what support the Scottish Government could offer. Regrettably, the company has not secured a buyer. The Scottish...
  • Scottish Parliament: M&Co (Closure) 7 Feb 2023

    I echo Mr Bibby’s sentiments in recognising the tremendous workforce at M&Co. I have given an undertaking, and I am happy, to consider any proposals for further action that the Scottish Government can take. On the request for a task force, task forces often respond in a place-based manner. Given the disparate nature of the workforce across multiple sites, a task force might not be the best...
  • Scottish Parliament: M&Co (Closure) 7 Feb 2023

    Mr Bibby eloquently outlined many of the systemic challenges that our retail sector is facing, f rom changing consumer habits to the growth of online sales. We are taking a range of action through our retail industry leadership group, which is taking forward our retail strategy. We are progressing our town centre action plan. Indeed, I am co-chairing the first meeting of the town centre...

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Scottish National Party MSP for Renfrewshire South

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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