Ben Macpherson

Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

@BenMacpherson

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.

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  • Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 7 Oct 2021

    I thank members for their contributions on the amendments. The Government shares the sentiment that members have expressed about the gratitude to, respect for, and recognition of carers throughout Scotland. It is from that sentiment that we introduced a bill to support carers and to provide the additional support that we intend to provide in the months ahead for the festive period if the bill...
  • Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 7 Oct 2021

    I am not clear whether that is an accurate quote from Ms Baillie, but what I recall, as a citizen of Scotland, is that the Scottish National Party Government took action to mitigate that poor choice by a Westminster Government. However, would it not be better if those decisions were not put our way? The Scottish Government makes political and financial choices every year within its fixed...
  • Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 7 Oct 2021

    I think that that is what I said. We have a largely fixed budget—[ Interruption .] I will correct myself and say that we have a largely fixed budget, with limited powers. However, Jackie Baillie, as somebody who sat on the Smith commission and knows the fiscal framework well—

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Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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