Graham Simpson

Conservative MSP for Central Scotland


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.

Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 24 Jun 2021

    I thank you, Presiding Officer, for accepting my amendment, which is the same amendment that I spoke to yesterday, when it was in a group with another amendment. It is not my practice to bring back amendments that have already been debated, but we ended up in a pretty strange situation yesterday. My amendment yesterday was on licensing boards. The other amendment, which was in the name of...
  • Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 24 Jun 2021

    I will press amendment 1 and I assure the Deputy First Minister that my career chances were over some time ago. [ Laughter .] My colleagues will, no doubt, testify to that. I am not a mind reader, but I was trying to delve into the Deputy First Minister’s mind from afar and I seem to have got that right. I welcome his comments. Amendment 1 agreed to.
  • Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 24 Jun 2021

    I had better say something, seeing as Murdo Fraser has teed me up. [ Interruption .] It is too late for that. I want to comment on amendment 11, in the name of Paul Sweeney. Mr Sweeney has got it completely wrong. The bill is classed as emergency legislation—we do not see it as that, but that is the way that we are dealing with it. Mr Sweeney seemed to want to introduce a wider transport...

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Conservative MSP for Central Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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