Colin Smyth

Labour MSP for South Scotland


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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (Greyhound Racing) 29 Jun 2022

    It is not just on unlicensed tracks such as Thornton that injuries and deaths of greyhounds take place. Over a three-year period, 15 dogs were killed at the licensed track at Shawfield and nearly 200 were injured, while numerous dogs were found with drugs in their systems. Surely the evidence is already clear that it is time for the Government to end this animal abuse once and for all and ban...
  • Scottish Parliament: In-patient Births (Galloway Community Hospital) 23 Jun 2022

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Dumfries and Galloway regarding the reinstatement of in-patient births at the community maternity unit within the Galloway community hospital. (S6O-01277)
  • Scottish Parliament: In-patient Births (Galloway Community Hospital) 23 Jun 2022

    It is four years—long before the pandemic—since in-patient births at the Galloway were halted because poor workforce planning meant that we had a chronic shortage of midwives. The minister will know that, in rural areas, not being able to fill even a couple of vacancies can mean that a service does not exist at all. Does the minister agree that it is utterly unacceptable that women in...

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Labour MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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