Brian Whittle

Conservative MSP for South 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

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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.

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Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths 17 Jun 2021

    I hope that you are sitting comfortably, Presiding Officer. Once again, I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak on what is a hugely important subject. As has already been said, Scotland has the unfortunate reputation of being the drug death capital of Europe. Our drug death rate is more than three and a half times that of the rest of the United Kingdom. My final speech in the previous...
  • Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths 17 Jun 2021

    I am only quoting the minister’s speech and the exchanges that we had the last time round. I must ask the question again: why has there been such a huge increase in street benzos compared with elsewhere in the United Kingdom? She must be able to answer that question if she is to develop a successful strategy. This week, I asked questions of some of those on the front line, from volunteers...
  • Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths 17 Jun 2021

    Angela Constance will be surprised to hear that I concur with her on that, and I would support such a call. A service user, who is now a volunteer, spoke to me about his journey in and out of prison and how recovery enterprises were the intervention that put him on a better path. He got out of prison at the end of the week. That is a practice that has to stop. As I have said over and over...

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Conservative MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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