Bill Bowman

Former Conservative MSP for North East Scotland


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: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2021 18 Mar 2021

    This is my last speech here, and I would like to say a few words about my time in the Parliament. I joined the Parliament following a sad event—the untimely passing of Alex Johnstone—and I leave it following the untimely passing of my wife, Helen, last October. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve here, but I will always have bittersweet memories because of those two events....
  • Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2021 18 Mar 2021

    Of course. How could I resist one last chance to be corrected by Ivan McKee?
  • Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2021 18 Mar 2021

    No, I do not realise that—but I thank Ivan McKee for letting me know. The SNP Government’s total budget has risen to £44.1 billion in 2021-22. In comparison, the total budget for local government is rising to £11.6 billion. Furthermore, the amount of money that the Government gives to local authorities has fallen by about £270 million in real terms since 2013-14. That is despite the...

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Former Conservative MSP for North East Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 21 December 2016 — Appointed, regional replacement

Left the Scottish Parliament on 5 May 2021 — Dissolved for election

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