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Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Valneva Covid-19 Vaccine 14 Sep 2021

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The first topical question related to vaccination passports, and there was great interest in asking additional questions to seek clarification on the matter. I ask your advice on how we can persuade the Government to give a ministerial statement on it, so that the significant number of outstanding questions can be answered.
  • Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Designated Status) 14 Sep 2021

    I echo Stephen Kerr’s conclusion that this is a good opportunity to clarify the situation that arose over the weekend. This is possibly a situation in which better communication at the start might have avoided that. I know that that is challenging, given that much of the evidence that the SPCB receives from the police is confidential—rightly so—and the corporate body makes decisions...
  • Scottish Parliament: Mobile Abattoirs 2 Sep 2021

    3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any progress that has been made on the use of mobile abattoirs. (S6O-00083)

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Profile

Labour MSP for South Scotland, Former Labour MP for East Lothian

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 2017 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 8 May 2021 — Election

Also represented East Lothian

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Expenses

Topics of interest

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Treasury
  • Department for Transport
  • Home Office
  • Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis
  • Royal Bank of Scotland: Asset Protection Agency
  • Social Security Benefits: Scotland
  • Universal Credit
  • North Sea Oil: Pipelines

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons) (5 Feb 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from ComRes, Four Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, for surveys:
2 November 2018, payment of £75 for a survey in September 2018. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 13 November 2018)
20 December 2018, payment of £75 for a survey in October 2018. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 21 December 2018)
15 March 2019, payment of £75 for a survey in December 2018. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
12 April 2019, payment of £75 for a survey in January 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
21 May 2019, payment of £75 for a survey in February 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
21 May 2019, payment of £75 for a survey in March 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
12 August 2019, payment of £75 for a survey in April 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
9 September 2019, payment of £75 for survey in May 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 10 September 2019)
9 September 2019, payment of £75 for survey in June 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 10 September 2019)
31 October 2019, payment of £75 for a survey in September 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 31 October 2019)
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for surveys:
7 December 2018, payment of £100 for a survey in October 2018. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 14 December 2018)
20 December 2018, payment of £200 for a survey in November 2018. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 21 December 2018)
15 March 2019, payment of £70 for a survey in December 2018. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
15 March 2019, payment of £30 for a survey in January 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
18 March 2019, payment of £80 for a survey in February 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
5 April 2019, payment of £50 for a survey in March 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
16 May 2019, payment of £60 for a survey in April 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
31 July 2019, payment of £80 for a survey in June 2019. Hours: approx. 30 mins. (Registered 12 August 2019)
28 August 2019, payment of £40 for a survey in July 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 29 August 2019)
29 October 2019, payment of £60 for a survey in September 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 30 October 2019)
17 June 2019, payment of £120 from Leftfield Associates (market research), 181 Union Street, London SE1 0LN, for a survey. Hours: 1 hr. Fee donated to charity. (Registered 24 June 2019)
28 August 2019, payment of £200 from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for a survey. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 29 August 2019)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Musselburgh Racecourse
Address of donor: Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7RG

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: badge for the racecourse in 2018, with an estimated value of £400

Date received: 15 January 2018

Date accepted: 15 January 2018

Donor status: other

(Registered 02 February 2018)
Name of donor: Musselburgh Racecourse
Address of donor: Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7RG

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: two badges for the racecourse in 2019, with an estimated total value of £420

Date received: 1 January - 31 December 2019

Date accepted: 1 January 2019

Donor status: other

(Registered 22 February 2019)
8. Miscellaneous
Council Member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland. (Registered 05 July 2017)
Trustee of the Burke-Veitch Scholarship. (Registered 05 July 2017)
Trustee Treasurer of Friends of Cuthill Park. (Registered 05 July 2017)
Trustee of Garden Elf. (Registered 05 July 2017)

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