Sharon Dowey

Conservative MSP for South 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: Scottish Independence (Support) 7 Dec 2022

    There is global inflation and a cost of living crisis. Families, workers and businesses are struggling with bills. Our public services need investment, our hospitals need support and our schools need funding. Those are the top priorities for people across Ayrshire and all of Scotland, and another referendum is the last thing that people need right now. Will the cabinet secretary scrap the...
  • Scottish Parliament: Pharmacists (Recruitment) 30 Nov 2022

    2. To ask the Scottish Government how many pharmacists have been recruited into primary care since 2018. (S6O-01621)
  • Scottish Parliament: Pharmacists (Recruitment) 30 Nov 2022

    In Ayrshire and Arran, there is a real problem with pharmacy staff shortages. Planned pharmacy closures and reduced opening hours are becoming the norm, and that was never heard of before. That situation can make it more difficult for vulnerable people to pick up prescriptions, it can impact people who work irregular hours, and it puts more strain on other health services that are open. I...

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Conservative MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 8 May 2021 — Election

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This data was produced by TheyWorkForYou from a variety of sources. Voting information from Public Whip.