Michael Russell MSP

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Michael Russell MSP

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  • Member for: Argyll and Bute
  • Region: Highlands and Islands
  • Party: Scottish National Party

Michael is a member of the following Committees:

Michael is a member of the following Cross-Party Groups:

Parliamentary Activities

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Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

Thank you—that is very good of you. The article 50 letter triggered a two-year process, so the clock is ticking. The first response from the EU is due on 29 April. The second—and detailed—re...



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

Can I lay out what we understand to be the phases of withdrawal, and then perhaps Mr Ewing can fit the agricultural policy chang...



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

We will have to cope; otherwise, there will be a hiatus at the end of the process. This is not something that we volunteered for. I have had good discussions with the Faculty of Advocates, t...



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

The great repeal bill was meant to be published at the time of the Queen’s speech, but that speech will now be at least six weeks later than intended. I have disc...



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

As even Liam Fox has pointed out, the opportunities for world trade are presently diminishing, not increasing. In addition, we have considerable difficulties because of a protectionist Unite...



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

Have you an example?



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

The answer is no but, in the spirit of trying to work with people, which I believe that I should do, I am willing to hear examples if anybody brings them to me.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

I have just answered that question.



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

I have still not seen any evidence presented to me of those trading opportunities. Sometimes much is made of India and the possibility that we might be able to se...



Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 19 April 2017 [Draft] : 19 April 2017


Michael Russell

I shall do my best to be as brief as possible. We laid out in “Scotland’s Place in Europe” our proposals with regard to the four freedoms, of which freedom of movement is one of the more imp...

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult
S5M-05282.4: Child Tax Credit Cuts (Ruth Davidson)
Meeting Date: 25/04/2017
Result - For: 31, Against: 91 Abstain: 0
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AgainstDefeated
S5M-05282.1: Child Tax Credit Cuts (Kezia Dugdale)
Meeting Date: 25/04/2017
Result - For: 91, Against: 31 Abstain: 0
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ForCarried
S5M-05282.2: Child Tax Credit Cuts (Alison Johnstone)
Meeting Date: 25/04/2017
Result - For: 91, Against: 31 Abstain: 0
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ForCarried
S5M-05282: Child Tax Credit Cuts (Nicola Sturgeon)
Meeting Date: 25/04/2017
Result - For: 91, Against: 31 Abstain: 0
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ForCarried
S5M-05283: Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill (Derek Mackay)
Meeting Date: 25/04/2017
Result - For: 112, Against: 4 Abstain: 6
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ForCarried
S5M-04995: Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution (Derek Mackay)
Meeting Date: 25/04/2017
Result - For: 111, Against: 4 Abstain: 6
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S5M-05185.3: Defence Basing Reforms and the Impact on Scotland (Jackson Carlaw)
Meeting Date: 20/04/2017
Result - For: 31, Against: 80 Abstain: 0
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Not VotedDefeated
S5M-05185.1: Defence Basing Reforms and the Impact on Scotland (David Stewart)
Meeting Date: 20/04/2017
Result - For: 74, Against: 36 Abstain: 0
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S5M-05185: Defence Basing Reforms and the Impact on Scotland (Keith Brown)
Meeting Date: 20/04/2017
Result - For: 74, Against: 37 Abstain: 0
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Not VotedCarried
S5M-05172.3: Scotland's Economy (Keith Brown)
Meeting Date: 19/04/2017
Result - For: 62, Against: 55 Abstain: 0
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ForCarried

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Motion S5M-03858: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/02/2017 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-03427: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/01/2017 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-01412: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/09/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-01134.1: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/08/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-01109: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-00947: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-00936: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-00895: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/08/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-00716: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-00133: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/05/2016 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S5W-02079: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/08/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-02076: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-02077: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01335: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/07/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01299: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01300: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01298: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01291: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01289: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Question >>
Question S5W-01290: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/07/2016 Show Full Question >>

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