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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alison Johnstone

Scottish Green Party

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - present day

About Alison Johnstone

Contact details

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Committees

Cross-party groups

Alison is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alison has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Presiding Officer's Advisory Group

Member

Scottish Commission For Public Audit

Member

Party Roles

Alison has 5 party roles

Party Leader

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Green Party

Previous roles

Alison has had 8 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

27 November 2014 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Member

27 November 2014 - 23 March 2016

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

29 October 2014 - 27 November 2014

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 November 2012 - 27 November 2014

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

01 November 2012 - 29 October 2014

Referendum Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

23 June 2011 - 01 November 2012

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

09 June 2011 - 01 May 2012

Scotland Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alison's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Alison Johnstone. The date of their initial statement was 18 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign.

I own a share, worth £250, in Harlow Hydro, a community hydropower scheme near Edinburgh. This is not greater than 1% of the total value of the share capital.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of Scottish Athletics.

I am a supporter of Shelter.

On 28 November I received a Hills and Harbour Gin Tasting Set (1 bottle of gin, plus two glasses) from the League Against Cruel Sports. The value of this gift was £44. [21 December 2017]

I am a supporter of UNICEF.

I own a share, worth £250, in Dig-In Brunstfield, a community greengrocer in Edinburgh. This is not greater than 1% of the total value of the share capital.

I am a member of Friends of Lagganlia.

I am a Scotland Committee Member of Fields in Trust (operating name of the National Playing Fields Association).

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alison Johnstone has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Child Poverty

4. Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "I, too, send my most sincere sympathies to all those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic, and my most grateful thanks to all those who are working on the front line. The link between poverty and educational attainment cannot be overstated…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Motion of Thanks

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "I associate myself with colleagues’ remarks. I thank Linda Fabiani, and I, too, fondly remember working with Alex Johnstone in committee. I am pleased to support the motion that is in the First Minister’s name…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps)

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "On this national day of reflection, on behalf of the Scottish Green Party, I send my deepest sympathies to all those who have lost a loved one in the most challenging of times, particularly when our ability to grieve together has been so impacted…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Drug Deaths and Harms

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "I confirm the Scottish Greens’ support for the Government motion, with its frank admission of failure with regard to drug deaths. That is, indeed, “a mark of shame” on our nation…

Chamber meeting date: 16 March 2021

Covid-19

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "The fact that we are in a position to start planning to reopen things and get our lives back will be welcomed by everyone. As always, the Scottish Greens support a cautious approach…

Votes

How Alison Johnstone has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alison Johnstone has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alison Johnstone has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S5W-35523

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether people living with HIV will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine through their HIV clinic, as is the case in England and Wales."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35524

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is being provided to English language schools that have had to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35574

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what data it is collecting regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of BAME people."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35530

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports that the mental health of BAME men has been the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 5 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35521

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it engages with people who have lived experienced of long-term COVID-19 symptoms when devising support for people with long-COVID."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 4 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35226

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what support is being provided to student social workers who are unable to obtain placements and whose qualification might be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Richard Lochhead on 1 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33757

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents involving snaring have been reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland in each calendar year since 2017, also broken down by how many subsequent (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were."

Answered by: James Wolffe QC on 17 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33874

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what COVID-19-related business support is available to cattery and kennel businesses, in light of reports that some have been advised that their business does not fall into a category where such support is available."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33875

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to businesses that are not required to close by the COVID-19 restrictions but are experiencing financial difficulties because of the impact of the pandemic and the restrictions that are in place elsewhere on the amount of business that they can carry out."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 14 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33684

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 2 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that (a) people on low incomes, (b) older people and (c) vulnerable people are supported to (i) acquire, (ii) install and (iii) maintain in working order the smoke and heat alarm equipment specified in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 9 December 2020

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