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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Andy Wightman

Independent

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2020 - present day

Scottish Green Party

Former MSP for Lothian (Region) 2016 - 2020

About Andy Wightman

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @andywightman

Committees

Cross-party groups

Andy is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Andy has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

Party Roles

Andy does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Andy has had 4 previous roles

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

06 September 2018 - 19 December 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

29 September 2016 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Member

29 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Andy'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 Andy Wightman. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

On 16 May 2017 I received £500 remuneration from NEoN (North East of North) Ltd. (a digital arts charity of Chamber Building, 1-3 Panmure Street, Dundee DD1 1EP) for participation in Cateran's CommonWealth Festival. [Registered 02 June 2017]

On 3 April 2017 I received £450 for undertaking teaching and examination duties for the University of Glasgow School of Law (of University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ). This was a one-off engagement . [Registered 28 April 2017]

On 14 February 2017 I received £66 under the Public Lending Right (administered by the British Library, of the PLR office, the British Library, Stockton-on-Tees). The Public Lending Right ensures that British authors receive payment for the free lending of their books. On 15 February 2018 I received £58.06 under the Public Lending Right. On 1 February 2019 I received £48.56 under the Public Lending Right. On 27 February 2020 I received £26.10 under the Public Lending Right. [Registered 27 February 2017, Amended interest 10 September 2020]

On 19 June 2017 I received £150 from the University of Glasgow (of University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ) as a fee for participation in a Creative Conversations event on 5 December 2016. [Registered 30 June 2017]

Prior to my election I conducted research and writing on a full time basis, as a sole trader. In this financial year (2016-17) I received remuneration of approximately £7,200 for (a) work carried out and completed prior to the date of the election and (b) work commissioned prior to 5 May 2016 but not yet completed. I do not intend to take on any more work of this nature while serving as an MSP. On 12 August 2016 I received £2,725.80 of royalty payments for published books. In total, I received remuneration of between £10,001 and £15,000 this financial year (2016-17). On 31 August 2017 I received £2,396.54 in royalty payments from Birlinn Ltd. (a publishing company of West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS). Until 1 February 2019 I received subscription payments to www.whoownsscotland.org.uk which amounted to approximately £500 a month, on an ongoing basis. From 1 February 2019 I no longer receive subscription payments. On 31 August 2018 I received a royalties payment from Birlinn Ltd. of £1904.05. On 30 August 2019 I received a royalties payment of £1971.85 from Birlinn Ltd. On 28 August 2020, I received £1446.47 in royalty payments from Birlinn Ltd. [Amended interest 23 August 2016, Amended interest 30 June 2017, Amended interest 28 September 2017, Amended interest 29 October 2018, Amended interest 26 February 2019, Amended Interest 25 September 2019, Amended interest 9 September 2020]

On 18 November 2016 I received remuneration of £150 from Moray Council (of High Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1BX) for an appearance at the Spirit of Moray Book Festival. [Registered 12 December 2016]

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

On 11 October 2018, I attended COSLA's annual conference. COSLA met the cost of my overnight accommodation to a value of approximately £100 [Registered 29 October 2018]

I am an Honorary Fellow of the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

I am a Director of the Caledonia Centre for Social Development.

I own 2,453 shares in Standard Life plc.

I am currently defending an action for defamation in the Court of Session and have crowdfunded legal costs. From 14 June 2017 to 30 June 2017 I have received a total of £49,982.98. As of 13 May 2018, the sum received by way of aggregate gifts to support the defence of my defamation action was £59,153.71. As of 4 August 2019, the aggregate amount of gifts received was £168,182.56. [Registered 30 June 2017, Amended interest 29 October 2018, Amended 26 August 2019]

I own 500 x £1 shares in Lochbroom Community Renewables Ltd, a Community Benefit Society. [Registered 03 July 2017]

I own 10 X £50 shares in Apple Juice (Applecross) Ltd, a Community Benefit Society. On 24 August 2018 I received a £40 dividend. [Amended interest 29 October 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Andy Wightman 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: 23 March 2021

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Ind): "I should say in advance that I will take a little time in speaking to the amendments in group 1 because, although they are relatively minor in certain ways, they embody some fairly important principles about how Parliament operates…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

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

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Ind): "I am delighted to open the stage 3 debate on the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Ind): "Amendment 2 aims to ensure the operation of an effective statutory arbitration scheme. I am concerned that the scheme as proposed in the bill is not governed by the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010…

Chamber meeting date: 16 March 2021

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Ind): "I have a few comments to make on amendment 46, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The SPCB recognises the aim of amendment 46 to hold the Parliament to the same standard as other public authorities…

Local Government and Communities Committee meeting date: 10 March 2021

No Recourse to Public Funds

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Ind): "I thank everyone for their written evidence, which is useful in navigating what is a complicated legal landscape, as you have indicated…

Votes

How Andy Wightman has voted in Parliament

Find out how Andy Wightman 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 not voted

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 abstained

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 Andy Wightman 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-33975

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what it will do to further protect tenants over the festive period who may be facing eviction."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 10 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-32766

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 26 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what specific steps it has taken to inform homeowners of the changes introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019 since January 2019, and when it took these steps…

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 2 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-31815

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comment by the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning on 8 January 2020 that “we will review the tax treatment of short-term lets to ensure that they make an appropriate contribution to the communities that they operate in” (Official Report, c.37), what progress has been made…

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 29 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31657

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has granted permission for any mid-market rents for units funded through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme to exceed the mid-point of market rent levels for the relevant Broad Rental Market Area."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 22 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31653

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to communicate the availability of the rent adjudication service offered by Rent Service Scotland, in light of 0…

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 22 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31651

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the cost was of the initial data collection exercise by Capita for the High Rise Inventory on the construction and fire safety of high-rise domestic buildings."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 17 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31652

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the data in the High Rise Inventory on the construction and fire safety of high-rise domestic buildings was collected by (a) Capita and (b) ScotXed."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 17 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31655

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how much has been paid out in loans to date through the Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme, also broken down by local authority."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 16 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31656

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of how many applications to the Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme have cited (a) tenants facing difficulty in paying rent and (b) inability to find a new tenant as a reason for loss of rental income."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 16 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31654

Asked by: Wightman, Andy, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) applications, (b) offers and (c) loans have been made through the Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 16 September 2020

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