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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Ben Macpherson

Scottish National Party

MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Ben Macpherson

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @BenMacpherson

Facebook: Ben's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 600 0134
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

34 Constitution Street
Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6RS

Phone: 0131 600 0134
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Ben is a member of 4 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Medicinal Cannabis

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poverty

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Ukraine

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Ben does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Ben does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Ben has had 14 previous roles

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

26 April 2023 - 05 September 2023

Education Children and Young People Committee

Deputy Convener

29 June 2023 - 05 September 2023

Net Zero Energy and Transport Committee

Member

18 April 2023 - 29 June 2023

Equalities Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Substitute Member

18 April 2023 - 29 June 2023

Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee

Member

18 April 2023 - 26 April 2023

Education Children and Young People Committee

Member

19 May 2021 - 29 March 2023

Minister for Social Security and Local Government

Scottish Government

21 December 2020 - 19 May 2021

Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment

Scottish Government

17 February 2020 - 21 December 2020

Minister for Public Finance and Migration

Scottish Government

28 June 2018 - 17 February 2020

Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development

Scottish Government

14 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Office of the First Minister

Scottish Government

14 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the First Minister

Scottish Government

06 October 2016 - 28 June 2018

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

08 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Social Security Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Justice Committee

Member

Register of interests

Ben'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 Ben Macpherson. The date of their initial statement was 24 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 4 February 2017 myself and a guest attended the Scotland v Ireland match at Murrayfield as hospitality guests of BT Scotland (a telecommunications company of BT Group plc, BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ). The combined value of the two tickets was £1390 + VAT.

Overseas visits

From 3 to 25 February 2024 I visited the United States of America as a participant in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. I participated in this particular three week professional exchange program with a range of other participants from Europe and Asia, considering various global challenges. The costs of travel, accommodation, meals and other occasional expenses were $9,284 USD (equivalent to £7339, at the closing exchange rate on 29 February 2024) and were met by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (of 2201 C St., NW Washington, DC 20520, United States of America), an organisation that aims to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through exchange programmes. [Registered 29 February 2024]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I was a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). [Amended interest 16 May 2023, Ceased interest 16 May 2023]

I am registered on the roll of Scottish Solicitors.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Ben Macpherson 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: 16 April 2024

Decision Time

Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. May I check that my vote has been recorded as well?"

Chamber meeting date: 26 March 2024

Higher Education (Access)

Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP): "We are all aware of the difference that fair access to higher education can make to our personal lives and stories…

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting date: 26 March 2024

Natural Capital Finance

Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP): "Good morning, panel, and thank you for your time. I have two questions…

Chamber meeting date: 20 March 2024

Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP): "As somebody who does not like nonsensical waste and believes in the efficient use of resources as reasonably as possible, I believe in the circular economy as a good in itself. The circular economy is not a new concept, but it is a re-emerging trend…

Education, Children and Young People Committee meeting date: 20 March 2024

Additional Support for Learning Inquiry

Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP): "Good morning, cabinet secretary. On Mr Greer’s points, the human rights bill might be a vehicle for primary legislative change on some of these matters. I thought it might be of interest to mention that for the record…

Votes

How Ben Macpherson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Ben Macpherson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12864.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Pam Gosal, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Douglas Ross, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Result 53 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 15 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12845.2

Scotland’s International Culture Strategy

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Result 29 for, 70 against, 19 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12845

Scotland’s International Culture Strategy

Submitted by: Angus Robertson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Supported by: Kaukab Stewart
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Result 66 for, 29 against, 23 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12845.1

Scotland’s International Culture Strategy

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Result 23 for, 93 against, 1 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12111

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Result 89 for, 0 against, 31 abstained, 9 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Ben Macpherson has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6W-26192

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the third supplementary to question S6O-02854 by Jenni Minto on 7 December 2023, what its response is to the reported concerns of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) organisations and people with ME regarding the way that the Scottish Good Practice Statement (SGPS) on ME-CFS was updated, including…

Answered by Jenni Minto on 15 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26633

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 3 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to address the barriers to the implementation of the NICE guidelines on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) identified in the recent survey of NHS boards in Scotland, and how it is fostering consensus amongst the people involved in implementing the NICE guidelines."

Answer expected on 1 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03178

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is taking forward the work and priorities of its Ministerial Population Taskforce."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03130

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving, in collaboration with Police Scotland, to the possibility of establishing a new Leith police station within the Scottish Government's Victoria Quay building."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-02947

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to tackle violence in schools and the impact that this is having on both pupils and staff."

Taken in the Chamber on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24092

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when the final Solar Vision and draft Bioenergy Policy Statement will be published."

Answered by Neil Gray on 20 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23178

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it would consider keeping the canteen open in a limited capacity on business days from 2.30 pm to 3…

Answered by Claire Baker MSP (on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Bo on 6 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23345

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when the Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research will be published."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 28 November 2023

Question ref. S6O-02811

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure the sustainability of healthcare services in Edinburgh, in light of the significant increase in the population of the Lothian region in recent years."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 November 2023

Question ref. S6O-02725

Asked by: Macpherson, Ben, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 November 2023

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