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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Colin Smyth

Scottish Labour

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Colin Smyth

Contact details

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Committees

Cross-party groups

Colin is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Colin does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Colin has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Constitution

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Europe

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Colin has had 8 previous roles

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

19 December 2017 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Telecommunications

Scottish Labour

02 September 2019 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

04 October 2018 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Labour

04 October 2018 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

08 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Labour

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Chief Whip

Scottish Labour

Register of interests

Colin'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 Colin Smyth. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 31 May 2016 I was a volunteer coordinator at Parkinson’s UK, a charity organisation (of 215 Vauxhaull Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EJ). I received remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum and worked 35 hours per week.

Until 4 May 2017, when I stood down, I was a senior councillor for Dumfries and Galloway Council (of English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD). I worked approximately 20 hours per week and I received remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 per annum. I donated my salary to local and national good causes/charities. [Amended interest 09 May 2017]

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

I am member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. [Registered 3 April 2018]

I am a member of the League Against Cruel Sports.

I am Chairperson of the Dumfries and Galloway Fairtrade Steering Group. [Registered 9 November 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 3 April 2019]

I am a member of GMB Union.

I am a member of Parkinson’s UK.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

I am Chairperson of the Eastriggs Railway Station Action Group (ERSAG). [Registered 9 November 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Colin Smyth 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

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

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The bill represents a positive step for Scotland’s agriculture sector and our animal welfare standards, so Scottish Labour is happy to support it. I thank Emma Harper for introducing it…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps)

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The Scottish Government’s strategic framework is silent, in its timetable for easing restrictions—as was the First Minister today—on the important issue for my South Scotland constituents of cross-border travel…

Chamber meeting date: 17 March 2021

Independence Referendum (Publication of Draft Bill)

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Ian Blackford has said that another independence referendum could take place this year. He cited the cabinet secretary’s comment that there should be six months between the legislation and the referendum…

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 17 March 2021

Digital Connectivity

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "My questions are about the central and south lots of the R100 programme…

Chamber meeting date: 17 March 2021

Scotland’s Railway

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I welcome today’s announcement. The cabinet secretary is a late convert to something that I have been calling for him to do for some time…

Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth 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 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 for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Colin Smyth 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-35935

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the waterfront in Stranraer was ruled out as its preferred location for a Border Control Post."

Answered by: Michael Russell on 18 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35934

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government where its preferred location in Cairnryan is for a Border Control Post."

Answered by: Michael Russell on 18 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35936

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government who it consulted with when determining its preferred location of Cairnryan for a Border Control Post."

Answered by: Michael Russell on 18 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35510

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for how long it expects CalMac Ferries to operate the service to Arran from Troon Harbour during the construction phase of the Ardrossan Harbour upgrade project."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35507

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the impact that the (a) COVID-19 pandemic and (b) public contract with the Ferguson Marine for the Hull 801 has had on the delivery of the Ardrossan Harbour upgrade project."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35509

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the most recent evaluation report on road equivalent tariff (RET), and which members of the working group produced the report."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 15 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35751

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-35100 by Mairi Gougeon on 18 February 2021, in light of the delay of the reviews of the SIGN guidelines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, what consideration it has given to Healthcare Improvement Scotland providing temporary endorsement for NHS Scotland to follow the current NICE…

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 15 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35659

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact that freeports might have on the (a) National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan to 2022 and (b) Strategic Transport Projects Review 2."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35608

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the feasibility study for the former Ayr Station Hotel."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35593

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the potential impact on Scotland of the UK Government's consultation on changes to the Electronic Communications Code."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 12 March 2021

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