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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

Contact online

Twitter: @colinsmythmsp

Facebook: Colin's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6986
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

17 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AT

Phone: 01387 279205
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Colin is a member of 17 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on China

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Future of Football in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Heart and Circulatory Diseases

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Japan

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Uplands Management

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wood Panel Industry

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Colin does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Colin has 5 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Economic Development

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Net Zero

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Colin has had 4 previous roles

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

29 September 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Substitute Member

09 January 2018 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

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 05 June 2021.

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 the League Against Cruel Sports.

I am member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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. I do not believe this meets the prejudice test.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

I am Chairperson of the Eastriggs Railway Station Action Group (ERSAG).

I am Chairperson of the Dumfries and Galloway Fairtrade Steering Group.

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. I do not believe this meets the prejudice test.

I am a member of GMB Union.

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: 2 February 2023

Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "This is another budget where the reality has fallen way short of the Government’s rhetoric…

Chamber meeting date: 31 January 2023

Youth Vaping

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Thank you to Siobhian Brown for lodging her motion for debate, providing a timely opportunity to discuss the phenomenal growth in vaping that has left behind both our understanding and regulation of e-cigarettes…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Strategic Transport Projects Review 2

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. The track record of this Government and cabinet secretary on transport projects is one of overpromising and underdelivering…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The minister is correct to say that the legislative consent memorandum asks us to consider only one discrete aspect of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill that is currently before the UK Parliament…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 25 January 2023

Disability Employment Gap

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I want to follow up on that point with Emma Congreve. Is the challenge the fact that there is such a cocktail of different funding pots that all have their own criteria and evaluation…

Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07727

Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater, Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 2, 2023

Result 68 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07710.2

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 24 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 90 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07735.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Roz McCall, Liz Smith, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 54 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07734.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Ross, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Colin Smyth has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-14564

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the proposed reduction in the Major Public Transport Projects budget for 2023-24 will have any impact on the delivery of the rail projects outlined in Transport Scotland’s Control Period 6 plans."

Answer expected on 27 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14565

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the proposed reduction in the Major Public Transport Projects budget for 2023-24 will have any impact on jobs and staffing across Network Rail Scotland, contractors and the wider supply chain."

Answer expected on 27 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-13411

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to promote the uptake of social security benefits by older people, including those who do not use the internet."

Answered by Ben Macpherson on 19 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13410

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is promoting the support available to help with the rising cost of living to people without access to the internet."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 19 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13270

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to Transform Scotland’s report, Fair Fares – Rebuilding Scotland’s Public Transport through Accessible and Affordable Ticketing."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 12 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13074

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to increasing the quantity of environmental bathing water sampling from six months a year to 12, in light of the increase in wild swimming as a hobby across Scotland, and the reported increased risk of sewage overflows in winter weather, and what its position is on whether checking for…

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 5 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13073

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with SEPA regarding any increased risk to bathing waters being below sufficient classifications for swimming in, during winter weather."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 5 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13005

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many active working groups there are that fall under the remit of (a) just transition, (b) net zero and (c) energy, and whether it will provide a list of these groups."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01735

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to close the autism spectrum employment gap."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12550

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding any impact on Scotland, what its position is on whether the UK Government should leave the Energy Charter Treaty."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 5 December 2022

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