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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 their Constituency

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

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Colin does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Colin has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Economic Development

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Colin has had 3 previous roles

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

28 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Substitute Member

09 January 2018 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

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

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 the League Against Cruel Sports.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

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

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 member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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

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: 23 September 2021

Prestwick Airport

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Yesterday, the First Minister visited Prestwick airport, where the elephant in the room was the future of the airport itself. The chief executive of Edinburgh Airport has said that Prestwick is “doomed”…

Chamber meeting date: 23 September 2021

Brexit (Food and Drink Industry)

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Last week, the cabinet secretary said that plans for a border control post at Cairnryan were on hold because of uncertainties over funding. I would have thought that funding would have been agreed before the proposal was announced…

Chamber meeting date: 23 September 2021

Decarbonising Scotland’s Transport

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Does the minister acknowledge that the Government’s plans for the electrification of our railways exclude many parts of the network, including the stretch from Girvan to Stranraer…

Chamber meeting date: 22 September 2021

ScotRail

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The decisions that we take in the coming months will shape the future of Scotland’s railways, and by doing so they will shape our response to the climate crisis…

Chamber meeting date: 22 September 2021

National Eye Health Week 2021

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Stuart McMillan for lodging a motion on national eye health week…

Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01328.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Sarah Boyack, Foysol Choudhury, Rhoda Grant, Richard Leonard, Carol Mochan, Paul O'Kane, Anas Sarwar, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Result 53 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01302.2

Taking Action on the NHS and Ambulance Crisis

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Stephen Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Result 53 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01300

ScotRail

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, September 20, 2021

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Result 68 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01328

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Result 68 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01302.3

Taking Action on the NHS and Ambulance Crisis

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Result 68 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

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. S6W-03016

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has provided to bus operators in receipt of government funding on returning services to pre-pandemic levels."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03011

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to enforce the wearing of face coverings on ScotRail trains."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03018

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on banning greyhound racing."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02315

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people have received a different COVID-19 vaccine for their second dose than the one they received for their first dose, broken down by the circumstances in which this has occurred."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 14 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02763

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to promote the wearing of helmets by cyclists."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02324

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take to tackle the issue of nuisance gulls in town centres in situations where growing gull populations are impacting on the quality of life of residents."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 9 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02314

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason people under 40 who were given the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for their first dose, prior to the recommendation that this age group should receive an alternative vaccine, are not being offered the option of an alternative vaccine for their second dose."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 25 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-00562

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to update crofting law in the current parliamentary session, and what timeline it has for publishing any legislation."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 22 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00170

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish Phase 2 of the Strategic Transport Projects Review 2."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 4 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00176

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the analysis of the feedback on the Phase 1 Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 Recommendations."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 4 June 2021

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