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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Douglas Ross

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2021 - present day

Former MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2016 - 2017

About Douglas Ross

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @douglas4moray

Facebook: Douglas's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6161
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

10 Drummond Street
Inverness
IV1 1QD

Phone: 01463 230777
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Douglas is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Douglas is a member of 2 cross-party groups

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Douglas does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Douglas has 1 party role

Party Leader

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Douglas has had 3 previous roles

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

19 May 2016 - 11 June 2017

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 11 June 2017

Justice Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 11 June 2017

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Douglas'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 Douglas Ross. The date of their initial statement was 17 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

On 8 September 2023 I received remuneration of £1,582.40 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £49.50 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Ross County vs St Johnstone match, a match fee of £190 and expenses of £161.10 for a Hearts vs Partick Thistle match, and a match fee of £450 and expenses of £281.80 for a St Mirren vs Aberdeen match. [Registered 10 September 2023]

I am the Member of Parliament for Moray (House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA). I attend the House of Commons weekly when it is in session. I receive salary and use of an iPad and laptop. I estimate the total combined value of this remuneration is between £85,001 and £90,000 per annum. During my time as an MSP and MP, I will be donating my MSP salary to local charities each month. My UK parliamentary business costs and expenses are made publicly available on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority website at www.theipsa.org.uk. [Amended interest 31 May 2023]

On 6 October 2023 I received remuneration of £893.25 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £108 and expenses of £157.95 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Falkirk vs Queen of the South match, and a match fee of £450 and expenses of £177.30 for a Rangers vs Motherwell match. [Registered 6 October 2023]

On 16 February 2024 I received remuneration of £747 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £49.95 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Ross County vs St Johnstone match and a match fee of £90 and expenses of £157.05 for a Spartans vs Clyde match. [Registered 19 February 2024]

On 13 January 2023 I received remuneration of £1,434.85 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £107 and expenses of £158.40 for serving as Assistant Referee in a FC Edinburgh vs Montrose match, a match fee of £445 and expenses of £116.55 for a Dundee United vs Hearts match, and a match fee of £445 and expenses of £162.90 for a Livingston vs Motherwell match. [Registered 16 January 2023]

On 12 April 2024 I received remuneration of £844.60 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £225 and expenses of £117 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Dundee v Rangers match, a match fee of £184 and expenses of £117 for a Dundee United v Inverness match, and a match fee of £108 and expenses of £93.60 for a Montrose v Falkirk match. [Registered 30 April 2024]

On 26 August 2022 I received remuneration of £211.25 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £173 and expenses of £38.25 for serving as Assistant Referee in an Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Cove Rangers match. [Registered 26 August 2022]

On 16 June 2023 I received remuneration of £1,248.20 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £157.50 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Hibernian vs Rangers match, and a match fee of £445 and expenses of £200.70 for an Ayr United vs Partick Thistle match. [Registered 21 June 2023]

On 19 May 2023 I received remuneration of £564.25 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £119.25 for serving as Assistant Referee in a St Johnstone vs Hibernian match. [Registered 29 May 2023]

On 12 August 2022 I received remuneration of £282.30 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £106 and expenses of £4.95 for serving as Assistant Referee in an Elgin City vs Queen of the South match and a match fee of £107 and expenses of £64.35 for a Peterhead vs Airdrieonians match. [Registered 26 August 2022]

On 10 July 2023 I received remuneration of £274.70 from Ross County Football Club (of Victoria Park, Jubilee Park Road, Dingwall, IV15 9QZ). This payment represented a match fee of £222.50 and expenses of £52.20 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Ross County vs Queens Park match. [Registered 14 July 2023]

On 23 December 2022 I received remuneration of £657.30 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £155 and expenses of £57.60 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Fraserburgh vs Arbroath match, a match fee of £173 and expenses of £38.70 for an Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee match, and a match fee of £89 and expenses of £144 for a East Fife vs Bonnyrigg Rose match. [Registered 3 January 2023]

On 24 February 2023 I received remuneration of £649.20 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £380 and expenses of £269.20 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Celtic vs St Mirren match. [Registered 24 February 2023]

On 22 September 2023 I received remuneration of £676.40 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £62.10 for serving as Assistant Referee in an Aberdeen vs Hibs match, and a match fee of £95 and expenses of £69.30 for a Cove Rangers vs Montrose match. [Registered 22 September 2023]

On 3 November 2023 I received remuneration of £284.80 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £220 and expenses of £64.80 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Peterhead vs Dundee United match. [Registered 14 November 2023]

On 10 May 2024 I received remuneration of £866.70 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £108 and expenses of £147.60 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Stirling Albion vs Queen of the South match, and a match fee of £450 and expenses of £161.10 for a Livingston vs Ross County match. [Registered 10 May 2024]

On 1 December 2023 I received remuneration of £645.75 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £195.75 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Kilmarnock vs Motherwell match. [Registered 1 December 2023]

On 21 October 2022 I received remuneration of £526.60 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £107 and expenses of £93.60 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Montrose vs FC Edinburgh match and a match fee of £173 and expenses of £153 for a Raith Rovers v Cove Rangers match. [Registered 31 October 2022]

On 22 December 2023 I received remuneration of £1,373.85 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £49.50 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Ross County vs Kilmarnock match, a match fee of £450 and expenses of £158.40 for a Hibs vs Aberdeen match, and a match fee of £108 and expenses of £157.95 for a Falkirk vs Kelty Hearts match. [Registered 8 January 2024]

On 2 December 2022 I received remuneration of £735.75 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £290.75 for serving as Assistant Referee in an Kilmarnock vs Hibs match. [Registered 8 December 2022]

On 10 February 2023 I received remuneration of £396.55 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £280 and expenses of £116.55 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Dundee United vs University of Stirling match. [Registered 22 February 2023]

On 2 February 2024 I received remuneration of £412.05 form the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £300 and expenses of £112.05 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Forfar vs Hibernian match. [Registered 12 February 2024]

On 19 January 2024 I received remuneration of £1,588.95 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £108 and expenses of £69.30 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Cove Rangers vs Alloa Athletic match, a match fee of £450 and expenses of £161.10 for a Hearts vs St Mirren match, a match fee of £450 and expenses of £195.75 for a Kilmarnock vs Dundee match, and a match fee of £90 and expenses of £64.80 for a Peterhead vs Spartans match. [Registered 19 January 2024]

On 18 November 2022 I received remuneration of £793.35 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £107 and expenses of £93.60 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Montrose vs Dunfermline match, a match fee of £107 and expenses of £144.45 for a Dunfermline vs Kelty Hearts match, and a match fee of £173 and expenses of £168.30 for a Partick Thistle vs Dundee match. [Registered 25 November 2022]

On 10 March 2023 I received remuneration of £211.70 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £173 and expenses of £38.70 for serving as Assistant Referee in an Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Hamilton Academical match. [Registered 17 March 2023]

On 24 March 2023 I received remuneration of £873.75 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £195.75 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Kilmarnock vs Motherwell match, and a match fee of £89 and expenses of £144 for an East Fife vs Forfar Athletic match. [Registered 24 March 2023]

On 26 April 2024 I received remuneration of £621.90 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £171.90 for Motherwell v Hibernian match. [Registered 30 April 2024]

On 11 August 2023 I received remuneration of £465.30 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £108 and expenses of £144 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Dunfermline vs Kilmarnock match, and a match fee of £108 and expenses of £105.30 for an Arbroath vs Montrose match. [Registered 22 August 2023]

On 9 September 2022 I received remuneration of £543.70 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £173 and expenses of £170.10 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Hamilton Academical v Raith Rovers match and a match fee of £107 and expenses of £93.60 for a Montrose v Kelty Hearts match. [Registered 27 September 2022]

On 6 April 2023 I received remuneration of £715.55 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £270.55 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Motherwell vs Rangers match. [Registered 12 April 2023]

On 23 September 2022 I received remuneration of £171.35 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £107 and expenses of £64.35 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Peterhead v Montrose match. [Registered 27 September 2022]

On 21 April 2023 I received remuneration of £1,004.20 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £280.90 for serving as Assistant Referee in a St Mirren vs Livingston match, and a match fee of £173 and expenses of £105.30 for an Arbroath vs Dundee match. [Registered 27 April 2023]

On 2 June 2023 I received remuneration of £561.55 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £116.55 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Dundee United vs Ross County match. [Registered 14 June 2023]

On 4 November 2022 I received remuneration of £252.80 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £89 and expenses of £163.80 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Bonnyrigg Rose v East Fife match. [Registered 4 November 2022]

On 20 October 2023 I received remuneration of £301 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £184 and expenses of £117 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Dundee United vs Queen’s Park match. [Registered 22 October 2023]

On 27 January 2023 I received remuneration of £1,091.50 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £445 and expenses of £272.80 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Motherwell vs Hibernian match, and a match fee of £173 and expenses of £200.70 for an Ayr United vs Arbroath match. [Registered 29 January 2023]

On 1 March 2024 I received remuneration of £812.70 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £108 and expenses of £93.60 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Montrose vs Edinburgh City match, and a match fee of £450 and expenses of £161.10 for a Hearts vs Motherwell match. [Registered 15 March 2024]

On 15 March 2024 I received remuneration of £645.75 from the Scottish Football Association (of Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). This payment represented a match fee of £450 and expenses of £195.75 for serving as Assistant Referee in a Kilmarnock vs Aberdeen match. [Registered 15 March 2024]

Gifts

On 4 July 2022 I attended the All England Tennis Club for The Championships as a guest of Diageo plc (a beverages company of 16 Great Malborough Street, London, W1F 7HS). The tickets and associated hospitality amounted to a total of £475. [Registered 2 August 2022]

On 12 September 2023, I attended the Scotland v England football match at Hampden as a guest of the Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association, Ian Maxwell (Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY). The cost of the ticket and hospitality, estimated by the Scottish Football Association, was £399. [Registered 3 October 2023]

On 16 July 2022 I attended The Open Golf Championships as a guest of Salmon Scotland (an industry representative body of 21 Calton Road, Edinburgh EH8 8 DL). The ticket and associated hospitality amounted to a total of £1,000. [Registered 4 August 2022]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

From 7 October to 13 October 2021, I was part of an MP delegation from the British-Qatari APPG to meet ministers and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qatar. Discussions centred around Qatar’s humanitarian and political response to the Afghanistan crisis, preparations for the World Cup, workers' rights reform and bilateral relations. On the 25th October the Embassy of Qatar confirmed the costs of the visit amounted to £7,856.24 and were met by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qatar (Qatar Embassy, 1 South Audley Street, London W1 1NB). [Registered 15 November 2021]

From 31 Jul to 5 August 2016, I was part of a fact-finding political delegation to Israel and the West Bank for Scottish Conservative MSPs. The costs of the visit amounted to £2,000 and were met by Conservative Friends of Israel (of CFI Ltd, PO BOx 72288, London, SW1P 9LB).

I am a member of the Scottish Senior Football Referees Association.

On 18 June 2021 I was a guest of the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport at the England v Scotland Euro 2020 Group Stage match at Wembley stadium.

On 12th August 2022, my wife and I were guests of Air Vice Marshall Ross Thomson and the RAF, 25 Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 1NX for a performance at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The estimated value for the evening including hospitality received was £773.48. [Registered 21 September 2022]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Douglas Ross 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 May 2024

Michael Matheson (Complaint)

1. Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Michael Matheson misused taxpayers’ money. He made a false claim for £11,000. He misled the public, the press and this Parliament. However, when the scandal came to light, the Scottish National Party circled the wagons and backed him to the hilt…

Chamber meeting date: 23 May 2024

ScotRail (Peak Fares Removal Pilot)

Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. In my questions to the First Minister, I asked whether he had made any personal representations in support of Michael Matheson…

Chamber meeting date: 22 May 2024

Priorities for Scotland

Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "John Swinney’s statement today on the approach that his Government will take confirms that he is the ultimate continuity candidate. Looking at his back benchers, I have to say that they seem bored listening to more of the same…

Chamber meeting date: 21 May 2024

Infected Blood Inquiry

Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "The infected blood inquiry and the report that was published yesterday delivered complete and absolute vindication for the campaigners who have fought for truth and justice for far too long—victims of the most appalling breach of trust by individuals and organisations that should have been there to help and protect them. Now, Sir Brian Langstaff…

Chamber meeting date: 16 May 2024

Out-of-hours Hospital Services (Skye)

1. Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "On Saturday, a woman tragically died at a music festival on Skye. At the same festival, 27-year-old Eilidh Beaton nearly lost her life when no ambulances were available. Eilidh told The Press and Journal: “I was coming in and out of consciousness…

Votes

How Douglas Ross has voted in Parliament

Find out how Douglas Ross has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 46

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 104 for, 8 against, 0 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 50

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 7 for, 87 against, 18 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 43

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 48 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 35

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 49 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 34

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 25 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Douglas Ross has asked

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

Question ref. S6F-03168

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 May 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 30 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03141

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 May 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 23 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03115

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 May 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 16 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03088

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 May 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 9 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03063

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 2 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03036

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 April 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 25 April 2024

Question ref. S6F-03005

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 April 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 18 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26162

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-25452 by Jenni Minto on 27 February 2024, whether the work planned by RSM UK includes analysis of the accommodation capacity required to ensure that parents do not have to leave their baby overnight under the new neonatal model of care; if so, what standard of provision this…

Answered by Jenni Minto on 26 March 2024

Question ref. S6F-02972

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 March 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 March 2024

Question ref. S6F-02940

Asked by: Ross, Douglas, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 March 2024

"Question to be taken in Chamber."

Taken in the Chamber on 21 March 2024

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