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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Edward Mountain

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2016 - present day

About Edward Mountain

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @1edmountain

Facebook: Edward's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6143
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Regional Office
10 Drummond Street
Inverness
IV1 1QD

Phone: 01463 230 777
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Edward is a member of 4 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Edward has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Edward does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Edward has had 13 previous roles

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

01 February 2023 - 29 June 2023

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 2021 - 29 June 2023

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Veterans

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 September 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Substitute Member

08 September 2022 - 20 September 2022

Net Zero Energy and Transport Committee

Member

21 May 2021 - 20 May 2022

Deputy Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

15 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Convener

15 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

conveners group

Member

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Edward'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 Edward Mountain. The date of their initial statement was 10 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a partner in and owner of 50% of Delfur Fishings, of Moray, a rod and line salmon fishing. I expect to spend in the region of an average of 2 hours a week on this role. In 2017 I received £10,000 income from this fishery. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

I am a Partner in Delfur Farms Farming Partnership, of Moray, a farming business with ancillary residential lettings. I draw down capital to cover utilities and insurance for my home of between £40,001 and £45,000 per annum. I expect to spend in the region of an average of 4 hours a week overseeing the business. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

Gifts

On Monday 28th November 2022, I received £1200 from MacDonald Hotels & Resorts (Whiteside House, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 2RX) as sponsorship for my 2022 Christmas card. [Registered 14 December 2022]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. I currently receive no rental income from this property. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a croft in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a 50% share of a rod and line salmon fishing in Moray, operated by Delfur Fishings, which has a total market value of between £7,600,001 and £7,700,000. The property yields a gross annual income in the range £230,001 – £240,000. [Amended interest 22 November 2022, Amended interest 30 March 2023, Amended interest 16 November 2023]

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a reserved service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £500,001 and £600,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. This farmhouse is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own dog kennels, which is a potential building site, in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. [Amended interest 22 November 2022]

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000.

I own approximately 460 acres of farmland in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £2,000,001 and £2,100,000. [Amended interest 16 May 2023]

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £500,001 and £600,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property. [Amended interest 30 March 2023]

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

I own ordinary shares in HSBC with a value of £55,588.

Voluntary

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A cheque for £100 was made payable to Moray Riding for the Disabled and issued and posted by PA Advocacy on 4 October 2017.

I completed an MSP survey for Savanta ComRes and, in return, a donation of £75 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled.

On 9 March 2019, as a guest of BT Scotland, I attended the Six On Nations Rugby match at Murrayfield. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration.

On 16th March 2023, I received a cheque for £75 for my nominated charity of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity from Savanta ComRes for completing a survey. [Registered 30 March 2023]

On Wednesday 16 November 2016 I attended a dinner hosted by the Port of Cromarty Firth, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On 4th December 2023, a payment was made for £65 to my nominated charity of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity from Savanta for completing a Savanta ComRes MSP survey. [Registered 6 December 2023]

I completed an MSP survey for ComRes Ltd and, in return, a donation of £50 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled.

On 5th April 2022, I received a cheque for £55 for my nominated charity of Moray Riding for the Disabled from Savanta ComRes for completing a survey. [Registered 11 April 2020]

On 6 February 2017, I received a cheque for £100 to my nominated charity of 'Guide Dogs for the Blind', from ScottishPower Energy Retail Ltd.

On 18th October 2023, I received a cheque for £75 for my nominated charity of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity from Yonder Consulting Limited, for completing a survey. [Registered 26 October 2023]

On Wednesday 22 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with Serco Group Plc, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On 1 November 2017 I attended the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Annual Dinner 2017 in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On Saturday 8 February 2020, I attended the Scotland v England Rugby match at Murrayfield as a guest of BT. The approximate cost of the hospitality was £250.

On Tuesday 8th November 2022, I attended a private dinner with Serco Group, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration. [Registered 22 November 2022]

On 9th February 2023, I attended the National Farmers' Union of Scotland Annual Dinner at The Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow as a guest of NFUS. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration. [Registered 9 March 2023]

I am an unremunerated Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (usual cost of membership is in the region of £356).

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A bank transfer of £100 was made payable to MacMillan Cancer Research, Speyside Branch after notifying the details on 1 December 2020.

On Tuesday 14 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with EE (hosted by Kate Forbes MSP and Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland, Managing Director BT Regions) in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On 2 October 2019 I attended the Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony and Dinner at The Sheraton Grand Hotel as a guest of Scottish Land and Estates. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration.

On 6th July 2023, I received a cheque for £75 for my nominated charity of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity from Savanta for completing a survey. [Registered 20 July 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Edward Mountain 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: 20 February 2024

National Health Service (Capital Projects)

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "To solve the Moray maternity issue, the Scottish Government promised £5 million of investment in Raigmore hospital’s maternity unit. That is now on hold…

Chamber meeting date: 20 February 2024

Social Security

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. As you said to us earlier, respect should be shown to people across the chamber…

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 7 February 2024

Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I am pleased to be here to speak to my amendments. Before I do so, I will make a full declaration of my interests, so that people are aware of them. I have attended the committee before, but I would like to reiterate my interests…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

Budget 2024-25

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee…

Chamber meeting date: 31 January 2024

HMP Highland (Budget)

3. Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it anticipates that the total cost of HMP Highland will remain within the £139.5 million budget by its planned completion in June 2025. (S6O-03032)"

Votes

How Edward Mountain has voted in Parliament

Find out how Edward Mountain has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12203.1

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Jeremy Balfour, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 30 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12203.2

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Supported by: Neil Bibby, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 53 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12210

Appointment of Scottish Minister

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 58 for, 8 against, 21 abstained, 42 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12211

Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 57 for, 9 against, 21 abstained, 42 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12203

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Paul McLennan, Emma Roddick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Edward Mountain has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03032

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it anticipates that the total cost of HMP Highland will remain within the £139.5 million budget by its planned completion in June 2025."

Taken in the Chamber on 31 January 2024

Question ref. S6O-03003

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to take any action on any concerns that it may have regarding the 2018 GP contract in relation to rural practices."

Taken in the Chamber on 24 January 2024

Question ref. S6O-02870

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to propose the scheduling of time for a ministerial statement on the dualling of the A9."

Taken in the Chamber on 13 December 2023

Question ref. S6T-01673

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 4 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the declaration by more than 20 countries from four continents at COP28 to triple nuclear energy capacity by 2050, recognising the key role of nuclear energy in reaching net zero, for what reason it is reportedly discounting nuclear power."

Taken in the Chamber on 5 December 2023

Question ref. S6O-02858

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on enabling patients to access all of their primary and secondary care medical records, from one source."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 December 2023

Question ref. S6O-02816

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what single-use items will be removed from the Baby Box, in light of the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill."

Taken in the Chamber on 30 November 2023

Question ref. S6F-02557

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 November 2023

"To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government policy to require households to replace their fossil fuel boilers with heat pumps or other green energy systems in off gas properties from 2025 and in on gas areas from 2030 is still going ahead."

Taken in the Chamber on 23 November 2023

Question ref. S6O-02796

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when SPCB staff were notified by Michael Matheson of his holiday to Morocco and intention to take a parliamentary device abroad."

Taken in the Chamber on 23 November 2023

Question ref. S6O-02757

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to propose a parliamentary debate on waiting times for elective care for both outpatient and inpatient appointments."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 November 2023

Question ref. S6W-22736

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what the results were of its summer investigation into Highly Protected Marine Areas, and when it will publish its findings in full."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 15 November 2023

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