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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Elaine Smith

Scottish Labour

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston (Constituency) 1999 - 2016

About Elaine Smith

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Elaine is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Elaine is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Elaine does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Elaine does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Elaine has had 20 previous roles

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

02 September 2019 - 03 March 2021

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

02 September 2019 - 01 March 2021

Party Business Convener

Scottish Labour

16 November 2020 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality

Scottish Labour

09 January 2018 - 05 September 2019

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

09 January 2018 - 05 September 2019

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

19 December 2017 - 02 September 2019

Party Spokesperson for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality

Scottish Labour

16 June 2016 - 20 September 2018

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

15 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

08 June 2016 - 08 September 2016

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

26 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

20 September 2007 - 24 May 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Substitute Member

19 June 2007 - 20 March 2009

Equal Opportunities Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 26 June 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

13 June 2007 - 19 June 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

30 June 2005 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 23 August 2004

Communities Committee

Member

29 March 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 31 March 2003

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Elaine'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 Elaine Smith. The date of their initial statement was 25 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

I received sponsorship of between £1,001 and £2,000 from UNISON to fund the services of a research assistant to provide eight days research from 3 to 31 March 2004 on the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Between 7 June 2002 and 18 November 2004 I received sponsorship by way of assistance from Govan Law Centre to assist me in developing the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill. The value of this sponsorship was between £5,001 and £10,000.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

My husband and I own £2 of shares in McQuick Ltd, a manufacturing company. This constitutes 66.6% of the issued share capital.

Voluntary

I am a director of McQuick Ltd (Bagpipe Covers). I receive no remuneration for this position.

I am a member of Unite.

I am a member of the General Teaching Council.

I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC).

I am a member of Scottish Friends of Palestine.

From 22 February 2019 I am a Patron on Missio Scotland. I receive no remuneration for this position. [Registered 22 February 2019]

I am a member of CND.

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 20 February 2018]

I am Convener of the RMT Scottish Parliamentary Group.

I am an Ambassador for St Andrews Hospice Airdrie. I receive no remuneration for this position.

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Elaine Smith 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

Point of Order

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. As we are going into recess for the election after today, can you advise on how the Scottish Government can be held to account on regulations…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Cancer Pathway Review (Dumfries and Galloway)

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "On the issue of the reimbursement of patients’ travel expenses, will the Scottish Government consider reviewing the reimbursement of chronic pain patients who have been forced to travel to England and pay privately for pain relief because Scottish national health service pain clinics were closed during earlier lockdowns? Of course, some patients…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Statutory Right to Food

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "The First Minister might be aware that, last week, my bill proposal to enshrine the right to food into Scots law received enough cross-party support to proceed and has now been lodged…

Chamber meeting date: 11 March 2021

Point of Order

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I do not make this point of order lightly. I want to ask about parliamentary procedure under our standing orders. While I have been in the chamber today, I have seen a Tweet…

Chamber meeting date: 11 March 2021

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I wonder what the cabinet secretary has to say about the fact that, in debating the hate crime bill, I am now being accused of hate crime and could expect to have the police at my door."

Votes

How Elaine Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Elaine Smith 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 Elaine Smith 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-36173

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on the use of hydrogen to fuel ferries on publicly subsidised lifeline routes."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36168

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding employment conditions for merchant seafarers working on ferry routes between Scotland and Northern Ireland."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36197

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the impact the £1 billion cut in enhancements announced by the UK Government will have on protecting Network Rail infrastructure assets from weather-related impacts."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36198

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the proportion of inspections and works in the last five years in relation to protecting Network Rail infrastructure assets in Scotland that has been undertaken by (a) staff directly employed by Network Rail and (b) staff employed by sub contactors."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36169

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to put the Islands Connectivity Plan out to public consultation."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36178

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with (a) the UK Government, (b) trade unions and (c) employers regarding the introduction of an Energy Services Agreement covering workers employed by contractors in the offshore oil and gas sector."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36179

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding seafarer welfare on drill ships currently moored in the Port of Hunterston."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36191

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has received regarding whether the area around the Carmont derailment site was deemed to be an area of concern prior to the derailment."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36199

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what information or advice it has received regarding when the two taskforces, set up following the Stonehaven rail accident on 12 August 2021 to examine Networks Rails response to climate change, will report their findings."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36172

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with (a) Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, (b) CalMac Ferries and (c) Serco NorthLink Ferries regarding the decarbonisation of the ferries sector in line with its targets to reach Net Zero by 2045."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

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