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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2021 - present day

About Foysol Choudhury

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @FoysolChoudhury

Facebook: Foysol's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6761
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Phone: 0131 348 6761
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Foysol is a member of 18 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Brain Tumours

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Challenging Racial and Religious Prejudice

Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Independent Convenience Stores

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Migration

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palestine

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Volunteering

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Foysol does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Foysol has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Europe

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on International Development

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Foysol had 1 previous role

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

17 June 2021 - 25 April 2023

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Member

Register of interests

Foysol'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 Foysol Choudhury. The date of their initial statement was 10 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 26 August 2023, I received two tickets for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo as guests of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) LIMITED (Private company limited by guarantee without share capital, Edinburgh Tattoo Office, 1-3 Cockburn Street, EH1 1QB). The combined value of the tickets was £830. [Registered 22 September 2023]

Overseas visits

From 17 to 26 November 2023 I was part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs who visited the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at the invitation of the High Commission of Bangladesh to the UK based in London (28 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5JA) and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. The purpose of the visit was to engage with senior politicians within the Bangladeshi government, organisations, academics and business leaders to strengthen relationships between Bangladesh and Scotland, especially on issues of joint importance such as climate change, education, support for refugees and, fair pay and conditions for garment workers, and to build skill and knowledge sharing opportunities which will benefit both our nations. The delegation held meetings with Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; A.K. Abdul Momen MP, Foreign Affairs Minister; Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament; Md. Shahab Uddin MP, Minister of Environment Forest & Climate Change; Professor Dr AKM Zakir Hossain, Vice-Chancellor of Kurigram Agricultural University; Md. Atiqul Islam, The Mayor of Dhaka North City; Dinner with Mahbub Ali MP, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism; and breakfast with Matt Cannell, British Deputy High Commissioner and Development Director to Bangladesh. The Delegation visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar; Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital; Nabiganj and Habiganj; the medical camp in Biswanath’s Amtoil Village, and NRB Hospital in Sylhet. In the course of these visits, the delegation held meetings with Anwaruzzaman Chowdhury, Mayor of Sylhet; Chamber of Commerce of Sylhet and other business leaders from the region; university academic and administrative heads, and Ataur Rahman Selim, Mayor of Habiganj. The total cost of the visit was £3,683.57. Of the total costs, £2,300 for return flights from Edinburgh to Dhaka and a one-way internal flight from Sylhet to Dhaka was met by Workpermitcloud Limited (legal recruitment experts; of the Gherkin Level 28, 30 Street Mary Axe, London, England, EC3A, Company Registration: 12909694) and £1,082.92 for hotel accommodation, £240.65 for food and transport, £60 for internal return flights Dhaka to Cox Bazar were met by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh (State Ministry which oversees foreign relations of Bangladesh; of Segunbagicha, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh) and Sylhet City Corporation (Sylhet City Council; of Nagar Bhaban, 3100, Bangladesh). I also received gifts, which including welcome crests, posters and books. The values of the items are below the threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 14 December 2023]

From 7 October to 13 October 2023 I visited Delhi, India, as part of a delegation of the Cross Party Group on India. The purpose of the visit was to engage with FinTech and Culture organisations and senior politicians within the Indian government. The total costs of the visit, including flights, hotel accommodation, food and transport, amounted to £2,402.16 and were paid by Amit Shah, Director of Flight Path Travel (a tour and travel agency which sells, flights, hotels and tour packages; Office No. 1, Jubilee Business Centre, 211 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London, NW9 8AQ). [Registered 3 November 2023]

From 21 to 25 December 2023 I travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the invitation of Non-Residential Bangladeshi (NRB) World and Business America Magazine to be a guest speaker at the Global Business Conference. The purpose of the conference was to gather Non-Residential Bangladeshi leaders, businessmen and expats from all around the world to participate in seminars, workshops, keynote speeches to discuss how to strengthen business relations with Bangladesh across the world and learn about Bangladesh’s products, initiatives, investment climate, and help improve Bangladesh’s business relations internationally. The main theme of the conference was ‘Discover Higher Industry & Economic Development’. I met with President of NRB world, Mohammed Shahiduzzaman; Business America Magazine Country director, Sanjida Afreen and Managing editor Enamul Haque Enam; various business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and stakeholders from numerous nations. The total cost of the visit, including flights (£865), hotel accommodation (£1,415), food (£250), and boat trip (£80) amounted to £2,610 and was met by Business America Magazine Inc. (Magazine Publication company, B2B Networking Platform, US Office; of 19 Sunburst Dr, Deer Park, NY 11729, New York, USA) and NRB World (non-profit, non-political and service-oriented organization which brings expatriate Bangladeshi professionals from all countries of the world; of 19 Sunburst Dr, Deer Park, NY 11729, New York, USA). [Registered 31 January 2024]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 3 May 2024]

I own 11,000 ordinary shares in Universal Koba Corporation Ltd, a licensed restaurant, representing 10% of the issued share capital, with a market value of £11,000.

Voluntary

I am a member of UNITE the Union.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 3 May 2024]

I am the General Secretary of the Council of Bangladeshis in Scotland.

I am a member of the Co-operative Party. [Registered 15 December 2021]

I am Chairperson of Bangladeshi Samity Edinburgh.

I am General Secretary of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurants UK Limited.

I am Chair of Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council (ELREC). [Amended interest 3 May 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Foysol Choudhury 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 June 2024

Prostate Cancer (Diagnostic Hubs)

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "A constituent in Lothian has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been told that his tumour is growing. He is on an eight-month waiting list for surgery and has no idea when treatment will start. Public Health Scotland found that only 36…

Chamber meeting date: 20 June 2024

Housing Emergency

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "This morning, a coalition of housing organisations that includes the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Chartered Institute of Housing and Homes for Scotland put out a statement in which it called on the Scottish Government to take action to cut the number of children in temporary accommodation by 25 per cent before the end of this parliamentary…

Chamber meeting date: 19 June 2024

Baby and Child Immunisation Programmes (Uptake)

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "It is known that immunisation rates are lower among those living in more deprived areas and in black and minority ethnic communities because of various factors, including a lack of trust and a lack of information…

Chamber meeting date: 19 June 2024

Baby and Child Immunisation Programmes (Uptake)

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "It is known that immunisation rates are lower among those living in more deprived areas and in black and minority ethnic communities because of various factors, including a lack of trust and a lack of information…

Chamber meeting date: 19 June 2024

Growing the Economy

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "Growing the economy must be the number 1 priority of Government in Scotland and Westminster. Over the past 17 years, both Scotland and the United Kingdom have seen sluggish economic growth…

Votes

How Foysol Choudhury has voted in Parliament

Find out how Foysol Choudhury has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13664

Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 17, 2024

Supported by: Paul McLennan, Kaukab Stewart
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Result 108 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 21 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13679.1

Scottish Government Priorities: Growing the Economy

Submitted by: Maggie Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Result 88 for, 26 against, 0 abstained, 15 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13679.2

Scottish Government Priorities: Growing the Economy

Submitted by: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Result 29 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13679.3

Scottish Government Priorities: Growing the Economy

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Result 49 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13692.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Tim Eagle, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Lumsden, Roz McCall, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Result 51 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Foysol Choudhury has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-28236

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) A1, (b) A2, (c) A3, (d) B and (e) J26 NHS hospitals have closed in the last 17 years."

Answer expected on 16 July 2024

Question ref. S6W-28235

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS boards are currently consulting on the future of any (a) A1, (b) A2, (c) A3, (d) B and (e) J26 hospitals, and which hospitals they are."

Answer expected on 16 July 2024

Question ref. S6W-28232

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of NHS boards that provide psychosocial support training for renal healthcare professionals."

Answer expected on 15 July 2024

Question ref. S6W-28233

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of psychosocial support for people with chronic kidney disease."

Answer expected on 15 July 2024

Question ref. S6W-28037

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 5 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact that its recent announcement of up to £8…

Answered by Jenni Minto on 14 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28082

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 7 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of the suspension of the GP sustainability loan scheme on health inequalities."

Answered by Neil Gray on 14 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28119

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-27769 by Kaukab Stewart on 5 June 2024, which stated that 35% of successful external applicants declared a disability, what the exact number is of external recruits to Scottish Government jobs who declared a disability."

Answer expected on 26 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27947

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it has made regarding the delivery of a railway station in Winchburgh, including in relation to (a) developing the business case and (b) meeting the cost."

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 10 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27950

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it considers workers in the so-called gig economy as part of the work that it is undertaking to make Scotland "a leading Fair Work Nation by 2025"."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 10 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27951

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is acting to improve the safety of food delivery drivers, in light of a recent survey by Heriot-Watt University that found that 81% of food delivery drivers feel unsafe."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 June 2024

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