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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Graham Simpson

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Graham Simpson

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @grahamsmsp

Facebook: Graham's facebook

Committees

Cross-party groups

Graham is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Graham does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Graham has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Graham has had 13 previous roles

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

20 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 20 August 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Convener

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Conveners Group

Member

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Planning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 05 September 2017

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Register of interests

Graham'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 Graham Simpson. The date of their initial statement was 31 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I previously worked as a newspaper sub-editor for News UK (of 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF). I have not done any work for News UK since I was elected. My employment ended on 31 May 2016 and I received my last salary payment of between £3,001-£5,000 on 6 May 2016.

Until 4 May 2017, when I stood down, I was a Councillor for South Lanarkshire Council (of Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA). I received a salary for this role which, combined with the value of the use of a mobile phone and tablet, was between £15,0001 and £20,000 per annum. I spent 25 hours per week undertaking this role. [Amended interest 15 May 2017]

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

I am an adviser to the board of Clyde Cycle Park SCIO. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Amended interest 15 May 2017]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Graham Simpson 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 March 2021

Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps)

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Yesterday, I talked to members of Unite the union who represent the taxi trade. Some taxi drivers have had help during the pandemic, but in no way has that covered their costs and many drivers are desperate…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "These amendments would ensure that the guest beer provision could be used only by a small brewer and not by a larger multinational brewer, which would already have routes to market…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "We are near the end of the parliamentary session—we have only a day to go—and all of us have been clearing out our offices to get them ready for the next occupant…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Airline Sector (Revitalisation)

6. Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Government has to revitalise the airline sector. (S5F-04902)"

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee meeting date: 18 March 2021

“The 2019/20 audit of Scottish Water”

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I would like to follow on from that. Who sets the salaries? Who decides what they are?"

Votes

How Graham Simpson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Graham Simpson 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 voted for

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 not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Graham Simpson 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-35675

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will next review the provision of building control verification services."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 18 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35680

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the performance of all local authorities that are delivering a building control verification service."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 18 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35676

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many professionally-qualified building control officers have been employed by each local authority in each year since 2016."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 18 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35679

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many professionally-qualified engineers have been employed by each local authority roads department in each year since 2016."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35677

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the current system for assessing the value of road bonds for new residential housing developments."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35678

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure that there is uniformity in how local authorities assess the value of road bonds."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35473

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how (a) much funding has been provided through, (b) many applications have been made to and (c) many applicants have been granted funding since 2017 from the Low Carbon Transport Loan scheme."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 11 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35472

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much ScotRail has paid out from its Delay Repay scheme in 2020-21."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 10 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35474

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how (a) much funding has been provided through, (b) many applications have been made to and (c) many applicants have been granted funding from the Spaces for People scheme."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 10 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35468

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how (a) much funding has been provided through, (b) many applications have been made to and (c) many applicants were granted funding from the Cycle Friendly programme."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 10 March 2021

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