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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

X (previously known as Twitter): @grahamsmsp

Facebook: Graham's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6983
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Room 35-36, Airdrie Business Centre
1 Chapel Lane
Airdrie
ML6 6GX

Committees

Graham is a member of 2 committees

Cross-party groups

Graham is a member of 11 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Aviation

Co-Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Credit Unions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Maritime and Shipbuilding

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Transport

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Graham does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Graham has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Net Zero

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Graham has had 23 previous roles

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

29 June 2023 - 08 February 2024

Local Government Housing and Planning Committee

Substitute Member

08 September 2021 - 29 June 2023

Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

22 September 2022 - 29 June 2023

Economy and Fair Work Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 22 September 2022

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

27 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Deputy Convener

16 December 2020 - 04 May 2021

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

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 Housing

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

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

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Planning

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 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 3 June 2023 I accepted a hospitality ticket to watch the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Stadium from the transport provider First Group (of 8th Floor, The Point, 37 North Wharf Road London W2 1AF). The value of the package was £500. [Registered 5 June 2023]

Overseas visits

From 4 July to 8 July 2022 I visited Munich and Berlin, Germany, as part of a cross-Party delegation from the Scottish Parliament, meeting Parliamentarians, public officials and business representatives, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1460 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany). [Registered 1 August 2022]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

No registrable interests

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: 12 June 2024

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I know that my intervention comes as a surprise, but I am listening with interest to Mr Balfour. I speak as a former convener of the DPLR Committee, so this is a little bit technical…

Chamber meeting date: 6 June 2024

Rail Fares

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I congratulate Mark Ruskell on securing the debate. I was very happy to sign his motion, because I agree with every word of it. The removal of peak fares on our trains has been a positive thing…

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 6 June 2024

Expiring Private Finance Initiative Contracts

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Will you remind me—I did not quite catch it—what change is taking place on 1 December?"

Chamber meeting date: 5 June 2024

Low-emission Zones

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I thank the cabinet secretary for providing advance sight of her statement. However, I have to say that there was very little point to it. It does not tell us anything that we did not already know…

Chamber meeting date: 5 June 2024

Road Infrastructure

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Presiding Officer, I do not know what you think, but I think that one of the basic infrastructure requirements of any country is to make it easy to get around. It is kind of vital to people and it is certainly vital to the economy…

Votes

How Graham Simpson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Graham Simpson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 34 Amendment 9

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 29 for, 79 against, 1 abstained, 20 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 34 Amendment 6

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 29 for, 81 against, 1 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13571

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gillian Mackay, Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 10, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 118 for, 1 against, 0 abstained, 10 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13616

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 66 for, 47 against, 5 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13566.3

Scottish Government Priorities: Eradicating Child Poverty

Submitted by: Douglas Ross, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 10, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Result 27 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 15 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Graham Simpson has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03596

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to deliver on its commitment to produce a National Register of Ancient Woodland."

Taken in the Chamber on 19 June 2024

Question ref. S6O-03513

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to take forward the recommendations in the Transport Scotland report, "There’s an app for that!" - Women’s Safety on Public Transport in Scotland."

Taken in the Chamber on 30 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27335

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when the National Smart Ticketing Advisory Board will submit its operational plan for delivery."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 13 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27047

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on the delivery of recommendation 11 of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) to date, and what any funding has been used for."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 10 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27046

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the delivery of recommendation 11 of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2)."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 10 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03437

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when a decision will be made regarding the Scottish Funding Council’s recommendation to end the regional colleges arrangement in Lanarkshire and Glasgow."

Taken in the Chamber on 16 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27042

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what evidence was used to support the statement in the appraisal summary for recommendation 6 of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) that there has been “effective delivery of behavioural change initiatives in Scotland”, in light of the 2022 Active Travel National Indicator showing that…

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 8 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27051

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) kilometres of bus priority lanes and (b) other strategic bus priority measures have been put in place since the adoption of recommendation 14 of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2)."

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 7 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27050

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on the delivery of recommendation 13 of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) to date, and what any funding has been used for."

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 7 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27036

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many village to town routes have been funded under recommendation 3 of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), and what proportion of the total possible routes this represents."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 7 May 2024

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