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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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John Swinney

Scottish National Party

MSP for Perthshire North (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for North Tayside (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About John Swinney

Contact details

Contact online

Website: johnswinney.scot

X (previously known as Twitter): @johnswinney

Facebook: John's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5717
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

17-19 Leslie Street
Blairgowrie
PH10 6AH

Phone: 01250 876576
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

John is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

John is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

John has 1 parliamentary and government role

First Minister

Scottish Government

Party Roles

John has 1 party role

Party Leader

Scottish National Party

Previous roles

John has had 23 previous roles

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

29 June 2023 - 07 May 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Member

19 May 2021 - 28 March 2023

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery

Scottish Government

18 May 2016 - 18 May 2021

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Scottish Government

21 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy

Scottish Government

21 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Deputy First Minister

Scottish Government

25 May 2011 - 21 November 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

Scottish Government

17 May 2007 - 25 May 2011

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

Scottish Government

05 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish National Party

05 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Public Services

Scottish National Party

30 October 2004 - 02 April 2007

Audit Committee

Substitute Member

20 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Finance Committee

Deputy Convener

15 September 2005 - 20 September 2005

Finance Committee

Member

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

European and External Relations Committee

Convener

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

conveners group

Member

15 September 2004 - 28 September 2004

European and External Relations Committee

Member

01 May 2003 - 03 September 2004

Party Leader

Scottish National Party

26 September 2000 - 31 March 2003

Party Leader

Scottish National Party

17 June 1999 - 01 November 2000

Finance Committee

Member

06 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Deputy Party Leader

Scottish National Party

25 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish National Party

25 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish National Party

17 June 1999 - 26 September 2000

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Convener

24 August 1999 - 26 September 2000

Conveners Liaison Group

Member

Register of interests

John'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 John Swinney. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the "Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama" event as a guest of West Coast Capital (a Private Equity Firm). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £500, which was met by West Coast Capital.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 7 December 2023 it was announced I had been appointed an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. It is a part-time role and there is no remuneration involved. [Registered 13 December 2023]

I am a Director of the Logierait Bridge Company. I do not receive any remuneration in relation to this role.

From 23 November 2023 to 24 November 2023 I attended and spoke at a Conference “Future Politics : Effective Governance” at the University of Ulster, Belfast organised by the John and Pat Hume Foundation and Stratagem. Flights, dinner and hotel accommodation were paid for by the organisers at a cost of £150.61, £35 and £117.99 respectively. [Registered 5 December 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What John Swinney 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

Rosebank Oil and Gas Field

The First Minister (John Swinney): "The issues in connection with the Rosebank oilfield have been the subject of a very active case, which is influenced by a decision in the Supreme Court today, so I will need to be careful about what I say in relation to the Rosebank development…

Chamber meeting date: 20 June 2024

Tax

The First Minister (John Swinney): "There are two aspects to answering that question. The first is the actions of the Scottish Government, and Mr Harvie will be familiar with these points…

Chamber meeting date: 20 June 2024

GP Practices (Penicuik)

The First Minister (John Swinney): "I will have to explore that particular point to determine whether that analysis has been undertaken…

Chamber meeting date: 20 June 2024

Prostate Cancer (Diagnostic Hubs)

The First Minister (John Swinney): "First, I am sorry that Mr Choudhury’s constituent is facing the anxiety that they are facing. If he wishes to share details of that particular case with me, I will have it examined to see whether there is anything that can be done to address it…

Chamber meeting date: 20 June 2024

MCR Pathways (Funding)

The First Minister (John Swinney): "I am very familiar with the work of MCR Pathways. I supported its introduction into public policy when I was the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and I recognise the transformative effect that it can have on young people…

Votes

How John Swinney has voted in Parliament

Find out how John Swinney 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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions John Swinney has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-26901

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many staff are currently employed by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, and in what roles."

Answered by Angela Constance on 29 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26902

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of staff currently employed by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner were previously employed by (a) Police Scotland, (b) any other police service and (c) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service."

Answered by Angela Constance on 29 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26900

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of staff currently employed by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner were previously serving police officers."

Answered by Angela Constance on 29 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26392

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government on how many occasions the treatment Olaparib has been prescribed in each NHS board area since it was approved for use by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) in 2021."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 16 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26307

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to any implications of recent flooding events for wild salmon populations."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 9 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26306

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to measures to increase the wild salmon population through stocking initiatives."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 9 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26304

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the implementation of the Scottish Wild Salmon Strategy."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 9 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26390

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when the review of the Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer will be completed."

Answered by Neil Gray on 5 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26391

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether consideration is being given, as part of the review of the Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer, to risk factors such as family history and ethnicity in improving the early detection of prostate cancer."

Answered by Neil Gray on 5 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26389

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the necessary genetic tests are available in all NHS board areas to enable the prescribing of Olaparib to treat prostate cancer."

Answered by Neil Gray on 2 April 2024

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