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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Liz Smith

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Liz Smith

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @mspliz

Facebook: Liz's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6762
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

The Control Tower
Perth Airport
Scone
Perth
PH2 6PL

Phone: 01738 553990
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Liz is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Liz is a member of 3 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Colleges and Universities

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sport

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liz does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Liz has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Liz has had 29 previous roles

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

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Substitute Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Substitute Member

20 February 2020 - 14 August 2020

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 25 February 2020

Member

19 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Substitute Member

19 March 2014 - 19 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

27 February 2014 - 23 March 2016

Substitute Member

07 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 27 February 2014

Member

23 June 2011 - 10 September 2013

Substitute Member

12 May 2011 - 06 September 2013

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

12 May 2011 - 06 September 2013

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

13 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Member

03 October 2007 - 22 March 2011

Substitute Member

17 May 2007 - 20 May 2010

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

27 June 2007 - 28 September 2007

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Liz'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 Liz Smith. The date of their initial statement was 15 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

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 £1030 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany). [Registered 2 August 2022]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of the National Trust for Scotland.

I am a member of Friends of the Black Watch.

I am a member of the John Muir Trust.

I am a member of the Munro Society.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Liz 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: 18 April 2024

School Estate (Community Access)

2. Liz Smith: "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its recent consultations with local authorities about community access to the school estate, including sports facilities. (S6O-03317)"

Chamber meeting date: 17 April 2024

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "It is the Parliament’s 25th anniversary year and the thoughts of many journalists and commentators are rightly focused on how well it is functioning and, in particular, on whether we are capable of passing good law…

Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting date: 16 April 2024

Scotland’s Commissioner Landscape

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Good morning, Ms MacMillan. You have made it very clear that you had a specific remit, which was about advocacy for those with a disability and autism and in relation to their vulnerability…

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Economic Inactivity

1. Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken to measure the extent of economic inactivity in Scotland post-Covid-19 pandemic. (S6O-03260)"

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation)

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Does the cabinet secretary agree that the stagnation issue to which Mr MacDonald’s question refers is as much a Scottish problem as a UK one, given that the recent Confederation of British Industry-Fraser of Allander report into productivity in Scotland clearly shows that Scotland is failing in 10 out of 13 productivity metrics?"

Votes

How Liz Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liz Smith has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12882

Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Result 20 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12867.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Tim Eagle, Russell Findlay, Pam Gosal, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Douglas Ross, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 53 for, 60 against, 5 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12872

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 88 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12855

Repealing the Hate Crime Act

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 64 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12855.4

Repealing the Hate Crime Act

Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Katy Clark
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 20 for, 97 against, 1 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Liz Smith has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03346

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what provision it is making to ensure that all school pupils have access to music tuition."

Taken in the Chamber on 25 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26267

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to make eligibility for business rate reliefs conditional on payment of the real Living Wage, as part of its Fair Work Action Plan, and, if so, which rate reliefs it anticipates will be in scope."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 11 April 2024

Question ref. S6O-03317

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its recent consultations with local authorities about community access to the school estate, including sports facilities."

Taken in the Chamber on 18 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26268

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to make the granting of licence permissions conditional on payment of the real Living Wage, as part of its Fair Work Action Plan, and, if so, which types of licences it anticipates will be in scope."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 3 April 2024

Question ref. S6O-03260

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken to measure the extent of economic inactivity in Scotland post-COVID-19 pandemic."

Taken in the Chamber on 27 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25972

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Scottish National Party manifesto commitment, what the cost would have been in (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24 of bringing the Higher Property Rate into line with that in England, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 18 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03192

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which states that the 2024-25 Budget implied a real-terms reduction to health spending."

Taken in the Chamber on 13 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25588

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Scottish National Party manifesto commitment, what the cost would be in 2024-25 of bringing the Higher Property Rate into line with that in England, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25586

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much additional revenue it estimates will be raised by the Budget decision to increase the Intermediate Property Rate by 6.7% in 2024-25, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25587

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much additional revenue it estimates will be raised by the Budget decision to increase the Higher Property Rate by 6.7% in 2024-25, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 March 2024

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