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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Labour

MSP for North East Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Mercedes Villalba

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6390
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Mercedes is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Mercedes is a member of 7 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Migration

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nature and Climate

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palestine

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tibet

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mercedes does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Mercedes has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Biodiversity

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Mercedes has had 4 previous roles

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

25 April 2023 - 16 November 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

01 February 2023 - 25 April 2023

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Member

22 September 2021 - 25 April 2023

Net Zero Energy and Transport Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

Register of interests

Mercedes'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 Mercedes Villalba. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 17 to 24 October 2023, I took part in the International Visitors Program for the 2023 General Elections of Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program was organised by the Directorate for Electoral Cooperation and Assistance of the Ministry of the Interior of Argentina (Gascón 352 - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) which manages issues pertaining to domestic politics such as immigration and co-ordination between the federal government and the governments of the provinces of Argentina. The costs, which were met by the Ministry, were as follows: internal travel, hotels and food £850; logistical and organisational support £600; and international travel £1,200. [Registered 14 November 2023]

From 27 May to 2 June 2022 I took part in an international delegation to Colombia to monitor the current state of trade union rights, human rights and the peace deal signed between the Colombian state and the FARC-EP in November 2016. The delegation was organised by the British-Irish organisation, Justice for Colombia (75 St John Street, London, EC1M 4NN), which campaigns in support of peace and human rights in Colombia. The costs, which were met by Justice for Colombia, were as follows: internal travel, hotels and food £900; logistical and organisational support £583; and international travel £862. [Registered 24 June 2022]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

As a funded PhD student prior to the election, I received a monthly stipend of £1,273.75. I received the last stipend on 28 May 2021, but returned this to the university on 8 June 2021.

Member of ACORN tenants' union.

Member of Living Rent tenants' union.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 December 2023]

Member of Unite the Union.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Mercedes Villalba 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: 13 December 2023

Wealth Tax

4. Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to develop a wealth tax. (S6O-02873)"

Chamber meeting date: 12 December 2023

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (75th Anniversary)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Kaukab Stewart for securing the debate to enable us, as a Parliament, to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2023

University of Aberdeen (Languages)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Constituents who work in modern languages at the University of Aberdeen have contacted me about the university management’s plans to withdraw honours degrees in languages, cultures and societies…

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2023

Air Pollution (Urban Towns)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "The Kingsway in Dundee goes through several of the most deprived communities in the city, and it is used by thousands of vehicles each day. That exposes residents to high levels of air pollution…

Chamber meeting date: 22 November 2023

Living Wage (Support for Rural Businesses)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Does the Scottish Government know how many of Scotland’s 1,125 rural estates are accredited living wage employers? Will the cabinet secretary join me in calling on any estates that are not yet accredited to register today?"

Votes

How Mercedes Villalba has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mercedes Villalba 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 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 Mercedes Villalba has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-23929

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Scottish Parliament has ever flown the flag of Palestine to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November."

Answered by Claire Baker (on behalf of the SPCB) on 12 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23930

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Scottish Parliament will fly the flag of Palestine to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November 2024."

Answered by Claire Baker (on behalf of the SPCB) on 12 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23956

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6O-01318 by Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2022, whether it expects patient satisfaction results in the Health and Care Experience Survey 2023-24 to have improved for any GP practices in Aberdeen that had results below the national average in the 2021-22 survey."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23957

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6O-01318 by Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2022, what action it has taken to improve the services at any GP practices in Aberdeen that had patient satisfaction results below the national average in the Health and Care Experience Survey 2021-22."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23755

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact of the reported 26% real-terms reduction to SEPA's funding since 2010-11 on the agency’s ability to carry out its statutory duties."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23753

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns from environmental third sector organisations that a real-terms reduction in funding to environmental agencies could lead to Scotland failing to meet environmental and biodiversity targets."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23958

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6O-01318 by Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2022, when the improvement plan for any GP surgeries in Aberdeen with poor patient satisfaction results will be published."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23808

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12781 by Patrick Harvie on 14 December 2022, whether it still plans to introduce a system of national rent controls by the end of 2025."

Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23809

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the policy intention for a national system of permanent rent controls, when introduced, is for rents to be stabilised in real terms or to be reduced where appropriate."

Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23810

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will take, beyond rent adjudication, to protect tenants in the period between the lifting of the rent cap on 1 April 2024 and the introduction of a national system of rent controls."

Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2024

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