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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

Cross-party groups

Mercedes is a member of 13 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Medicinal Cannabis

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 Sustainable Uplands Management

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tibet

Co-Convener

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 does not have any previous roles

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

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 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

Member of University and College Union.

Member of ACORN tenants' union.

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 Unite the Union.

Member of Living Rent tenants' 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: 29 September 2022

Proposed Rent Freeze

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Scotland’s tenants union, Living Rent, continues to report rent increases on its members despite the First Minister’s announcement of a rent freeze on 6 September…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

Covid Recovery Strategy (Dundee)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Although the money that has been allocated to councils through the local authority Covid economic recovery fund is welcome, it does little to reverse the damage to local services that has been caused by a decade of cuts…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

4 Day Week Global Pilot

6. Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the survey of participants in 4 Day Week Global’s pilot. (S6O-01393)"

Chamber meeting date: 8 September 2022

Tenants (Support)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "When Living Rent and I first raised the need for an emergency rent freeze with the First Minister, in April, the average rent in Scotland was £780. It now stands at £840, which is at least a 10 per cent increase in just five months…

Chamber meeting date: 7 September 2022

General Practice (Patient Satisfaction)

3. Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the health and care experience survey 2021-22 in relation to patient satisfaction with GP services. (S6O-01318)"

Votes

How Mercedes Villalba has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mercedes Villalba has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 18 Amendment 92

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Result 28 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 18 Amendment 83

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Result 21 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 18 Amendment 81

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Result 48 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 18 Amendment 80

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Result 50 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 18 Amendment 78

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Result 27 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Mercedes Villalba 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. S6W-11278

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact that Green Freeport status in Aberdeen Harbour would have on the contract for Northern Isles Ferry Services."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 5 October 2022

Question ref. S6W-11281

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact that Green Freeport status would have on the provision of inter-island ferry services in Orkney."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 5 October 2022

Question ref. S6W-11279

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Orkney Islands Council regarding the future (a) budget and (b) procurement process for replacing the large and small ferry fleet at Orkney Ferries."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11280

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the delivery of ferry services for island communities in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11277

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10575 by Tom Arthur on 20 September 2022, what information it holds on whether transfers of land over 3,000 hectares not involving a payment include transfers into Trusts, and how many such transfers occurred in each of the last 10 years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11276

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10495 by Tom Arthur on 20 September 2022, what information it holds on whether transfers of land over 1,000 hectares not involving a payment include transfers into Trusts, and how many such transfers occurred in each of the last 10 years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11275

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10496 by Tom Arthur on 20 September 2022, what information it holds on whether transfers of land over 2,000 hectares not involving a payment include transfers into Trusts, and how many such transfers occurred in each of the last 10 years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10575

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-09839 by Tom Arthur on 11 August 2022, what information it holds on the annual totals of ownership changes of land over 3,000 hectares broken down by (a) sales and (b) transfers and succession."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10890

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Water regarding its progress towards installing spill monitors on all sewer overflows that discharge to designated bathing waters by the end of 2024."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10891

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the analysis of responses to its consultation on A New Deal for Tenants, what engagement it has planned with the tenants' union, Living Rent, on (a) the development of an effective system of national rent controls and (b) emergency financial measures to support tenants during the…

Awaiting answer

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