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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michael Marra

Scottish Labour

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

About Michael Marra

Contact details

Contact online

Website: michaelmarra.net

Twitter: @michaeljmarra

Facebook: Michael's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5943
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Michael is a member of 12 cross-party groups

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Children and Young People

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Families Supporting Children’s Learning

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Oil and Gas

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rugby Development in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Shared Parenting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Skills

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michael does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michael has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Michael does not have any previous roles

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

Register of interests

Michael'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 Michael Marra. The date of their initial statement was 10 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 8 May 2021, when I resigned, I was a Deputy Director, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee (of Perth Road, Dundee). I worked full time in this role and I received remuneration of £60,001 to £65,000 per annum. I received a final payment of £2,500.

Until 5 May 2022, I was a Councillor for Dundee City Council (of Dundee House, North Lindsay St, Dundee ). I spent approximately 18 hours per week on this role, although this varied from week to week depending on committee commitments. I received salary and use of a mobile and laptop. I estimate the total combined value of this remuneration was between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. [Amended interest 1 June 2022]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I was an elected Councillor at Dundee City Council. [Amended interest 1 June 2022]

I was a member of Dundee, Perth, Angus and North East Fife Strategic Development Planning Authority. [Amended interest 15 June 2022]

I am a member of Community the Union.

I am a member of GMB Trade Union.

I was a member of Development of Social Enterprise in Dundee Development Board. [Amended interest 15 June 2022]

In December 2021 I received one bottle of ‘Sustainable Scotch Whisky’ to mark COP26 from the Scotch Whisky Association. Although not available for sale this has a nominal monetary value of £30.00. [Registered 3 February 2022]

I am a member of Amnesty International.

On 4 November 2021 I attended a dinner hosted by the CBI at COP26, as a guest of Tesco PLC. This had a monetary value of £200. [Registered 8 December 2021]

I was the Secretary of Optimistic Sound (Registered Charity: SCO44851) dedicated to fighting child poverty in Dundee. [Amended interest 15 June 2022]

On 15 November 2021 I received one ticket to attend the Scotland v Denmark football game, with hospitality included, at Hampden Park as a guest of the BT Group. This had a monetary value of £250. [Registered 8 December 2021]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michael Marra 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: 22 September 2022

Attainment Gap

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary has already cut vital attainment funding for the poorest communities in Scotland, but we know that another £43 million of cuts to the education portfolio are still to come…

Chamber meeting date: 22 September 2022

Skills Delivery Landscape

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Audit Scotland’s report was very clear that this is about lack of leadership from ministers. Why does it fall to Mr Withers to provide the leadership? What are we paying the ministers for?"

Education, Children and Young People Committee meeting date: 21 September 2022

Colleges Regionalisation Inquiry

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I thank everyone for today’s evidence so far, which has been pretty concerning but has provided us with a lot of clarity on some of the impacts. It has been very useful…

Chamber meeting date: 20 September 2022

Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I add my condolences to the family of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II…

Chamber meeting date: 8 September 2022

University of Dundee (Pensions)

3. Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had and has planned with the University of Dundee’s management team regarding the reported pensions dispute between the university and trade unions representing staff. (S6O-01342)"

Votes

How Michael Marra has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michael Marra has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.3

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 85 for, 25 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, 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 Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Michael Marra 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-08987

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to issue benzodiazepine harm reduction guidance, following the issue of draft guidance in August 2021."

Answered by: Angela Constance on 23 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-09116

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it uses data from 2014 to estimate the number of pupils claiming free school meals in P1 to P3, and, if so, (a) for what reason and (b) what plans it has to use more up-to-date figures."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 23 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-09117

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it uses data from 2020 to apportion Pupil Equity Funding allocations, and, if so, (a) for what reason and (b) what plans it has to use more up-to-date figures."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 23 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-08808

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what role (a) ministers and (b) Crown Estate Scotland will have in finalising the scoring criteria and weighting for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leases for floating offshore wind projects."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 9 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-08809

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason no maximum bidding price has been stipulated within the awards process for floating offshore wind projects looking to progress through the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) process, in light of a maximum bidding price being stipulated in the commercial-scale ScotWind leasing round."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 9 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-07575

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism among publicly funded bodies."

Answered by: Christina McKelvie on 8 April 2022

Question ref. S6W-07021

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what use has been made by the Russian Government or Russian-owned businesses of Prestwick Airport and any other Scottish Government-owned infrastructure during the last five years."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 17 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-07026

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis has been done, or is planned, on whether any successful applicants to the ScotWind auction have Russian partnerships or financing arrangements in place."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 16 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-07022

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been made of the implications of sanctions on Russia for any Scottish businesses that trade with Russia, and what support can be given to those businesses in order to best facilitate their rapid diversification in the face of such sanctions."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 15 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-07023

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many Ukrainian students are estimated to be studying in Scotland and what support is being offered to them, in light of current international events."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 15 March 2022

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