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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

X (previously known as 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

Michael is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Michael is a member of 8 cross-party groups

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

Member

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

Deputy Convener

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 Ice Sports

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

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

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michael does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michael has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Michael has had 4 previous roles

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

25 April 2023 - 02 May 2023

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 25 April 2023

Education Children and Young People Committee

Member

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

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

On 22 November 2023 I received a single cash donation of £350 from the GMB Trade Union (Fountain House, 1 Woodside Crescent, Charing Cross, Glasgow, G3 7UJ) in support of my campaigning work for former footballers living with Brain Injuries. I established that it was from a permissible donor and accepted it on 22 November 2023. [Registered 4 December 2023]

On 29 December 2022 I received a single cash donation of £2,000 from the Community Trade Union (465C Caledonian Road, London, N7 9GX) in support of my campaigning work. I established that it was from a permissible donor and accepted it on 29 December 2022. [Registered 9 January 2023]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

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

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

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

I am a member of Amnesty International.

I am a member of GMB Trade Union.

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]

On 27 October 2022 I attended the Scottish Financial Enterprise Annual Dinner and awards, as a guest of Royal Bank of Scotland. This had a monetary value of £195.00. [Registered 28 October 2022]

On 26 March 2024 I received two tickets to attend the Scotland vs Northern Ireland football game, with hospitality included, at Hampden Park as a guest of the President of the Scottish Football Association. This had a nominal monetary value of £210. [Registered 15 April 2024]

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.

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: 18 April 2024

Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill: Stage 1

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary says that it is more sensible to wait. Does she not realise that, for many people with life-limiting and debilitating conditions, whose families are also suffering, waiting years and years longer would be entirely intolerable?"

Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting date: 16 April 2024

Scotland’s Commissioner Landscape

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Ms MacMillan, we are trying to draw out broader lessons from your report at the outset of our inquiry. The discussion has been useful so far…

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Economic Inactivity

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I am sure that the cabinet secretary will share Labour’s concern that the numbers of people who are economically inactive are rising, particularly among younger people…

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation)

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Those of us on the Labour benches agree that we need to get rid of the rotten Tory Government, which crashed the economy, left working people paying higher prices on bills and mortgages and has now led the country into recession…

Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting date: 26 March 2024

Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Do you accept the costs as presented in the evidence from Police Scotland?"

Votes

How Michael Marra has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michael Marra 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 for

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 for

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 abstained

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 for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Michael Marra has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03337

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported situation facing former clients of McClure Solicitors, what discussions it has had regarding enabling the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission to consider groups of complaints, rather than considering complaints purely on an individual basis."

Taken in the Chamber on 24 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-25481

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the announcement by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 24 January 2024 regarding additional funding for local authorities of £600 million, how much the Scottish Government will receive in Barnett consequential funding, and if the quantum is not yet known, when it…

Answered by Tom Arthur on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25183

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) each NHS board are currently waiting for elective vasectomy surgery."

Answered by Neil Gray on 20 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25182

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when each of Scotland’s NHS boards last performed an elective vasectomy surgery."

Answered by Neil Gray on 20 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-23616

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter of 21 September 2023 from the Minister for Public Health and Women's Health to Michael Marra, how many of the 142 women who were waiting for urethral bulking, fascial sling repair or colposuspension have now undergone the procedure for which they were waiting."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 15 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-22631

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what policies it has in place to prevent the auto-deletion of any messages by ministers and special advisors before they become part of official records."

Answered by Shona Robison on 15 November 2023

Question ref. S6W-21227

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 September 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, following the meeting of 20 July 2023, on which two further dates its Tax Advisory Group will meet in 2023."

Answered by Shona Robison on 26 September 2023

Question ref. S6W-20637

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 August 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the review of credit card spending by the civil service, announced by the First Minister on 8 August 2023, what the terms of reference will be; who will lead the review; to whom it will report; how many civil servants will be assigned to work on the review; what the estimated budget is for the review, and…

Answered by Tom Arthur on 8 September 2023

Question ref. S6O-02515

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 September 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when it agreed the Investment Zones selection method with the UK Government."

Taken in the Chamber on 14 September 2023

Question ref. S6F-02323

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 September 2023

"To ask the First Minister, following the publication of NHS Tayside’s Due Diligence Review of Documentation Held Relating to Professor Eljamel, whether the Scottish Government will immediately approve an independent public inquiry."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 September 2023

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