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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michelle Ballantyne

Reform UK

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

Independent

Former MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2020 - 2021

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Former MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2017 - 2020

About Michelle Ballantyne

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Michelle is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Michelle is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michelle does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michelle does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Michelle has had 7 previous roles

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

03 March 2020 - 20 August 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Convener

03 March 2020 - 20 August 2020

Conveners Group

Member

25 February 2020 - 03 March 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

17 May 2018 - 25 February 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

29 June 2017 - 06 September 2018

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 17 May 2018

Public Petitions Committee

Member

29 June 2017 - 16 May 2018

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Michelle'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 Michelle Ballantyne. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2017.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 4 August 2017 I was head of service at Stable Life Limited, a charitable company limited by guarantee (of Dryden Farm, Ashkirk, Selkirk, TD7 4NT). Until 23 May 2017 I worked approximately 20 hours per week in this role. I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 a year for undertaking this work. On that date I ceased receiving remuneration for this post and, until 4 August 2017, provided consultancy on a voluntary basis. On 30 August 2017, I ceased all work for Stable Life [Amended interest 24 October 2017, Amended interest 6 March 2018].

Until 30 November 2017 I was a local authority councillor for Scottish Borders Council (of Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA). I worked 16 hours per week in this post and received remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 a year, which included provision of a laptop and mobile phone and reimbursement of mileage. From July 2017 I donated my salary to the Haining Charitable Trust. [Amended interest 6 March 2018].

I am a director of Ballantynes of Walkerburn, a manufacturing company (of Jubilee Mill, Jubilee Road, Walkerburn, EH43 6AB). I work approximately 2 hours per month in this role. I receive remuneration of between £5,001 and £10,000 a year for undertaking this role.

Gifts

On 20 January 2020 I received a donation of £2,000 to my leadership campaign from Mr John Stirling, a private individual. I established that the donation was from a permissible donor and accepted it on 22 January 2020. [Registered 19 February 2020]

Overseas visits

From 7 to 11 October 2017 I was part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs who visited the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the invitation of the Director General, Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). The delegation held meetings with a number of Government departments, trade and cultural organisations including; President MA Ying-Jeou and Madame Ma, Scottish Development International (Taiwan Office), Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City Council, Straits Exchange Foundation, British Trade and Cultural Office, Hsinchu Science Park, Green Energy and Environment Research Lab, King Car Whisky Distillery and the National Centre for Traditional Arts. The cost of the visit was; air ticket £2780, accommodation £528, bus £133, high speed rail £12, food £163, tickets for 101, opera and hot spring £59. The total cost was £3,675 met in its entirety by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). I also received gifts, which included a vase, a set of fruit forks, a mug and a book. The value of the items are below the threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 6 March 2018].

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a flat in the Scottish Borders with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I anticipate that this flat will yield gross income of between £5,001 and £10,000 annually. This income will not be received by me as the flat is managed by a member of my family.

Interest in shares

I own ordinary voting shares, ordinary shares and preference shares in Ballantynes of Walkerburn, a manufacturing company and a close family business. These shares have a market value of approximately £247,000. The shares represent 50 per cent of the issued share capital of the company. [Amended interest 19 March 2019]

Voluntary

I am a Patron of Food Facts and Friends. [Registered 19 March 2019]

I am the Managing Trustee of the Haining Charitable Trust.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

Until 13 January 2021 I was a Trustee of Friends at the End (FATE). [Registered 19 March 2019, Amended 10 February 2021, Ceased 10 February 2021]

Until 13 January 2021 I was a Council Member of Friends at the End Unincorporated Association. [Registered 19 March 2019, Amended 10 February 2021, Ceased 10 February 2021]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michelle Ballantyne 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: 2 March 2021

Covid-19

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Reform): "One of my constituents, who is a merchant seafarer who left Scotland to join his cargo ship before the quarantine rules were introduced, now finds himself unable to continue his job unless he accepts not returning to his home and family, and pays most of his salary in quarantine costs between ships. Today, he arrived at Edinburgh airport to be…

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 2 March 2021

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Reform): "As has been said, it became apparent at last week’s meeting that there would not be support for amendments to the bill other than the ones that the minister has lodged…

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 23 February 2021

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Reform): "As has been discussed, the Parliament agreed to the general principles of the bill at stage 1. I believe that our job today is to make sure that it is fit for purpose for both sides…

Chamber meeting date: 3 February 2021

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Reform): "It gives me no pleasure to take up members’ time to speak against the motion, but I feel that it is important to raise how unsatisfactory it is that SSIs are presented to the Parliament with a broad range of elements that we have either to support or reject en masse. I have raised the matter at the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and hope…

Chamber meeting date: 20 January 2021

Decision Time

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Reform): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I did not connect to the digital voting system, but I would have voted yes."

Votes

How Michelle Ballantyne has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michelle Ballantyne has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Michelle Ballantyne 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. S5W-36210

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Reform UK , Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will conduct an investigation into the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on domestic abuse rates."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34853

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Reform UK , Date Lodged: 29 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the COVID-19 clinical prioritisation framework stating that priority level two surgery should be scheduled within four weeks, whether it will confirm that (a) access to surgery will be maintained for (i) patients who require it to alleviate severe pain and (ii) all patients with priority level two surgery…

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 11 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-33185

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that NHS Scotland doctors are being equipped with "repurposed bin bags" in the place of PPE."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 25 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33184

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many new jobs have been created in the Hunterston area in each of the last five years as a direct result of its investment and support."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 18 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33031

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 4 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many new overseas offices it plans to open in the next 10 years, and what the (a) budget and (b) location will be for each."

Answered by: Michael Russell on 16 November 2020

Question ref. S5O-04736

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 4 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated to support businesses to adapt to new ways of working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 11 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32398

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide additional funding to NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council in the event of a need to bail out the Scottish Borders Integration Joint Board."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 30 October 2020

Question ref. S5W-32399

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide additional funding to cover COVID-19 spending by the Scottish Borders Integration Joint Board."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 30 October 2020

Question ref. S5W-32392

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the loss of Borders Buses services on local communities."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 29 October 2020

Question ref. S5W-32393

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what meetings it has had with Borders Buses to discuss a funding support package for winter 2020-21."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 29 October 2020

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