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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michelle Thomson

Scottish National Party

MSP for Falkirk East (Constituency) 2021 - present day

About Michelle Thomson

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @MichelleThomson

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5082
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Unit P
Newhouse Business Park
Grangemouth
FK3 8LL

Phone: 01324 357373
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Michelle is a member of 12 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Enterprise

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew's Day

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women in Enterprise

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women, Families and Justice

Member

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 2 previous roles

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

29 June 2023 - 17 June 2024

Education Children and Young People Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 29 June 2023

Economy and Fair Work Committee

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 Thomson. The date of their initial statement was 04 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a sole trader of Thomson Holdings, a property investment company (C/o Cunningham Grant Chartered Accountants, Unit G6, The Granary Business Centre, Coal Road, Cupar , Fife KY15 5YQ). I expect to receive remuneration of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum and will spend 1 hour per month in the role. This remuneration represents a net sum that is also recorded in the heritable property category.

I am a Director of Senza Rit Ltd, a property management company (C/o Cunningham Grant Chartered Accountants, Unit G6, The Granary Business Centre, Coal Road, Cupar , Fife KY15 5YQ). I expect to receive remuneration of between £1,001 and £2,000 per annum in the form of life cover. I do not play an active role in running the business.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a flat in West Lothian with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000 which generates a gross income of up to £5,000 per annum.

I own a house in Edinburgh with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 which generates a gross income of up to £5,000 per annum.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 22 January 2024]

I own a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £200,001 and £250,000 which generates a gross income of up to £5,000 per annum.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2023]

[Ceased Interest removed from entry: 29 August 2023]

Interest in shares

I own ordinary shares in Senza Rit Ltd, a property management company, representing 60% of the issued share capital, with a market value of £16,500.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 17 February 2023]

Voluntary

On 22 April, I was appointed an Ambassador of the Transparency Taskforce, a social enterprise concerned with the promotion of ongoing reform of the financial sector. This is an unremunerated role. [Registered 22 April 2022]

I am a director of Revive, a Community Interest Company which promotes the understanding of issues arising from explosive devices. I receive no income, benefit, or gifts for this role.

I am an Ambassador of the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fair Business Banking. I receive no income, benefit, or gifts for this role.

From 4 to 5 September 2023, I attended and gave a talk at the Promoting International Cooperation, Cultural Understanding & Peace Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia. The costs of the travel and accommodation amounted to £753.41 and were met, along with hospitality costs, by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in the USA and in Germany). [Registered 3 October 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michelle Thomson 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: 20 June 2024

Housing Emergency

Michelle Thomson (Falkirk East) (SNP): "There continues to be much discussion of disallowing any rent rises between tenancies. The industry view is that that could limit investment in properties, as any spend would be, in effect, a sunk cost…

Chamber meeting date: 20 June 2024

Provisional Outturn 2023-24

Michelle Thomson (Falkirk East) (SNP): "Austerity—the political choice of the Conservatives over many years, and the future direction of a potential Labour Government, as confirmed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies—has had an unacceptable impact on Scotland’s budget…

Chamber meeting date: 19 June 2024

Growing the Economy

Michelle Thomson (Falkirk East) (SNP): "I am pleased to support the motion. Scotland is our business, Scotland is open for business and the SNP is focused on supporting and growing that business…

Chamber meeting date: 13 June 2024

Public Service Investment

Michelle Thomson (Falkirk East) (SNP): "Is the member aware that the UK economy has made the slowest recovery from the 2008 crash of all advanced economies and that that is highly indicative of macroeconomic issues?"

Chamber meeting date: 13 June 2024

European Structural and Investment Funds

Michelle Thomson (Falkirk East) (SNP): "The complexity that is associated with how EU structural funds are allocated—in particular, the match funding that is delivered through third-party agencies and is often overseen by local authorities—is not commonly understood…

Votes

How Michelle Thomson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michelle Thomson 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 voted for

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 against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 33 Amendment 34

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Result 26 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 16 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Michelle Thomson has asked

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

Question ref. S6T-02044

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of reports that Scottish universities' budgets have been impacted by £100 million due to a 20% drop in applications from international students in the last academic year as a result of new UK Government immigration rules."

Taken in the Chamber on 11 June 2024

Question ref. S6O-03533

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to address any issues regarding the implementation of the presumption of mainstreaming, as set out in the recent Education, Children and Young People Committee report on its inquiry into additional support for learning."

Taken in the Chamber on 6 June 2024

Question ref. S6O-03488

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what place human ecology, specifically a focus on the relationship between the natural environment and the social environment, has in its rural affairs policy development."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03422

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of Brexit on young musicians."

Taken in the Chamber on 15 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03100

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 7 May 2024

"To ask the First Minister what support the Scottish Government is providing to women in enterprise."

Taken in the Chamber on 9 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03335

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority regarding plans to incorporate any precedent set by the Miller v College of Policing case into the recording of non-crime hate incidents…

Taken in the Chamber on 24 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26098

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the savings will be in 2024-25 as a result of the decision to freeze the Basic Property Rate, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25618

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the reported calls from the Scottish Retail Consortium and Scottish Tourism Alliance for a restoration of tax-free shopping for overseas visitors as a means of supporting Scotland’s retail and tourism sectors."

Answered by Shona Robison on 4 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03104

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what work is underway to ensure that eligible families across Falkirk East, and the wider country, are aware of and can apply for the Best Start Grant before the deadline of 29 February."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03070

Asked by: Thomson, Michelle, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding what is required to unlock the full potential of Scotland's green economy."

Taken in the Chamber on 8 February 2024

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