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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Murdo Fraser

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2001 - present day

About Murdo Fraser

Contact details

Contact online

Website: murdofraser.uk

X (previously known as Twitter): @murdo_fraser

Facebook: Murdo's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5293
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

The Control Tower
Perth Airport
Scone
PH2 6PL

Phone: 01738 553990
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Murdo is a member of 11 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Independent Convenience Stores

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Co-Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Murdo has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

Party Roles

Murdo has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Economic Growth

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Murdo has had 45 previous roles

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

23 June 2021 - 14 July 2023

COVID19 Recovery Committee

Deputy Convener

08 September 2021 - 29 June 2023

Local Government Housing and Planning Committee

Substitute Member

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Party Spokesperson on Covid Recovery

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

COVID19 Recovery Committee

Member

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

26 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Deputy Convener

13 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

24 April 2020 - 20 August 2020

COVID19 Committee

Convener

24 April 2020 - 20 August 2020

conveners group

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

21 April 2020 - 24 April 2020

COVID19 Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 26 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

19 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Finance Committee

Member

23 November 2011 - 23 March 2016

conveners group

Member

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

23 November 2011 - 23 March 2016

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Convener

23 June 2011 - 26 January 2012

Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

16 November 2011 - 23 November 2011

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

15 June 2011 - 16 November 2011

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

12 May 2011 - 10 November 2011

Deputy Party Leader

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

12 May 2011 - 10 November 2011

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

01 June 2011 - 15 June 2011

Public Audit Committee

Member

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Deputy Party Leader

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 December 2008 - 22 March 2011

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

16 September 2009 - 22 March 2011

Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

Substitute Member

17 May 2007 - 20 May 2010

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

17 May 2007 - 20 May 2010

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

27 June 2007 - 10 September 2009

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

20 June 2007 - 10 December 2008

Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 20 June 2007

Audit Committee

Member

08 November 2005 - 02 April 2007

Deputy Party Leader

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

22 May 2003 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Enterprise and Culture Committee

Member

14 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2003 - 25 August 2005

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

20 June 2002 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 June 2002 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 June 2002 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Education Culture and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

27 September 2001 - 31 March 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

18 December 2002 - 26 March 2003

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Consolidation Scotland Bill Committee

Convener

05 December 2002 - 18 December 2002

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Consolidation Scotland Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Murdo'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 Murdo Fraser. The date of their initial statement was 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I received a payment of book royalties of £320 from Birlinn Ltd. (of West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS) on 12 August 2016. On 31 August 2017 I received a further payment of book royalties of £127 from Birlinn Ltd.

I received a fee of £300 from Culture & Sport Glasgow (of PO Box 26816, Glasgow G2 9AF) for speaking at the Aye Write! Book Festival on 12th March 2016.

Gifts

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the “Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama” event in Edinburgh as a guest of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd (an equity investment and specialist advice company, of 205 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QD). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £2,400 which was met by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd.

I received support services of an intern, who worked in my office for 4 days a week, from October 2015 to July 2016. The post was partly paid by me, and the intern also received a bursary of £7,150 as a member of the educational Leadership Programme of the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF. The value of the material support provided to me by CARE was £7,150.

After opening an exhibition of paintings by the artist John Lowrie Morrison on 24 March 2007, I received a gift of a painting from the artist, the approximate value of which is between £501 and £1000.

From 24 to 25 August 2023, I visited Islay as an office-bearer of the Cross-Party Group on Scotch Whisky. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation and hospitality amounted to £495 and were met by the Scotch Whisky Association (of Quartermile Two, 2 Lister Square, Edinburgh EH3 9GL), a trade body representing companies involved in the production of Scotch whisky. [Registered 12 September 2023]

On Sunday 30 April 2023 I attended the Scottish FA Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, Glasgow, as a guest of MFGC Holdings Ltd (of 87 West Regent St, Glasgow G2 2AW). The total cost of a match ticket and hospitality was £390 which was met by MFGC Holdings Ltd. [Registered 1 May 2023]

As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s football team, I played in inter-Parliamentary tournaments in support of the Community Shield in Cardiff on 12 August 2006 and in London on 4 August 2007. Both events were sponsored by McDonalds. In 2006 I received accommodation and hospitality totalling between £501 and £1,000. In 2007, I received accommodation and hospitality totalling approximately £570. As part of the event I was also given a gift of six match tickets for the Community Shield with a total value of £450. I gave these tickets to constituents.

I received support services from an intern from CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) who worked as a volunteer in my office from September 2010 to July 2011. CARE (of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF) is a mainstream Christian charity that provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. The value of this gift is between £3,001 and £5,000.

Overseas visits

From 4 July to 8 July 2022 I visited Munich and Berlin, Germany, as part of a cross-Party delegation from the Scottish Parliament, meeting Parliamentarians, public officials and business representatives, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1460 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany). [Registered 1 August 2022]

From 12 August to 17 August 2018 I participated in a visit, by the Cross-Party Group Building Bridges with Israel, to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. During the course of the visit the CPG travelled extensively across Israel and in addition visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I met with many organisations and individuals to hear and discuss issues of concern and areas for possible future engagement. The costs of my visit were met by the Embassy of Israel in the United Kingdom (MFA) (of 2 Palace Green, Kensington, London W8 4QB) and in respect of my travel, accommodation and hospitality are estimated to be of the value of £2,200.

From 10 to 14 November 2019 I attended an international conference on Federalism in Munich, Germany, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1400 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £300,00 and £400,000. I acquired this property in 2003 and from 2003 until 1 February 2010 used this property as a residential home. As of 1 February 2010 I receive a gross rental income from this property of between £10,001 and £15,000.

I own a half-share of a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 and from which I receive gross rental income of up to £5,000.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

I am a Patron to the Scottish Asian Pakistan Foundation (unremunerated).

I am a Trustee of the Guardians of Scotland Trust, a Scottish charity (SCO43198).

I am a trustee of the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, a registered charity.

From 27th November to 1st December 2023 I attended the American Legislative Exchange Council States & Nation Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, as a speaker, and held a range of discussions with US State legislators. The cost of travel, accommodation, and some subsistence of approximately £2,000 was met by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a not-for-profit voluntary membership organisation of state legislators, of 2900 Crystal Drive, 6th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202, USA. [Registered 8 December 2023]

I am Honorary Vice-President of Energy Action Scotland, a registered charity.

I am a Member of the Law Society of Scotland.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Murdo Fraser 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: 28 May 2024

Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "When the minister opened this short debate, he referred to the fact that there are visitor levies in many other countries in Europe, and he was absolutely correct in saying that…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 22 May 2024

Disability Employment Gap

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Good morning, panel. I want to ask about consistency of approach across Scotland. Are we seeing a postcode lottery, or is there some degree of consistency…

Chamber meeting date: 21 May 2024

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Pauline McNeill will remember the statement from the Lord Advocate last week. She said that there were 11 cases that procurators fiscal decided not to take forward…

Chamber meeting date: 16 May 2024

Horizon Information Technology Prosecutions

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "The Lord Advocate said in her statement that 11 cases have been identified in which prosecutors decided to suspend consideration of proceedings and take no action as a direct result of their concerns about the accuracy of the Horizon system…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 15 May 2024

Disability Employment Gap

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Good morning to the panel. I want to move on to a slightly different subject, and I will start with you, Carmel. You opened up with a very positive message about the outcomes that have been achieved…

Votes

How Murdo Fraser has voted in Parliament

Find out how Murdo Fraser has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 46

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 104 for, 8 against, 0 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 50

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 7 for, 87 against, 18 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 43

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 48 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 35

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 49 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 34

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 25 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Murdo Fraser has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03528

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland in relation to its guidance on recording non-crime hate incidents."

Taken in the Chamber on 5 June 2024

Question ref. S6F-03070

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2024

"To ask the First Minister, in light of new reported data that nearly one in five shop premises in Scottish cities lie empty, what action the Scottish Government is taking to support the retail sector."

Taken in the Chamber on 2 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03305

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the health secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the plans for health infrastructure investment in its revised Infrastructure Investment Plan, including the likely publication date of any such plans."

Taken in the Chamber on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6O-03285

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it is supporting the museum sector."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25987

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will support greater cooperation between scientific companies and local schools to encourage more young people to enter the sector."

Answered by Graeme Dey on 20 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25990

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to ensure greater partnerships between scientific companies and universities to secure well-paid careers for Scottish graduates."

Answered by Graeme Dey on 20 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03248

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what plans it has to commission a portrait of King Charles as head of state."

Taken in the Chamber on 21 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25986

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how its New Deal for Business will encourage scientific companies to see Scotland as a positive destination in which to invest."

Answered by Richard Lochhead on 14 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25988

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will work with the UK Government to encourage more multinational companies to invest in Scotland’s regions."

Answered by Richard Lochhead on 14 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25985

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how its Budget for 2024-25 will create opportunities for advanced scientific industries in Scotland."

Answered by Richard Lochhead on 14 March 2024

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