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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Neil Findlay

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - present day

About Neil Findlay

Contact details

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Committees

Cross-party groups

Neil is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Neil does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Neil does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Neil has had 17 previous roles

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

06 September 2018 - 17 September 2019

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

22 October 2018 - 31 May 2019

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

04 October 2018 - 28 May 2019

Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish Labour

04 October 2018 - 28 May 2019

Party Spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs

Scottish Labour

04 October 2018 - 28 May 2019

Party Spokesperson on Party Liaison

Scottish Labour

09 January 2018 - 01 November 2018

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Brexit

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Campaigns and Party Engagement

Scottish Labour

09 January 2018 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

14 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Convener

14 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Conveners Group

Member

08 June 2016 - 14 June 2016

Health and Sport Committee

Member

02 September 2015 - 23 March 2016

Welfare Reform Committee

Member

10 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Education and Culture Committee

Deputy Convener

23 June 2011 - 03 September 2013

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

22 December 2011 - 10 January 2012

Education and Culture Committee

Member

01 June 2011 - 21 December 2011

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

Member

Register of interests

Neil'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 Neil Findlay. The date of their initial statement was 17 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I published a book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times with Luath Press Ltd, 543/2 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND. I expect to receive royalties of between £5,001 and £10,000, which will all be donated to good causes. [Registered 11 October 2017]

I published a book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times with Luath Press Ltd, 543/2 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND. I expect to receive royalties of between £5,001 and £10,000, which will all be donated to good causes. [Registered 11 October 2017]

Gifts

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from Thompsons Solicitors, 285 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HQ. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from Thompsons Solicitors, 285 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HQ. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from ASLEF, the train drivers' union of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from ASLEF, the train drivers' union of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 25 September 2017, UNITE the Union of 128 Theobald's road, Holburn, London, WC1x 8TN hosted a fringe event at the Labour party conference to promote my book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times. The event cost between £500 and £1,000. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 25 September 2017, UNITE the Union of 128 Theobald's road, Holburn, London, WC1x 8TN hosted a fringe event at the Labour party conference to promote my book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times. The event cost between £500 and £1,000. [Registered 11 October 2017]

Overseas visits

From 9 to 13 October 2016 I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The total cost of the flight, hotel and ancillary expenses was £6000. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 25 October 2016]

From 11 to 22 February 2020 I took part in an international deputation that visited Colombia to monitor the progress of the peace accord. This was organised by the UK based organisation Justice For Columbia (an organisation to support Colombian civil society in its struggle for human rights, labour rights, peace and social justice of 4th Floor, 75-77 St John Street, London EC1M 4NN). The costs, which were met by Justice For Columbia, were as follows; internal flights, hotel, food £782.73, logistical support and coordination £423.62 and international flight £972.65. [Registered 4 March 2020]

From 11 to 22 February 2020 I took part in an international deputation that visited Colombia to monitor the progress of the peace accord. This was organised by the UK based organisation Justice For Columbia (an organisation to support Colombian civil society in its struggle for human rights, labour rights, peace and social justice of 4th Floor, 75-77 St John Street, London EC1M 4NN). The costs, which were met by Justice For Columbia, were as follows; internal flights, hotel, food £782.73, logistical support and coordination £423.62 and international flight £972.65. [Registered 4 March 2020]

From 9 to 13 October 2016 I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The total cost of the flight, hotel and ancillary expenses was £6000. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 25 October 2016]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Educational Institute of Scotland.

I received two vouchers for a complimentary four ball round of golf at Greenburn Golf Club with an estimated value of £200. [Registered 14 May 2020]

From the 1st of July 2020 I am working to establish a social enterprise called SEJ Consulting. The business will seek to assist community groups, trades unions, NGOs, charities etc campaign and influence change at a national and local level. I will not work for the business or earn any income until after I leave parliament in March 2020. The business when fully registered and established is likely to be a community interest company, reinvesting surpluses after visits into community benefit initiatives, discounted rates or pro bono work. I am aware I do not need to register this as I will receive no income but in the interest of transparency want to voluntarily do so.

In March 2018 I donated money from the sales of my book ‘Socialism and hope’ to the following charities donations ranged from £1000 to £100- St John’s Hospital breast cancer endowment West Lothian Foodbank West Lothian Women’s Aid West Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Service Aid and Abet the MS Therapy Centre West Lothian 50+ Network Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Whitburn Community Development Trust West Calder Community Development Trust Stoneyburn Future Vision Group Loganlea Miners Welfare Armadale Community Shed Polbeth Community Garden [Registered 11 April 2018]

On 29 August 2016 my wife and I attended the Edinburgh festival fireworks display and had dinner at the Balmoral Hotel courtesy of Thompsons solicitors. I consider that the value of this gift is below the threshold for registration in the Gifts category. [Registered 30 August 2016]

I am a member of Unite the Union.

My wife and daughter work for NHS Lothian.

I am a member of Educational Institute of Scotland.

On 14 July 2016 my wife and I attended The Open Golf Championship at Troon and had lunch. Tickets and lunch were provided by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. I do not consider that this gift meets the prejudice test. [Registered 30 August 2016]

From the 1st of July 2020 I am working to establish a social enterprise called SEJ Consulting. The business will seek to assist community groups, trades unions, NGOs, charities etc campaign and influence change at a national and local level. I will not work for the business or earn any income until after I leave parliament in March 2020. The business when fully registered and established is likely to be a community interest company, reinvesting surpluses after visits into community benefit initiatives, discounted rates or pro bono work. I am aware I do not need to register this as I will receive no income but in the interest of transparency want to voluntarily do so.

I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

On 19th July, my wife and I attended the Hamilton Races as a guest of Scottish Racing. The value of the gift, which comprised two tickets and lunch, was £168.54. [Registered 31 July 2019]

I am a member of Fauldhouse community development trust. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position.

My wife and daughter work for NHS Lothian.

I am a member of Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union.

Until February 2019 I was a member of Greenburn golf club, Fauldhouse. [Amended interest 15 May 2020, Ceased interest 15 May 2020]

On 19th July, my wife and I attended the Hamilton Races as a guest of Scottish Racing. The value of the gift, which comprised two tickets and lunch, was £168.54. [Registered 31 July 2019]

I am a member of Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union.

I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

Until February 2019 I was a member of Greenburn golf club, Fauldhouse. [Amended interest 15 May 2020, Ceased interest 15 May 2020]

Over the last year I have carried out a number of surveys for which I have received around £400. I have donated this money to good causes. [Registered 26 March 2018]

In January 2018 I wrote an article for the Scotsman newspaper and will be paid £100 for it which will be donated to charity. [18 January 2018]

On 14 July 2016 my wife and I attended The Open Golf Championship at Troon and had lunch. Tickets and lunch were provided by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. I do not consider that this gift meets the prejudice test. [Registered 30 August 2016]

In March 2018 I donated money from the sales of my book ‘Socialism and hope’ to the following charities donations ranged from £1000 to £100- St John’s Hospital breast cancer endowment West Lothian Foodbank West Lothian Women’s Aid West Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Service Aid and Abet the MS Therapy Centre West Lothian 50+ Network Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Whitburn Community Development Trust West Calder Community Development Trust Stoneyburn Future Vision Group Loganlea Miners Welfare Armadale Community Shed Polbeth Community Garden [Registered 11 April 2018]

I am a member of Fauldhouse community development trust. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position.

In January 2018 I wrote an article for the Scotsman newspaper and will be paid £100 for it which will be donated to charity. [18 January 2018]

I am a member of Scottish CND.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

On 29 August 2016 my wife and I attended the Edinburgh festival fireworks display and had dinner at the Balmoral Hotel courtesy of Thompsons solicitors. I consider that the value of this gift is below the threshold for registration in the Gifts category. [Registered 30 August 2016]

I am a member of Scottish CND.

I received two vouchers for a complimentary four ball round of golf at Greenburn Golf Club with an estimated value of £200. [Registered 14 May 2020]

Over the last year I have carried out a number of surveys for which I have received around £400. I have donated this money to good causes. [Registered 26 March 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Neil Findlay 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.

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices (PE1517)

Neil Findlay (Lothian) (Lab): "The work of the Public Petitions Committee has been hugely important and influential during the past eight years and I plead with the committee not to close this petition for a number of reasons…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Scottish Mesh Survivors Charter

7. Neil Findlay (Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will adopt the Scottish mesh survivors charter. (S5F-04901)"

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Universities and Colleges (Teaching Schedules)

Neil Findlay: "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I raise this point in relation to the reply that I received from the First Minister earlier…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Drug Deaths and Harms

Neil Findlay (Lothian) (Lab): "In appointing people to those panels and forums, it is important that we do not just tick a tokenistic box and that we have people who are willing to challenge, have awkward voices and will be very prickly…

Chamber meeting date: 17 March 2021

Human Right to a Healthy Environment

Neil Findlay (Lothian) (Lab): "Why did the member vote against equal rights of appeal?"

Votes

How Neil Findlay has voted in Parliament

Find out how Neil Findlay 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 abstained

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 voted for

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 voted for

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 Neil Findlay 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-34585

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-33974 by Jeane Freeman on 14 January 2021, whether it will provide the information in the format requested regarding how many care homes have had (a) zero to 10, (b) 11 to 20, (c) 21 to 30, (d) 31 to 40 and (e) over 40 of their residents die where COVID-19 has been a factor or…

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34239

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on (a) people from the lowest income groups, (b) BAME people, (c) disabled people and (d) older people to be a breach of their human rights."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34422

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the decision to change the period within which the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is administered from 4 weeks to 12 weeks breaches any agreement made between patient and the NHS when the first vaccine was administered."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35856

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a reported rise in levels of dog theft, and what action owners can take to prevent dog theft."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35828

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances it considers that Police Scotland should have the power to use a child as a covert source of intelligence, including where there are concerns that it might be against the interests of the child."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35831

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether any proposed legislation to give Police Scotland additional powers to permit a person to commit a crime as part of their role as a covert human intelligence source (CHIS) will specifically exclude anyone under 18."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35827

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact assessment it has carried of whether the current covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) legislation is compatible with (a) the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, (b) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and (c) other child protection guidance."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35829

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that levels of child criminal exploitation are increasing, what its response is to concerns that the current covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) legislation is not compatible with the state’s responsibility to protect children from such exploitation."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35816

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to end the reported high death rate among homeless people."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34987

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what equalities impact assessment was carried out regarding the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 15 March 2021

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