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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Paul O'Kane

Scottish Labour

MSP for West Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Paul O'Kane

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5942
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

Phone: 0141 887 5111
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Paul is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Paul does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Paul has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Public Health

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Care

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Paul had 1 previous role

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

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Health Social Care and Sport Committee

Member

Register of interests

Paul'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 Paul O'Kane. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 10 June 2021, I will be Chair of the Transport and Mechanical Advisory Group Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE) (a not for profit unincorporated association of 300 Councils across the UK promoting excellence in public services of Scottish Office, Brandon House, 23-25 Brandon Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6DA). I work 4 hours per month and receive remuneration of between £1,001 and £2,000 per annum. I resigned from this role with effect from 10 June 2021.

Until 10 May 2021, I was a Policy and Participation Manager at ENABLE Scotland (a Learning Disability Charity and Social Care Provider of Inspire House, 3 Renshaw Place, Eurocentral, North Lanarkshire, ML14UF). I worked 21 hours per week and the remuneration I received was between £30,001 and £35,000 (pro-rata) per annum.

I am a councillor for East Renfrewshire Council (of Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UH) and additionally, until 10 June 2021, I will be Depute Leader of the Council and Convener for Education and Equalities. I work approximately 21 hours per week and, until 10 June 2021, will receive remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 per annum. I have resigned as Depute Leader of the Council and Convener for Education and Equalities with effect from 10 June 2021 but will remain as a councillor. From 10 June 2021, I will receive remuneration of between £15,001 to £20,000 per annum. My councillor salary will be donated to local community groups in my Ward.

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am the Chair of Trustees of Neilston War Memorial Association.

I am a member of Community Union.

I am a member of GMB Union.

I am a patron of LGBT Labour.

I am a member of ENABLE Scotland.

I am a member of LGBT Labour Scotland.

I am a member of the Scottish Co-operative Party.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Paul O'Kane 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: 16 September 2021

Single-crewed Ambulances

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Between 2016-17 and 2019-20, more than 11,000 ambulances were sent out with a single crew member, which is an increase of nearly 39 per cent…

Chamber meeting date: 16 September 2021

Community Jobs Scotland

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Miles Briggs for bringing the debate to the chamber. As other speakers have done, I congratulate the SCVO on this significant milestone in the delivery of community jobs Scotland…

Chamber meeting date: 15 September 2021

General Practitioner Services

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "In closing for Scottish Labour, I echo the comments of colleagues across the chamber, and pay tribute to the GPs who are working in our NHS across Scotland…

Chamber meeting date: 14 September 2021

Health and Social Care

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "In their manifesto, the Scottish Greens committed to £15 an hour for care workers. Are they still committed to that position, given that they are now in government, and will they support Labour’s amendment today?"

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee meeting date: 14 September 2021

Session 6 Priorities (Drugs Policy)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Good morning, minister. I will follow up on that point. We all understand the importance of better understanding the information on and patterns of instances of people overdosing and being treated in or attending hospital…

Votes

How Paul O'Kane has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul O'Kane has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01248

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 67 for, 30 against, 20 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01248.2

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 25 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01248.1

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Supported by: Sharon Dowey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 33 for, 65 against, 20 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01217.2

Return to Normal GP Services

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Result 67 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01217.1

Return to Normal GP Services

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Paul O'Kane, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Result 56 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Paul O'Kane 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. S6O-00095

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported increase in the attainment gap between pupils from the most and least deprived backgrounds, following the most recent SQA results."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 2 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02520

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date the COVID-19 digital vaccine certificate will be (a) be fully developed and (b) made available to the general public, and whether it will be recognised by IATA Travel Pass."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 31 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01923

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what pay increase junior doctors will receive in 2021-22."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 20 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-02037

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve water safety education in schools, and whether it will consider making swimming lessons available to all young people as part of the health and wellbeing curriculum."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 17 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-02144

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date it will review the fees paid to optometrists and, in light of these last increasing 12 years ago, what its position is on introducing a regular review mechanism."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-01336

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to publishing a (a) draft HIV Action Plan and (b) precise and timely consultation timetable before September 2021."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 26 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00977

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on delivering the rehabilitation framework published in 2020."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00978

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what resources it will allocate in the current financial year for the delivery of the rehabilitation framework."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01041

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it will provide to support the provision of palliative and end of life care training for those delivering homelessness services, in order to identify people who could benefit from a palliative approach much earlier."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 22 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01040

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will fund the development and delivery of bereavement support specifically for those experiencing homelessness, and those delivering homelessness services."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 22 July 2021

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