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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

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.

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.

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.

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 a member of GMB Union.

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

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

I am a member of Community Union.

I am a member of LGBT Labour Scotland.

I am a member of ENABLE Scotland.

I am a patron of LGBT Labour.

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: 27 January 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "It is an honour to speak in the debate as we mark Holocaust memorial day 2022. I pay warm tribute to Jackson Carlaw for securing the debate…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2022

Covid-19

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Yesterday, I was contacted by a constituent who had cancer surgery cancelled with only a few days’ notice, as there were no beds in recovery or in any other ward for cancer procedures at our local hospital…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2022

Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I am pleased to make a contribution as we reach stage 3 of this important bill. It has been a long process. As an MSP who was elected last year, I have been part of the process for only a short time…

Chamber meeting date: 19 January 2022

Care Inspectorate (Inspection and Assessment of Care Homes)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Last week, it was reported that one third of Scottish care homes are now restricting visits because of the high prevalence of infections in communities and the interpretation of a managed outbreak by public health authorities…

Chamber meeting date: 19 January 2022

Local Government Funding

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I remind members that I am still a member of East Renfrewshire Council, where I have been a councillor for almost 10 years. It has been—and continues to be—one of the most fulfilling roles that I have ever had the honour to have…

Votes

How Paul O'Kane has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul O'Kane has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-02949

Budget (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 27, 2022

Result 69 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-02949.2

Budget (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 27, 2022

Result 25 for, 98 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02949.1

Budget (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 27, 2022

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02895

Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 3 Amendment 2

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Result 49 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 13 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-00590

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS boards require pregnant medical staff to work in settings where there are patients with COVID-19."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 23 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04858

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will develop a stand-alone and cross-cutting strategy for unpaid carers that will incorporate COVID-19 recovery and social care winter planning."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 20 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04857

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will develop a stand-alone strategy for carers, and, if so, when the strategy will be published."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 20 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-03230

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many times an ambulance has been dispatched single-crewed in each year since 2019, broken down by (a) Scottish Ambulance Service division and (b) NHS board area."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 18 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04039

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of some people aged over 60 who are not in the shielding category reportedly being invited to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccine, whether people in this group are receiving this invitation ahead of people who are in the shielding category, and who received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine over…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 17 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03162

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people who had previously received (a) zero doses, (b) one dose and (c) two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been hospitalised due to the virus."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 15 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03789

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress the National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator has made on developing a curriculum on bereavement."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 11 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03792

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) short- and (b) long-term bereavement support is available for families who lose a child suddenly in an NHS hospital."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 2 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03791

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how death, dying and bereavement education will be supported in schools, in light of it not being included in the report on the review of personal and social education in Scotland."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 2 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03696

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to allow new applications for the Scottish Carer's Assistance payment."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 29 October 2021

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