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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.

Committees

Paul is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Paul is not a member of any 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 does not have any previous roles

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

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 member of ENABLE Scotland.

I am a member of LGBT Labour Scotland.

I am a patron of LGBT Labour.

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: 10 June 2021

Unpaid Carers (Support)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of member’s interests, as a former employee of Enable Scotland. Throughout lockdown, unpaid carers have been struggling because of the lack of respite as a result of other support being withdrawn…

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Coronavirus Acts Report

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I heard what the cabinet secretary said in response to colleagues about wanting to be constructive in the forthcoming bill. Mental health has been a huge issue across the nation during this period…

Chamber meeting date: 1 June 2021

Covid-19

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "The news today that East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire will remain in level 2 is disappointing, particularly for local people and businesses…

Chamber meeting date: 1 June 2021

National Health Service Recovery Plan

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Thank you, Deputy Presiding Officer. I welcome you to your role. It is an honour to be able to make my first speech in the chamber and to close for Scottish Labour in this important debate on our health service’s recovery…

Chamber meeting date: 18 May 2021

Covid-19 (Glasgow)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Thank you, Presiding Officer. As this is my first contribution in the chamber, I congratulate you on being elected to the chair. We are now in a race against time between the spread of new variants and the number of people who have been vaccinated…

Votes

How Paul O'Kane has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul O'Kane has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-00382

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 14, 2021

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Kate Forbes, Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn, Ivan McKee, Shirley-Anne Somerville
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Result 91 for, 29 against, 1 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-00382.3

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Result 93 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-00382.1

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit

Submitted by: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Result 29 for, 73 against, 21 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00369.1

Women’s Health

Submitted by: Annie Wells, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 14, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Result 33 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00294.2

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 57 for, 58 against, 6 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. S6W-00735

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date it will bring forward proposals to amend the Gender Recognition Act 2004."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00736

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ban the practice of so-called LGBT+ conversion therapy."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00738

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to implement the recommendations of the Scotland Eating Disorder Service Review."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00737

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support LGBT+ Pride, including what financial support it is providing for (a) Pride organising groups and (b) LGBT+ charities, in light of the large-scale public events that have been cancelled over Pride month in each of the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00540

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the COVID-19 infection rate for people with (a) asthma, (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (c) idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), (d) bronchiectasis and (e) obstructive sleep apnoea has been in each month since March 2020."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00541

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the death rate from COVID-19 for people with (a) asthma, (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (c) idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), (d) bronchiectasis and (e) obstructive sleep apnoea has been in each month since March 2020."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00543

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people with (a) asthma, (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (c) idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), (d) bronchiectasis and (e) obstructive sleep apnoea have been diagnosed with long COVID in each month since March 2020."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00542

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the COVID-19 vaccination rate for people with (a) asthma, (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (c) idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), (d) bronchiectasis and (e) obstructive sleep apnoea has been in each month since March 2020."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00037

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made for universities places for 2021-22, and what action is being taken to support universities in coping with any variations in demand."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 1 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00038

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on entry requirements for universities."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 1 June 2021

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