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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Paul Sweeney

Scottish Labour

MSP for Glasgow (Region) 2021 - present day

About Paul Sweeney

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6388
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Brunswick House
51 Wilson Street
Glasgow
G1 1UZ

Committees

Cross-party groups

Paul is a member of 16 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on China

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Civil Nuclear Industry

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Credit Unions

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Japan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Maritime and Shipbuilding

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Medicinal Cannabis

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Migration

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Space

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Paul does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Paul has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Mental Health

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Veterans

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Paul has had 6 previous roles

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

19 January 2023 - 02 May 2023

Health Social Care and Sport Committee

Member

22 September 2021 - 25 April 2023

Economy and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Employment

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Public Finance

Scottish Labour

17 June 2021 - 19 January 2023

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 19 January 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform 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 Sweeney. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I previously worked as an Operations Manager for BAE Systems – Naval Ships (a shipbuilding company of South Street, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 0XN). I worked full time and my salary was between £30,001 and £35,000. I resigned from the company in September 2015 but I am registering this interest on the basis of the prejudice test having been met.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

From 28 July 2019 and 2 August 2019, when I was a Member of the UK Parliament, I visited Beijing and Jinan, China, to participate in the 2019 Young Leaders Roundtable and to build UK-China understanding and partnership on environment and climate change issues. The costs of the visit were £1,586.50 for international flights, £292.74 for accommodation and £215.19 for transport. The costs were met by (a) The Great Britain-China Centre (a UK Government non-departmental public body of 15 Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London SW1X 8PS) with sponsorship from Prudential Plc and China International Capital Corporation (investment banks); and (b) the All-China Youth Federation (a Chinese Government Youth Organisation of 10 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing).

From 15-25 May 2023 I visited New Dehli, Agra, and Ladakh in India to participate in the Generation Next Democracy Network Programme as part of the country’s G20 celebrations. This programme for an international delegation of 38 delegates included tours and introductions to important democratic institutions in India, meetings with elected officials and cultural experiences. The purpose was to educate those nominated by Consulates in their home countries about India’s democratic structures and culture. The costs of the visit were £989 for international flights, £1,613 for accommodation, £558 for domestic flights, and £200 for hospitality. The costs were met by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) (An agency of the Indian Government, at Azad Bhawan Rd, IP Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110002). The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India involved in India's global cultural relations through cultural exchange with other countries. [Registered 23 June 2023, Amended interest 18 August 2023]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

I am a Member of the Campaign for Socialism.

I am a Member of Open Labour.

I am a Member of the Co-operative Party.

I am a Member of the Open Labour Executive Committee. [Registered 23 October 2023]

I am a member of the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

I am a Member of Unite the Union.

I am a Trustee of Beatroute Arts.

I am a Trustee and Director of the Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

I am a trustee of the Courtyard Pantry Enterprise (SC051688). [Registered 26 October 2023]

I am a Member of GMB Union.

I am a Member of the Co-operative Party's National Executive Committee. [Registered 23 October 2023]

I am a trustee of The Egyptian Halls SCIO (administered by the Scottish Civic Trust).

I am a Member of the Fabian Society.

I am a Director and Council Member of the Institution of Engineers in Scotland.

I am a Chair and Trustee of the Springburn Winter Gardens Trust.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Paul Sweeney 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: 8 February 2024

Psychological Services (Availability)

Paul Sweeney (Glasgow) (Lab): "Recent figures show that one in four consultant psychiatrist roles are currently vacant. All the while, the Government is freezing the mental health budget again and is failing to meet its waiting time targets…

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Budget 2024-25 (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport)

Paul Sweeney (Glasgow) (Lab): "Cutting the general capital grant for Scotland’s largest city’s public transport authority from £15 million to zero is an example of catastrophic misadministration, and the Scottish Government should accept responsibility for that…

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol

Paul Sweeney (Glasgow) (Lab): "I also extend my best wishes to the member for Carrick, Cumbernauld and Doon Valley. I appreciated her collegiate approach and her personal passion to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis…

Chamber meeting date: 7 February 2024

Town Centres (Support)

Paul Sweeney (Glasgow) (Lab): "I am deeply disappointed to learn today that the latest round of the regeneration capital grant fund has been put on hold due to the announced cut in capital spending on that fund from £62 million to £45 million…

Votes

How Paul Sweeney has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul Sweeney has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12203.1

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Jeremy Balfour, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 30 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12203.2

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Supported by: Neil Bibby, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 53 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12210

Appointment of Scottish Minister

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 58 for, 8 against, 21 abstained, 42 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12211

Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 57 for, 9 against, 21 abstained, 42 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12203

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Paul McLennan, Emma Roddick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Paul Sweeney has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-25639

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what investment proposals for the River Clyde and Firth of Clyde are in the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council's (SOWEC) Strategic Investment Model."

Answer expected on 5 March 2024

Question ref. S6F-02847

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 February 2024

"To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to the analysis by Citizens Advice Scotland suggesting that over 660,000 people are experiencing mental health problems due to increasing household debt."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24903

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) Glasgow Science Centre Limited and (b) Glasgow City Council regarding effecting the repair works required to reopen the Science Centre's Millennium Bridge across the River Clyde to marine traffic."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 19 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25082

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23447 by Elena Whitham on 11 December 2023, when it expects that data for the number of Recorded Police Warnings issued in 2022-23 will be available."

Answered by Angela Constance on 19 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24897

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will progress a feasibility study regarding the Chartered Institute of Building's proposal for a demolition levy."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03114

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that railway infrastructure is safe and fit for the future."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25499

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will assess the feasibility of reopening the Greenock and Ayrshire Railway to the former Greenock Princes Pier railway station as a direct rail freight link to Greenock Ocean Terminal."

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25476

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when ScotRail plans to commence higher service frequency on the East Kilbride line, subject to the completion of the enhancement project in December 2025."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25495

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the estimated cost is of remediation work to address any cladding defects in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25494

Asked by: Sweeney, Paul, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when any defects in the cladding of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow were first identified."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

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