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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Rhoda Grant

Scottish Labour

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2007 - present day

Former MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 1999 - 2003

About Rhoda Grant

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @rhodagrant

Facebook: Rhoda's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5766
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

3 Gordon Terrace
Inverness
IV2 3HD

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Rhoda is a member of 15 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Funerals and Bereavement

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gaelic

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Men's Violence Against Women and Children

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poverty

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Enterprise

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tibet

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Rhoda does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Rhoda has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Islands

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Rhoda has had 59 previous roles

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

22 September 2021 - 25 April 2023

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Islands

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Chief Whip

Scottish Labour

19 January 2023 - 31 January 2023

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

01 March 2021 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

01 March 2021 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Labour

25 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

26 November 2020 - 04 May 2021

Justice Committee

Member

02 December 2020 - 04 May 2021

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

16 November 2020 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Labour

05 May 2020 - 25 November 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

28 April 2020 - 16 November 2020

Party Spokesperson on Eradication of Poverty and Social Inequality

Scottish Labour

10 September 2019 - 05 May 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

02 September 2019 - 28 April 2020

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

10 September 2019 - 05 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

25 June 2019 - 30 October 2019

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

09 January 2018 - 10 September 2019

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

23 April 2019 - 10 September 2019

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

09 January 2018 - 10 September 2019

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

04 October 2018 - 02 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

03 June 2019 - 02 September 2019

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

01 November 2018 - 20 November 2018

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

21 December 2017 - 22 October 2018

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Women and Equality

Scottish Labour

08 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Party Spokesperson on Telecommunications

Scottish Labour

06 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Equal Opportunities

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Welfare

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Care

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Inclusion

Scottish Labour

03 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Health and Sport Committee

Member

07 October 2015 - 23 March 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

06 January 2015 - 24 August 2015

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Labour

01 June 2011 - 03 September 2013

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Labour

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Labour

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish Labour

23 June 2011 - 21 May 2013

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

20 May 2011 - 20 December 2011

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

20 May 2011 - 20 December 2011

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Labour

17 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Deputy Whip

Scottish Labour

05 November 2009 - 22 March 2011

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

05 November 2009 - 22 March 2011

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

30 April 2009 - 22 March 2011

Health and Sport Committee

Member

02 October 2008 - 04 November 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Substitute Member

24 September 2008 - 20 April 2009

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Labour

24 September 2008 - 20 April 2009

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Economy

Scottish Labour

27 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

20 September 2007 - 01 October 2008

Health and Sport Committee

Member

13 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Public Petitions Committee

Member

26 February 2002 - 31 March 2003

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Minister for Social Justice

Scottish Government

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Public Petitions Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Rural Affairs Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Finance Committee

Member

Register of interests

Rhoda'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 Rhoda Grant. The date of their initial statement was 18 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 1 July 2022 I received two tickets from Inverness Caledonian Thistle (a Football Club of Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Stadium Road, Inverness IV1 1FF) for the Andrea Bocelli - Believe World Tour. The value of the tickets was £330. [Registered 4 July 2022]

Overseas visits

From 6 to 7 March 2023 I attended and spoke at a side event at the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. I was invited to speak as Convener of the Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking and co-convenor of the Cross Party Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The cost of the trip was £535.25 for accommodation and overnight costs and 2,559.57 Euros for flights, which is equivalent to approximately £2,256.68. All costs were met by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (of Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria), an intergovernmental regional security organisation with observer status at the United Nations. [Registered 14 March 2023]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own a sixth share of a house in Lewis with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. The gross income is up to £5,000 per annum. The property is occupied by one of the co-owners and the income is used to cover the property maintenance costs. [Amended interest 15 June 2023]

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I received on bottle of whisky from the Scotch Whisky Association, the nominal value for the COP26 Limited Edition Blended Scotch Whisky to be £30, although it is not for commercial sale. [Registered 16 December 2021]

I am a member of the Co-Operative Party MSP Group.

I am a member of Unison.

Until 22 March 2023 I was a Director of the North Applecross Woodlands Company Limited. There was no remuneration attached to the post. [Amended interest 3 July 2023, Ceased interest 3 July 2023]

I received £100 from Unison as a contribution to my regional list selection campaign.

I am the Vice Chair of Friends of the Far North Line. This is an honorary position for which I receive no remuneration.

Since July 2023, I have employed an intern for four days per week. Since September, the intern has attended the CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) education and training Leadership Programme outside of his time employed by me. [Registered 14 September 2023]

Between 26 and 29 April 2023, I attended and spoke at a United Nations conference in Dubrovnik entitled “Reducing Demand for Sexual Exploitation of Trafficking Victims in South-Eastern Europe: Commitment to Comprehensive Action”. The total cost of the visit, including travel, accommodation and subsistence, came to £1,388.34 and was met by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Human trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch. [Registered 11 May 2023]

From 29 September 2020 until 22 July 2021, I was in receipt of the services of an intern. The intern received a bursary from CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), for the educational component of its Leadership Programme only, and provided services separately to me in their own time. I paid for their services, for seven hours per week, between April and July 2021 and the intern was a self-funded volunteer for the rest of the placement. [Amended interest, 4 July 2022; Amended interest, 18 July 2022]

I am a member of the Co-Operative Party.

Between 10 and 13 May 2022, I attended and spoke at a United Nations conference entitled "Improving response to trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation especially women and girls, through addressing demand in South-Eastern Europe". The total cost of the visit, including travel, accommodation and subsistence, came to £1,184 and was met by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Human trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch. [Registered 28 July 2022]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Rhoda Grant 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: 29 February 2024

Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2024

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "I thank Paul Sweeney for securing the debate. I commend the work of Marie Curie and wish it well with the daffodil appeal…

Chamber meeting date: 28 February 2024

Screen Machine

5. Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to protect the future of the Screen Machine mobile cinema. (S6O-03122)"

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 28 February 2024

Scottish Food Commission (Appointment) Regulations 2024 [Draft]

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "I have a quick question on the back of that. Given that the commission has still to be set up and given that the plan is still being consulted on, can you tell us what the commission’s remit is with regard to the plan…

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 28 February 2024

Sandeel (Prohibition of Fishing) (Scotland) Order 2024 (SSI 2024/36)

Rhoda Grant: "We should perhaps write to the Scottish Government to ask what discussions it has had with the Danish Government on fisheries. I understand that we do not fish for sand eel at all, but I think that the species is important to the Danish fishery…

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 28 February 2024

Sea Fish (Prohibition on Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2024 (SSI 2024/6)

Rhoda Grant: "I will press you a wee bit in relation to juvenile cod being discarded by the prawn fishery trawling industry. The evidence that we have received suggests that the closure approach is wrong and that most juvenile cod are caught by trawling…

Votes

How Rhoda Grant has voted in Parliament

Find out how Rhoda Grant has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12093

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 63 for, 51 against, 1 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12331

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Maree Todd, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Neil Gray, Jenni Minto
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 65 for, 50 against, 1 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12130

Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024

Submitted by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 12, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 65 for, 0 against, 52 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12304

Recommendations of the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 26, 2024

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Natalie Don
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 96 for, 20 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12317

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill (Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1)

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 52 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Rhoda Grant has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-25949

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any potential public expenditure or contingent liability implications for its Budget to de-risk or otherwise sufficiently underwrite private investment in nature sufficient to deliver private investment at the scale of (a) £5 billion, (b) £10 billion and (c) £15 billion…

Answer expected on 15 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25948

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government to what extent meeting its tree planting targets depends upon land under crofting tenure, and what proportion of land with planting potential is assessed to be within crofting tenure."

Answer expected on 15 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25947

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of degraded peatland requiring restoration is on land that is within crofting tenure, and what the approximate acreage is of such land."

Answer expected on 15 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25636

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the only local authority area to currently be without access to a Community Links Worker programme, whether it has any plans to roll out such a programme there."

Answered by Neil Gray on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25846

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what creative approaches it is taking towards identifying and treating people with hepatitis C, as set out in the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Action Plan 2023-2026."

Answer expected on 13 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25502

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the 2020 opinion of the Court of Session regarding the respective rights of the landowner of a common grazing and the crofters in relation to the use of the land, whether it plans to take action to ensure that crofters can (a) carry out peatland restoration on common grazings and (b) have ownership of any…

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25649

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what data it has regarding any impact of deer numbers in Scotland on the natural regeneration of trees and scrub; what its position is on what the optimal number of deer per hectare on unfarmed land is that would achieve sustained natural regeneration of tree cover, and how any such optimal number of deer per hectare…

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25648

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the numbers of wild deer in Scotland are a significant inhibitor to greater biodiversity."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03122

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to protect the future of the Screen Machine mobile cinema."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24939

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much Serco NorthLink Ferries received from the (a) final annual subsidy and (b) annual revenue from passengers in relation to the provision of the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract in (i) 2021, (ii) 2022 and (iii) 2023."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 20 February 2024

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