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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: 13 June 2024

Public Service Investment

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "Will the cabinet secretary give way?"

Chamber meeting date: 12 June 2024

Rural Depopulation

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "I, too, thank Tim Eagle for bringing this important debate to the chamber. Depopulation has long been recognised as a rural problem, yet we have seen very little progress in addressing it…

Chamber meeting date: 30 May 2024

Road Equivalent Tariff (Northern Isles Ferry Routes)

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "Will the cabinet secretary confirm that state aid rules and competition law are no longer a barrier to having RET on northern isles routes…

Chamber meeting date: 30 May 2024

Rural Affordable Homes for Key Workers Fund

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests…

Chamber meeting date: 29 May 2024

Scallop Dredging (Licensing)

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "With reference to herring spawning areas such as those off Gairloch, is there not an opportunity to work with the fishing community to put in place practical measures that would enable the quick closure of fish spawning areas for the duration of the event, so that no damage is done to juvenile stocks?"

Votes

How Rhoda Grant has voted in Parliament

Find out how Rhoda Grant has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13602.1

Scottish Government Priorities: Investing in Scotland’s Public Services

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Result 24 for, 81 against, 0 abstained, 24 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13602.2

Scottish Government Priorities: Investing in Scotland’s Public Services

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Result 45 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 23 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13602

Scottish Government Priorities: Investing in Scotland’s Public Services

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Supported by: Neil Gray, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Result 61 for, 46 against, 0 abstained, 22 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 34 Amendment 9

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 29 for, 79 against, 1 abstained, 20 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 34 Amendment 6

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 29 for, 81 against, 1 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted against

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-28124

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) grants have been awarded to, (b) contracts have been entered into with and (c) payments have been made to Highland Rewilding by (i) it and (ii) any of its agencies; for what purpose any such funding was provided, and what due diligence was undertaken in relation to Highland Rewilding's financial status and…

Answer expected on 26 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-26881

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much private finance, which involves paying returns to private investors, was (a) arranged under the support of the private finance pilot and (b) spent on (i) tree planting and (ii) peatland restoration between the launch of the £2 billion private finance pilot on 1 March 2023 and the last day of February…

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 5 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27928

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take regarding reports that UHI Inverness plans to withhold 100% of pay for lecturing staff taking part in action short of strike, including any steps that are being taken to end the ongoing pay dispute, and what its position is on whether any such action by UHI is in line with fair work practices."

Answer expected on 14 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27620

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will expedite protection of the Gairloch Erradale area of sea, in light of reports of the local community's discovery of a herring egg-laying site."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 31 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03478

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27195

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the Market Framework for Natural Capital – Engagement Framework, as referenced on page 4, what amount of investment in natural capital markets is required to reach a level "sufficient to meet Scotland's climate and nature restoration goals" and that would provide for the estimated job creation…

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 15 May 2024

Question ref. S6F-03136

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 May 2024

"To ask the First Minister, in light of reports that only four homes have been approved nationally under the affordable housing initiative for key workers scheme, whether he will provide an update on what efforts the Scottish Government will make to address the reported housing crisis in rural and island areas."

Taken in the Chamber on 16 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27057

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many temporary "drive on left" signs have been installed on the A9, and what the ongoing cost is."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 7 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27056

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £5 million announced in December 2022 for extra road safety measures on the A9 has been spent to date, and for what purpose."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 7 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27061

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when routine maintenance of (a) white lineage and (b) bollards was last carried out at each junction on the A9 between Inverness and Thurso."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 7 May 2024

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