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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Sarah Boyack

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2019 - present day

Former MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - 2016

Former MSP for Edinburgh Central (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About Sarah Boyack

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6994
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Sarah is a member of 18 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palestine

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scots Language

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Transport

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Sarah has 1 parliamentary and government role

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Party Roles

Sarah has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on the Constitution

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Sarah has had 15 previous roles

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

25 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

11 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

05 February 2020 - 25 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

10 September 2019 - 11 September 2019

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Member

03 September 2013 - 08 January 2015

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 20 September 2007

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

10 June 2003 - 15 January 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Convener

10 June 2003 - 15 January 2007

Conveners Group

Member

04 June 2003 - 10 June 2003

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

31 October 2002 - 31 March 2003

Audit Committee

Member

26 September 2002 - 31 March 2003

Social Justice Committee

Substitute Member

06 March 2003 - 31 March 2003

European and External Relations Committee

Member

29 November 2001 - 05 March 2003

European Committee

Member

07 March 2002 - 27 June 2002

Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Sarah'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 Sarah Boyack. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I worked as Head of Public Affairs for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Sutherland House, 149 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5NW, part time for the first three weeks from February 2017, then full time from March 2017. I left the post on 12 July 2019 and was returned to Parliament on 15 July 2019. On 26 July 2019, I received a final salary payment of between £1,001 and £2,000 representing the outstanding salary owed to me.

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 both Unison and Community Trade Unions.

I am a member of The Cooperative Party.

I am a member of the Edinburgh Solar COOP.

I am a member of Spokes - The Lothian Cycle Campaign.

I am a Vice President of the European Movement in Scotland.

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

I worked as a temporary and part time lecturer at Heriot Watt University teaching Planning and Environmental Studies from September 2016 until March 2017.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Sarah Boyack 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: 2 February 2023

Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Will the member take an intervention?"

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 2 February 2023

Crisis in Ukraine

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I go back to the issues of homelessness and housing. I direct members to my entry in the register of members’ interests…

Chamber meeting date: 31 January 2023

Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "That is a bit ironic, given that David Lammy made a significant speech last week and our members have been banging the drum about the mistakes that the Tory Government is making. Mr Lochhead’s allegation of silence is totally inaccurate."

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 26 January 2023

Crisis in Ukraine

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "It is very good to see you today, consul. We appreciate the fact that you are telling us what feedback you got from Ukrainians who have come to Scotland. We tend to meet individual people, so to get general feedback from them is critical for us…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 19 January 2023

Budget Scrutiny 2023-24

Sarah Boyack: "Cabinet secretary, you mentioned the issue of where the money will come from…

Votes

How Sarah Boyack has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sarah Boyack has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07812.2

Addressing the Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 53 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07812.3

Addressing the Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Maree Todd, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 67 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07813.1

Investing in the Future of Social Care

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 21 for, 95 against, 4 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07813

Investing in the Future of Social Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 6, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 67 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07812

Addressing the Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 6, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 65 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Sarah Boyack has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-14517

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the impact in Scotland of the changes to the Energy Bills Discount Scheme due to take effect in March 2023."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 7 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14519

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the impact in Scotland of increased fuel bills."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 7 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14306

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to proposals from Midlothian Council to remove free musical instrument lessons for some pupils."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 7 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14573

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will no longer need the MS Ambition beyond the current contract end date of 31 March 2023."

Answer expected on 2 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14572

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to extend the contract for the MS Ambition beyond the current contract end date of 31 March 2023."

Answer expected on 2 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14221

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what the remit is of its data reconciliation project, as outlined in its publication, Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme in Scotland: statistics – December 2022."

Answered by Neil Gray on 31 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14281

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to make a decision on whether to establish a public inquiry into the 2014 and 2018 Glasgow School of Art fires, in light of the correspondence with the Scottish Parliament's Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee, in 2022, and the reported ongoing concerns about the works to…

Answered by Angus Robertson on 31 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14172

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government which routes will see peak fare rail prices removed as part of the trial from April 2023."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 31 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14173

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government which routes will not see peak fare rail prices removed as part of the trial from April 2023."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 31 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14435

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to putting in place further discounts for students to access public transport."

Answer expected on 10 February 2023

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