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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

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Sarah does not have any parliamentary or government roles

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.

11 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

25 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

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 Spokes - The Lothian Cycle Campaign.

I am a member of the Edinburgh Solar COOP.

I am a member of The Cooperative Party.

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

I am a member of both Unison and Community Trade Unions.

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

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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: 16 September 2021

National Health Service Dentistry (Backlog)

6. Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it will address the backlog in national health service dentistry. (S6O-00162)"

Chamber meeting date: 16 September 2021

Decision Time

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer, my machine would not connect in time. I would have abstained. Thank you."

Chamber meeting date: 14 September 2021

Valneva Covid-19 Vaccine

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "It is very welcome to hear from the cabinet secretary that the decision should not impact access to vaccines. Does that include the possibility of 12 to 15-year-olds being given vaccinations and older people getting boosters…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 9 September 2021

BBC Annual Report and Accounts

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I will ask two questions, one of each witness. The first question follows up on the issue of commissioning the programmes in Scotland. Steve Carson talked a bit about rebooting after coming through the pandemic…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 9 September 2021

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Culture Sector Funding

Sarah Boyack: "It is good to have you both with us. I want to follow up on the point about people losing their jobs over the past year when live performances had to stop entirely. Do you have a sense of how many people we have lost from the arts and culture sector…

Votes

How Sarah Boyack has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sarah Boyack has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01248

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 67 for, 30 against, 20 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01248.2

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 25 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01248.1

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Supported by: Sharon Dowey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 33 for, 65 against, 20 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01217.2

Return to Normal GP Services

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Result 67 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01217.1

Return to Normal GP Services

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Paul O'Kane, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Result 56 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Sarah Boyack 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-02126

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what funding it has allocated to Historic Environment Scotland to enable historic sites to be made safe for reopening to members of the public, and what the timescales are for the reopening of these sites."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 7 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02127

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the economic impact on communities of the closure of local historic buildings."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 6 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02125

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on carrying out inspections of the historic sites cited as being closed as a precautionary measure by Historic Environment Scotland on 7 June 2021."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 31 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01918

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for supporting the hospitality sector following the end of furlough."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 10 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01919

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to help ensure that hospitality businesses in (a) Edinburgh and (b) nationally have sufficient staffing cover."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 4 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01049

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to people who have (a) swallowing and (b) communication problems due to long-term illness."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 27 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01048

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to close the reported gap in the take-up of cervical cancer screening between women in the most and least affluent areas, as reported by Public Health Scotland."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 23 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01642

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the message from the director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations of 14 July 2021, whether it will take steps to ensure that the centre can continue its work, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00493

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the speed for offering invites for initial and second COVID-19 vaccinations in the NHS Lothian area is reportedly slower than in other NHS board areas."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00373

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it recognises dental care as part of preventative healthcare, and, if so, how it will ensure that cost is not a barrier to receiving adequate healthcare."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 16 June 2021

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