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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.

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 Vice President of the European Movement in Scotland.

I am a member of The Cooperative Party.

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.

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

I am a member of the Edinburgh Solar COOP.

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.

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 30 June 2022

Implementation of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I thank the witnesses for their evidence. I want to follow up on an issue that is raised in the written evidence and that has come out powerfully today…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 30 June 2022

Retained European Union Law

Sarah Boyack: "I want to follow up the answer that we have just had. From a devolved perspective, what specific issues could arise from changing the status of, and basis for amending, retained EU law that should be taken into account in the future…

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Covid-19 Ventilation Short-Life Working Group

3. Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government how its cross-Government Covid recovery policies will take account of the recommendations of its Covid-19 ventilation short-life working group. (S6O-01286)"

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "When I was first sworn into the Parliament, I would never have thought that we would discuss a bill that would actively break international law…

Chamber meeting date: 28 June 2022

Independence Referendum

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Even SNP voters do not want a referendum on the First Minister’s timescale. They want action on the cost of living crisis and they need action now…

Votes

How Sarah Boyack has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sarah Boyack has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.3

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 85 for, 25 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

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-09969

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS Lothian has submitted a full business case for the new eye pavilion in Edinburgh, and, if so, on what date it was submitted, and by what date the Scottish Government will respond."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09970

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07530 by Humza Yousaf on 11 April 2022, whether it will provide an update on what progress has been made on replacing the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09691

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it expects the referral to the Supreme Court of whether the question for a referendum on Scottish independence contained in the proposed referendum Bill relates to reserved matters to cost."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09692

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it has budgeted for regarding the cost associated with the referral to the Supreme Court of whether the question for a referendum on Scottish independence contained in the proposed referendum Bill relates to reserved matters."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09523

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration has been given to any environmental impact of hill tracks constructed on peatland under permitted development rights, in light of Policy 33 in the draft fourth National Planning Framework."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09524

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the introduction in 2014 of the prior notification process for hill tracks constructed for agriculture or forestry succeeded in preventing harmful environmental impacts."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09467

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase spending on active travel in Edinburgh."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09465

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact the value engineering exercise will have on the proposed Roseburn to Union Canal Path Link."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09466

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it plans to spend on active travel projects in Edinburgh over the next four years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09240

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on establishing a Scottish City of Refuge."

Awaiting answer

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