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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Sharon Dowey

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Sharon Dowey

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @SharonDowey_

Facebook: Sharon's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6980
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

18 Wellington Square
Ayr
KA7 1EZ

Phone: 01292 839130
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Sharon is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Sharon is a member of 15 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Aviation

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Carers

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gardening and Horticulture

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

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 Mental Health

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Space

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Towns and Town Centres

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wood Panel Industry

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Sharon does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Sharon has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Sharon has had 8 previous roles

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

01 September 2021 - 21 March 2024

scottish commission for public audit

Deputy Chair

23 June 2021 - 08 February 2024

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

08 September 2021 - 29 June 2023

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

20 May 2022 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2022 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Europe

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2022 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on International Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

24 June 2021 - 01 September 2021

scottish commission for public audit

Member

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Public Audit Committee

Member

Register of interests

Sharon'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 Sharon Dowey. The date of their initial statement was 26 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until the election I was employed by William Morrison Supermarkets plc (a retailer of Kilwinning Road, Stevenston, KA20 3DE). I worked full time and received remuneration of between £45,001 and £50,000 a year. I handed in my notice on my election and am no longer employed by the company.

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 7 October to 13 October 2023 I visited Delhi, India, as part of a delegation of the Cross Party Group on India. The purpose of the visit was to engage with FinTech and Culture organisations and senior politicians within the Indian government. The total costs of the visit, including flights, hotel accommodation, food and transport, amounted to £2,402.16 and were paid by Amit Shah, Director of Flight Path Travel (a tour and travel agency which sells, flights, hotels and tour packages; Office No. 1, Jubilee Business Centre, 211 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London, NW9 8AQ). [Registered 3 November 2023]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own a house in South Ayrshire with a market value of between £250,001 and £300,000. [Amended interest 5 April 2023]

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

No registrable interests

Recent Activity

What was said

What Sharon Dowey 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: 12 June 2024

Non-domestic Rates Relief (Ayrshire)

7. Sharon Dowey (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that replicating the non-domestic rates relief available to businesses in England would have in Ayrshire, including in relation to job creation. (S6O-03563)"

Chamber meeting date: 5 June 2024

Creative Scotland (Funding)

8. Sharon Dowey (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether Creative Scotland’s funding will be increased during the next financial year. (S6O-03523)"

Chamber meeting date: 5 June 2024

Women Prisoners (Needs and Welfare)

Sharon Dowey (South Scotland) (Con): "Natalie Beal, the governor of HMP Glenochil, has said that it is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with prisoners in their 60s and 70s. In 2018, the Scottish Prison Service spent £636,000 on prisoner social care, but that had trebled to £2…

Criminal Justice Committee meeting date: 5 June 2024

Emergency Release of Prisoners and Other Key Challenges in Scotland’s Prisons

Sharon Dowey (South Scotland) (Con): "My question goes back to the issue of electronic monitoring. Lynsey Smith, you said that there is a marked difference from the previous time when people were released early, because we are not living with Covid restrictions…

Chamber meeting date: 30 May 2024

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill

Sharon Dowey (South Scotland) (Con): "As my colleagues have said, the Scottish Conservatives welcome this long-overdue legislation and its expedited process, and we support mass exoneration of the Scottish victims of this appalling scandal…

Votes

How Sharon Dowey has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sharon Dowey has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13616

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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

Result 66 for, 47 against, 5 abstained, 11 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 for

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 for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13571

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gillian Mackay, Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 10, 2024

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

Result 118 for, 1 against, 0 abstained, 10 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13566.3

Scottish Government Priorities: Eradicating Child Poverty

Submitted by: Douglas Ross, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 10, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Result 27 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 15 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Sharon Dowey has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-28134

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-27858 by Natalie Don on 5 June 2024, whether it will provide a breakdown of the stated £5…

Answer expected on 26 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27829

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the Scottish breast screening programme data 2022-23, what steps are being taken to increase uptake of breast screening to reach the achievable 80% target in all NHS board areas."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 11 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27828

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the Scottish breast screening programme data 2022-23, what steps are being taken to improve uptake rates for women living in Scotland’s most deprived communities."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 10 June 2024

Question ref. S6O-03582

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will provide an update on the review commissioned by the security team, in light of the protest that took place on 21 February 2024."

Taken in the Chamber on 13 June 2024

Question ref. S6O-03563

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that replicating the non-domestic rates relief available to businesses in England would have in Ayrshire, including in relation to job creation."

Taken in the Chamber on 12 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28029

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the refreshed Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Historic Environment sector, which was published on 1 April 2024, what additional investment has been allocated to progress the priority areas identified, particularly to provide career opportunities in the South of Scotland and in the historic built…

Answer expected on 19 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27858

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide (a) an update on how it has spent the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund to date and (b) a breakdown of its proposed spending plans for the fund in the current financial year."

Answered by Natalie Don on 5 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27695

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what support and guidance it plans to provide to Ayrshire College, in light of reports that the college will be required to find an additional £882,000 in revenue savings in order to be able to continue to be financially sustainable, following the reported policy change regarding the transfer of funds between…

Answered by Graeme Dey on 4 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27694

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the reported policy change regarding the transfer of funds between revenue and capital departmental expenditure limit budgets that colleges use to manage their estate."

Answered by Graeme Dey on 4 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27910

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has implemented any of the recommendations in its report, Fit for the Future: developing a post-school learning system to fuel economic transformation."

Answer expected on 13 June 2024

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