On 13 October 2016 I appeared as a guest on the BBC’s “Have I Got News For You”. I received remuneration of £1,500 from Hattrick Productions (a television production company, of 10 Livonia Street, London, W1F 8AF), which produces the programme. They also paid for one night’s accommodation at Premier Inn London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London at a cost of £177. [Registered 01 November 2016]
On 16 October 2016 I appeared as a guest on the BBC’s “Great British Bake Off – An Extra Slice”. I received remuneration of £2,065 from Love Productions (a television production company, of 43 Eagle Street, London, WC1R 4AT), which produces the programme. They also paid for one night’s accommodation at Hilton London Bankside, Great Suffolk Street, London at a cost of £178.34 and a flight from Edinburgh Airport to London City Airport at a cost of £66.49. [Registered 11 November 2016]
On 17 December 2016, I received a book advance of £20,500 from Hodder and Stoughton (a publishing firm of Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DZ). This advance is for writing a book and I expect to spend 20 hours per month doing this. [Registered 13 January 2017]
On 15 August 2017, I received payment of £3,000 from Unherd Limited (a media company of America House, Rumford Court, Rumford Place, Liverpool, L3 9DD) for an essay I was commissioned to write. [Registered 05 September 2017]
On 20 September 2018 I received £12,946.92 from Hodder and Stoughton (a publishing firm of Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DZ). This money was for the delivery and publication of a book. On 13 March 2019 I received £6,833.04 from Hodder and Stoughton. This money was for the delivery and publication of the paperback version of a book. [Registered 2 October 2018, Amended Interest 28 March 2019]
On 1 October 2018 I received £1,000 from Hachette (a publishing firm of Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DZ). This was for supplying the audio read of a book. [Registered 2 October 2018]
On 5 May 2019, I began a weekly column for the Mail on Sunday (Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TS). I receive £300 for each contribution. [Registered 10 May 2019]
On 21 May 2019 I received £5,000 from ITV Studios (a media firm of Trafford Warf Road, Manchester, M17 1FZ). This was for an appearance on The Celebrity Chase. I donated this fee, minus tax, to Maggie’s Centre (a charity of The Gatehouse, 10 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6PA). [Registered 12 June 2019]
On 2 July 2019 I was paid £300 for an article I wrote for the UnHerd Ltd website (a media company of Thomas House, 84 Eccleston Square London, SW1V 1PX). [Registered 3 July 2019]
On 9 September 2019 I was paid £300 for an article I wrote for the UnHerd website by UNHERD LTD (a media company of Thomas House, 84 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1PX). [Registered 26 September 2019]
On 16 September 2019 I made a speech in London to the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) (a think tank on international defence and security of 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET). RUSI paid my return flights and accommodation at a cost of £622.06. [Registered 26 September 2019]
On 23 September 2019 I was paid £450 for a column I wrote for the Evening Standard newspaper by the Evening Standard Ltd (Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT). [Registered 26 September 2019]
On Saturday 4 February 2012 I, and my partner, attended the Calcutta Cup match between Scotland and England and had dinner as guests of the President of the Scottish Rugby Union (the governing body and promoter of Scottish rugby union, of Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ). The total value of this hospitality was £1188.
On Saturday 9 March 2013 I attended the Scotland v Wales Six Nations match as a guest of the Scottish Rugby Union (the governing body and promoter of Scottish rugby union, of Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ). The Scottish Rugby Union provided two match tickets and hospitality, the combined value of which is estimated by the SRU to be around £1000.
On Friday 26 September I attended the Ryder Cup as a guest of the Scottish Government (of St. Andrew's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG). The value of the hospitality pass was £1100.
On Monday 3 December I received a chair from Boss Design Limited (of Boss Drive, Dudley, DY2 8SZ). The value of the chair is £700. [Registered 21 December 2018]
From 14 to 16 February 2017 I travelled to Washington DC to participate in a forum organised by Women In The World (owned by Tina Brown Media Company, of 620 8th Avenue, New York). Women in The World paid for two night’s accommodation at Melrose Hotel, 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC at a cost of £310 and flights between London Heathrow and Washington DC and Washington DC to Edinburgh at a cost of £705. [Registered 17 March 2017]
From 23 to 24 January 2018 I travelled to Davos, Switzerland to speak at a Women of Impact dinner organised by Women in The World (owned by Tina Brown Media Company, of 620 8th Avenue, New York). Women in The World paid for one night’s accommodation at Hotel Europe, Promenade 63, 7270 Davos at a cost of £246 and flights between Zurich and Edinburgh at a cost of CHF 235.50. [Registered 9 February 2018]
From 10 to 13 February 2018 I travelled to Kabul, Afghanistan to see the work of the HALO Trust (a humanitarian mine clearance organisation of Carronfood, Thornhill, Dumfries, DG3 5BF). The HALO Trust paid for flights to and from Kabul at a cost of £1065.36. [Registered 9 March 2018]
No registrable interests
No registrable interests
Interest in shares:
Since 14 October 2019, I have owned ordinary shares in Kirkholm Broadlands Ltd, a management consultancy, representing 50% of the issued share capital. [Registered 24 October 2019]
I am a member of the Church of Scotland.
[Ceased interest removed from entry: 18 December 2018]
Between 12 and 15 February 2015 I travelled to Srebrenica as a guest of the charity Remembering Srebrenica (Charity No: 1142686).
Ceased interest removed from entry: 8 May 2019]
I am the Vice President of the Scotland Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
On Saturday 28 March I, and my partner, attended Mingarry Castle and had dinner and an overnight stay as guests of Ardnamurchan Estate (of Mingary House, Kilchoan, Acharacle PH36 4LH). The value of this hospitality was below the discretion threshold.
On 7 September 2016 I received a bottle of Malawian Gin from the Scotland Malawi Partnership. The value of this gift was below the discretion threshold. [Registered 12 September 2016]
On Saturday 19 November 2016 I, and my partner, attended the Scotland v Argentina rugby match as a guest of BT Scotland and the Scottish Rugby Union (the telecoms company of 1 Lochside View, Edinburgh EH12 9DH and the governing body and promoter of Scottish rugby union, of Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ). BT Scotland and the Scottish Rugby Union provided two match tickets and hospitality. The value of this hospitality was below the discretion threshold. [Registered 30 November 2016]
I am an Honorary Colonel of 32nd Signal Regiment. [Registered 22 June 2017]
I sit on the board of the John Smith Centre for Public Service. [Registered 8 December 2017]
I previously wrote a fortnightly column for The Scotsman for which I received no remuneration. [Registered 15 December 2017, Amended interest 19 March 2018, Amended interest 19 November 2019, Ceased interest 19 November 2019]
On 24 January 2020 I was paid a £7,500 fee by ITV (of 200 Grays Inn Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8XZ) for participating in the network’s election night coverage. [Registered 12 February 2020]
I am a Trustee of The Halo Trust (the mine clearance charity of Dumfries, Thornhill DG3 5BF). This role is unremunerated. [Registered 27 March 2020]
Remuneration and related undertaking:
On 12 September 2016, I was commissioned to write a short series of 3 columns for The Daily Telegraph
newspaper (of 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0DT). I receive remuneration of £500 per
column. [Registered 22 September 2016]