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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alasdair Allan

Scottish National Party

MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for Western Isles (Constituency) 2007 - 2011

About Alasdair Allan

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @alasdairallan

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01851 700357
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

20 Kenneth Street
Stornoway
HS1 2DR

Phone: 01851 700357
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Alasdair is a member of 6 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gàidhlig

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alasdair does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alasdair does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Alasdair does not have any previous roles

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

Register of interests

Alasdair's register of interests

MSP's 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 Alasdair Allan. The date of their initial statement was 31 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I was previously honorary vice president of Energy Action Scotland. On 5 October 2009 I presented awards at Energy Action Scotland’s annual conference at Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Energy Action Scotland (a not for profit organisation bringing together agencies in Scotland to address fuel poverty and related problems, of Suite 4a, Ingram House, 227 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DA) provided me with dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast at Dunblane Hydro Hotel, the value of which was approximately £189, and which therefore falls within the up to £500 bandwidth. On 5 November 2010 I spoke at a conference held by Energy Action Scotland at the Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank. Energy Action Scotland provided bed and breakfast, the value of which was £123 and which therefore falls within the up to £500 bandwidth. I resigned from this post as of 25 May 2011.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

From 6 to 9 June 2008 I visited Lleida and Barcelona in Catalunya for the purposes of speaking at a conference on culture and national identity. The cost of the visit was £460 and was met by Omnium Cultural (an organisation which promotes and studies Catalan culture of Diputació, 276 ppal, 08009 Barcelona, Catalunya).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

No registrable interests.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

In 2017 I ran a competition in schools in the Western Isles to design my official Christmas card. The following donations were made by local firms to cover some of the costs of these cards; Ask Care Hire, Isle of Benbecula, £200; Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, £100; Lighting Electrical, Stornoway, £100; Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Isle of Barra, £50; and Bob Golland Plumbing, Isle of Lewis, £20. [Registered 18 December 2017]

In 2014 I ran a Christmas card competition in local schools at my own expense. I offset the costs with the following donations from local businesses: Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Alex Martin Builders, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Ardhasaig filling station, Isle of Harris (£20).

In 2015 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: AJ Martin Builders Ltd, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£60); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50).

I am a member of Uist Wool, from which I receive no financial or other benefit.

In October 2012 I received a gift of a large framed photograph of the isle of Harris for the wall of my office in Holyrood from the Morvern Gallery ltd, Barvas, Isle of Lewis. The estimated value of this gift is £400.

I am a member of the Harris Development Trust from which I derive no remuneration.

On 5 July 2019 I joined Comunn Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac (Back History Association). I derive no financial benefit from this. [Registered 5 July 2019]

A similar competition was run in 2008 when I received sponsorship of £100 from Macaulay Askernish Ltd and of £150 from AJ Martin Builders (Isle of Lewis).

In October 2009 I was appointed for a period as a member of the Scottish Government’s Scots Language Working Group. I received no remuneration, expenses or benefit in kind for this post.

I am a member of Amnesty International from which I derive no remuneration.

On 13 January 2014 I was presented with a copy of the book "From the Land Comes the Cloth" by Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis. The value of the book is £125.

In 2012 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Rodel Hotel, Rodel, Isle of Harris (£50); Luskentyre Harris Tweed Ltd, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris (£25); AMK Plant and Tipper Hire Ltd, 4 New Park, Callanish, Isle of Lewis (£25); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Island Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); Alex Martin Builders, 55 Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Tangasdale, Isle of Barra (£50).

In November 2007 I received sponsorship from AJ Martin Builders (of Isle of Lewis) of £200 and from the Western Isles SNP Constituency Association of £100. This money was to pay for the cost of printing a Christmas card designed by a competition in local schools.

From 3 to 7 July 2009 I visited St. Kilda in my constituency. The National Trust for Scotland (Charlotte Square, Edinburgh) met the costs of my visit which comprised a return helicopter flight from Benbecula to St. Kilda and bunkhouse accommodation on St. Kilda. I estimate the value of the flights and accommodation to be £200.

I am a member of the Robert Burns World Federation, from which I derive no remuneration.

I am member of Royal British Legion Scotland. I derive no financial benefits from this membership.

I am a member of the Saltire Society, from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. I derive no financial benefit from this.

In 2013 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); SBA architects, Stornoway (£25); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Macleod Garages Stornoway (£40); Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50); and Alex Martin Builders Ltd, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£100).

In 2016 I ran a Christmas card competition in local schools, and offset the cost of printing, etc, through donations from the following local companies: £250 from the Crown Hotel, Stornoway, £100 from Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, £50 from Alex Martin Builders, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis, £30 from Scarista House Hotel, Isle of Harris, and £30 from WJ MacDonald Butchers, Stornoway. [Registered 13 January 2017]

I am a member of the Norwegian Scottish Association in Edinburgh. I gain no financial benefit from this membership.

A similar competition was run in 2010 when I received sponsorship of £80 AJ Martin Builders (Isle of Lewis), £20 from the Isle of Barra Hotel, Isle of Barra, and £10 from the Scarasta House Hotel, Isle of Harris.

I am an associate member of Storas Uibhist (South Uist Community Trust) from which I derive no remuneration.

On Friday 20 July 2018 I visited the Shiant Isles to see the work undertaken by a seabird recovery project. This visit was organised and facilitated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland. The total cost was £60 and this was paid for by the ‘Shiant Isles Restoration Project’. The project is an EU LIFE funding project, delivered by Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland. [Registered 4 October 2018]

I am a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non- proliferation and Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

In 2019 I ran a competition among schools in my constituency to design my official Christmas card. I received the following amounts of sponsorship: Horshader Community Development Trust - £250; Hebridean Energy - £100; Bob Golland Plumbing and Heating - £40; Ken MacDonald & Co - £100; and The Blue Pig Studio, Carloway - £50. [Registered 21 January 2020]

On 11 October 2008 and 16 May 2009 I received dinner, bed and breakfast at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Isle of Harris. The castle was not open to the public at the time but I estimate the value of this to be £250 on each occasion.

I am a member of Comunn Eachdraidh Eiriosgaidh (Eriskay Historical Society) (c/o the community hall, Eriskay). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

A similar competition was run in 2009 when I received sponsorship of £50 from Maclain Ltd, Cnoc an Locha, Middlequarter, North Uist, and of £50 from the Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris.

I received two tickets to the Hebridean Celtic Festival on 18 July 2008 from the Hebridean Celtic Festival Organising Committee. The total value of the tickets was £50.

I am a member of Dualchas Bharraigh (Barra Heritage Society) (Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XD). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

I am a member of Coisir Sgir’ a Bhac (Back Gaelic Choir). I have been involved with this choir since 2006 and subsequently become a paid up member. I receive no remuneration from this membership.

I am a member of the Western Isles Credit Union, where I have had a token amount of £5 invested since 2009. I do this to indicate my support for the Credit Union movement and receive no material financial benefit.

In 2018 I organised a Christmas card competition in local schools. A number of local firms contributed towards offsetting my costs of doing this, though this year, I gave 50% of the below donations to the Iolaire centenary commemoration fund. The donations received were as follows: Creagorry Motors, Isle of Benbecula £200; Luskentyre Harris Tweed Company, Isle of Harris £50; Ken MacDonald and Co, Estate Agents, Isle of Lewis, £50; AJ Martin Builders, Isle of Lewis £50; Mr Alan Brown, £100; Harris Tweed Hebrides, Isle of Lewis, £100. [Registered 19 December 2018]

[Ceased Interest removed from entry: 19 December 2018]

I have a £25 share in Buth Tholastadh (the shop, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis). This is a community owned shop from which I derive no remuneration.

On 3 July 2010 I visited Grimersta Lodge (Uig, Isle of Lewis), in my constituency. The visit included a day’s fishing. The costs of the fishing (£300) were met by Grimersta Lodge.

[Ceased interest removed from entry 15 January 2018]

Biography

Overview

I've been the MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar since 2007, and also a minister in the Scottish Government from 2011 to 2018. I've lived on the Isle of Lewis since 2006, although I'm originally from Selkirk in the Borders. After studying Scottish languages and literature at Glasgow and Aberdeen universities, I went on to work for the SNP, and later for the Church of Scotland's press office.

What motivated you to become an MSP?

I joined the SNP when I was 18, long before I thought of being a politician. I've always thought that the best way for Scotland to tackle poverty, promote a renewable future, or get rid of nuclear weapons, is for Scotland to have the power to fix these things herself.

It's a real privilege to represent a dozen islands across the west of Scotland, and try to help people with the very particular problems that islanders often face.

I'm interested in bringing new economic life to depopulated communities, and to securing a future for the Gaelic language.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alasdair Allan 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.

Energy Inquiry

Alasdair Allan made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 28 October 2020

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "As others have observed, the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee mentioned in its report the need to be honest with the public about the changes that people will have to make over the coming years when it comes to dealing with what has been called “the energy quadrilemma”. That is no mean balancing act, but members will not be surprised to hear…

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Interests

Alasdair Allan made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Finance and Constitution Committee - 28 October 2020

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "Thank you for your welcome, convener. I have no particular interests to declare, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests."

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Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2021-22

Alasdair Allan made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Finance and Constitution Committee - 28 October 2020

Dr Allan: "You have outlined some of the challenges in making predictions for 2018-19. What lessons do you draw from that about making predictions for 2021-22?"

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Covid-19 Restrictions (Impact on Health and Economy)

Alasdair Allan made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 27 October 2020

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "Given what the cabinet secretary has just been saying, what representations will he make to the UK Government about the financial assistance that is needed now to help Scottish businesses and employees to get through this economic crisis?"

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Judicial Review

Alasdair Allan made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints - 27 October 2020

Maureen Watt: "Did those subsequent texts relate to the on-going possibility of mediation, or the judicial review?"

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Votes

How Alasdair Allan has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alasdair Allan has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-22860.1

Recognising the Importance of Family Caregivers

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Result 27 for, 92 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-22860.2

Recognising the Importance of Family Caregivers

Submitted by: Jeane Freeman, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Clare Haughey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 27 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22860

Recognising the Importance of Family Caregivers

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, September 28, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Result 90 for, 27 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22845

The Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 28, 2020

Supported by: Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Result 109 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22803

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Result 108 for, 6 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Motions made by Alasdair Allan in Parliament

Find out what motions Alasdair Allan has submitted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-22791

Global Handwashing Day

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22720

Luskentyre Beach Ranked the 13th Best Beach in the World

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22640

Concerns Regarding the Islands Housing Market

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22394

Western Isles Lottery Celebrates its Third Year

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22341

HebCelt Releases Charity Single

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Written questions

Written questions Alasdair Allan 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.

S5W-32473 - Unanswered

12 October 2020

Allan, Dr Alasdair: "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will issue further guidance for tradespeople regarding safety measures when carrying out work and repairs in people’s homes during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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S5W-32451 - Unanswered

09 October 2020

Allan, Dr Alasdair: "To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Statutory Instrument required to enable island community impact assessments under the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 will be laid."

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S5O-04659 - Unanswered

30 September 2020

Allan, Dr Alasdair: "To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage new entrants to crofting."

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S5O-04649 - Unanswered

23 September 2020

Allan, Dr Alasdair: "To ask the Scottish Government how inshore marine protected areas are managed."

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S5O-04602 - Unanswered

09 September 2020

Allan, Dr Alasdair: "To ask the Scottish Government how it supports home working in the public sector."

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