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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Colin Smyth

Scottish Labour

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Colin Smyth

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6986
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

17 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AT

Phone: 01387 279205
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Colin is a member of 17 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on China

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dementia

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Digital Participation

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Disability

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Future of Football in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Heart Disease and Stroke

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Japan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Older People, Age and Ageing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palliative Care

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Colin does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Colin has 4 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Telecommunications

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Colin does not have any previous roles

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

Register of interests

Colin'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 Colin Smyth. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 4 May 2017, when I stood down, I was a senior councillor for Dumfries and Galloway Council (of English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD). I worked approximately 20 hours per week and I received remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 per annum. I donated my salary to local and national good causes/charities. [Amended interest 09 May 2017]

Until 31 May 2016 I was a volunteer coordinator at Parkinson’s UK, a charity organisation (of 215 Vauxhaull Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EJ). I received remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum and worked 35 hours per week.

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 Chairperson of the Eastriggs Railway Station Action Group (ERSAG). [Registered 9 November 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

I am a member of Unite the Union.

I am Chairperson of the Dumfries and Galloway Fairtrade Steering Group. [Registered 9 November 2017]

I am member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. [Registered 3 April 2018]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

I am a member of GMB Union.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 3 April 2019]

I am a member of Parkinson’s UK.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Colin Smyth 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.

Inward Investment Plan

Colin Smyth made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 27 October 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The plan states that the benefits of employment by inward investors are felt across all of Scotland, but the Government’s own figures show that the proportion of jobs that are supported by foreign direct investment across local authorities varies from close to 30 per cent to less than 5 per cent, with those low levels often being in rural areas.…

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Covid-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework

Colin Smyth made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 27 October 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary said that the restriction levels in each area will reflect effectively the level of Covid cases in that area, so the approach will be more locally tailored…

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Covid-19 (Phone Apps)

Colin Smyth made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 08 October 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "In May, I asked the First Minister whether, given the decision to develop different Covid-19 phone apps in different parts of the United Kingdom, those apps would be compatible with one another. The First Minister’s answer was yes…

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Transport System (Affordability)

Colin Smyth made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 07 October 2020

8. Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to make the transport system more affordable and accessible for people living in poverty. (S5O-04672)"

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Covid-19

Colin Smyth made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 07 October 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The First Minister said that she is providing additional funding to support businesses that are affected by today’s measures, not least hospitality and tourism, which face decimation…

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Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth 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 Colin Smyth in Parliament

Find out what motions Colin Smyth has submitted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-22941

Ayrshire Food Hub Wins Local Champion Award

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22835

Worker Safety and Fatigue at Serco Caledonian Sleeper

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22678

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Week 2020

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22711

Sustainable Aviation Beyond COVID-19

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22313

Save Scotland’s Airports

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Written questions

Written questions Colin Smyth 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-32064 - Answered

25 September 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of Serco Caledonian Sleeper’s reported decision not to engage the services of ACAS to attempt to resolve the RMT's dispute with it regarding worker safety and fatigue."

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S5W-32020 - Answered

24 September 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government what communications the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity has had with trade union representatives from the aviation sector to discuss short-, medium- and long-term support for the sector in the face of COVID-19."

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S5W-32019 - Answered

24 September 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government what plans the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity has to meet trade union representatives from the aviation sector to discuss what action can be taken to support the sector."

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S5W-32063 - Answered

25 September 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with representatives of Serco Caledonian Sleeper regarding the RMT's dispute with it concerning worker safety and fatigue."

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S5W-32065 - Answered

25 September 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to address reported concerns regarding (a) worker safety and fatigue and (b) lack of rest berths for workers on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper."

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