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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alison Johnstone

Scottish Green Party

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - present day

About Alison Johnstone

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6362
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Alison is a member of 14 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Basic Income

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Children and Young People

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cycling, Walking and Buses

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Deafness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health: 2021 and Beyond

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Learning Disability

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sport

Co-Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women's Health

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alison has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Scottish Commission for Public Audit

Member

Presiding Officer's Advisory Group

Member

Party Roles

Alison has 5 party roles

Party Leader

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Green Party

Previous roles

Alison has had 8 previous roles

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

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

27 November 2014 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Member

27 November 2014 - 23 March 2016

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

29 October 2014 - 27 November 2014

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 November 2012 - 27 November 2014

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

01 November 2012 - 29 October 2014

Referendum Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

23 June 2011 - 01 November 2012

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

09 June 2011 - 01 May 2012

Scotland Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alison'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 Alison Johnstone. The date of their initial statement was 18 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

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 supporter of Shelter.

I am a supporter of UNICEF.

I am a member of Friends of Lagganlia.

I am a member of Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign.

I own a share, worth £250, in Harlow Hydro, a community hydropower scheme near Edinburgh. This is not greater than 1% of the total value of the share capital.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of Scottish Athletics.

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

I own a share, worth £250, in Dig-In Brunstfield, a community greengrocer in Edinburgh. This is not greater than 1% of the total value of the share capital.

On 28 November I received a Hills and Harbour Gin Tasting Set (1 bottle of gin, plus two glasses) from the League Against Cruel Sports. The value of this gift was £44. [21 December 2017]

I am a Scotland Committee Member of Fields in Trust (operating name of the National Playing Fields Association).

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alison Johnstone 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: 26 November 2020

Independent Review of Grouse Moor Management

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "Thank you, Presiding Officer. On average, 26,000 mountain hares are killed in Scotland annually in the mistaken belief that it boosts grouse numbers…

Chamber meeting date: 26 November 2020

Violence against Women

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "Rhoda Grant is right that we need a new culture, and I would like to live in a culture where such a debate was not necessary on an annual basis. The Scottish Greens will support the Government motion and the Conservative and Labour amendments…

Chamber meeting date: 25 November 2020

Covid-19 (Roll-out of Testing Programme)

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "I am delighted that all front-line NHS staff working in health and social care are finally going to be giving given weekly testing, which is something that my Green colleagues and I have been calling for since April, and it is the least that our doctors and carers deserve. However, it has taken seven months to get to this point, and I am slightly…

Chamber meeting date: 24 November 2020

Covid-19

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "The First Minister confirmed in her statement that 8.6 per cent of recent tests have proved positive, which is above the World Health Organization threshold of 5 per cent, at which point the WHO states that the virus is out of control…

Chamber meeting date: 19 November 2020

Covid-19 (Parliamentary Scrutiny)

3. Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green): "The First Minister has welcomed scrutiny of her Government’s response to the pandemic and, as always, the Scottish Green Party is committed to playing a constructive role in opposition…

Votes

How Alison Johnstone has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alison Johnstone has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23958

Prioritising COVID-19 Vaccination and Economic Recovery

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Result 65 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23958.3

Prioritising COVID-19 Vaccination and Economic Recovery

Submitted by: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Jeane Freeman, Jenny Gilruth, Mairi Gougeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Result 65 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23803

Post-mortem Examinations (Defence Time Limit) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Result 26 for, 90 against, 1 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23917

Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 21, 2021

Result 26 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23911

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 96 for, 5 against, 18 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alison Johnstone 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. S5W-33757

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents involving snaring have been reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland in each calendar year since 2017, also broken down by how many subsequent (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were."

Answered by: James Wolffe QC on 17 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33874

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what COVID-19-related business support is available to cattery and kennel businesses, in light of reports that some have been advised that their business does not fall into a category where such support is available."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33875

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to businesses that are not required to close by the COVID-19 restrictions but are experiencing financial difficulties because of the impact of the pandemic and the restrictions that are in place elsewhere on the amount of business that they can carry out."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 14 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33494

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 24 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area have been provided with hotel accommodation in which to self-isolate since 23 March 2020."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 9 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33684

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 2 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that (a) people on low incomes, (b) older people and (c) vulnerable people are supported to (i) acquire, (ii) install and (iii) maintain in working order the smoke and heat alarm equipment specified in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 9 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33173

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of international evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to COVID-19 severity, what studies it (a) has undertaken and (b) is undertaking to monitor the effect of vitamin D levels on COVID-19 severity."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33275

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 16 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that dentists who commenced their vocational training year in August 2019 are facing a reduction in pay of 50% due to insufficient COVID-19 top-up payments."

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33189

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that positive COVID-19 test results reach relevant health professionals, such as general practitioners, promptly."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33175

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what studies it (a) has undertaken and (b) is undertaking on vitamin D blood levels."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33190

Asked by: Johnstone, Alison, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that positive COVID-19 test results reach contact-tracing teams immediately."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

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