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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Andy Wightman

Scottish Green Party

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2016 - present day

About Andy Wightman

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 07984 014368
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Andy is a member of 15 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Architecture and the Built Environment

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Credit Unions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Industrial Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Russia

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scottish Showmen's Guild

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Shared Parenting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Enterprise

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Science

Deputy Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women in Enterprise

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Andy has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

Party Roles

Andy has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Green Party

Previous roles

Andy has had 4 previous roles

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

06 September 2018 - 19 December 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Andy'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 Andy Wightman. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

On 3 April 2017 I received £450 for undertaking teaching and examination duties for the University of Glasgow School of Law (of University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ). This was a one-off engagement . [Registered 28 April 2017]

On 19 June 2017 I received £150 from the University of Glasgow (of University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ) as a fee for participation in a Creative Conversations event on 5 December 2016. [Registered 30 June 2017]

On 14 February 2017 I received £66 under the Public Lending Right (administered by the British Library, of the PLR office, the British Library, Stockton-on-Tees). The Public Lending Right ensures that British authors receive payment for the free lending of their books. [Registered 27 February 2017]

On 19 June 2017 I received £150 from the University of Glasgow (of University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ) as a fee for participation in a Creative Conversations event on 5 December 2016. [Registered 30 June 2017]

Prior to my election I conducted research and writing on a full time basis, as a sole trader. In this financial year (2016-17) I received remuneration of approximately £7,200 for (a) work carried out and completed prior to the date of the election and (b) work commissioned prior to 5 May 2016 but not yet completed. I do not intend to take on any more work of this nature while serving as an MSP. On 12 August 2016 I received £2,725.80 of royalty payments for published books. In total, I received remuneration of between £10,001 and £15,000 this financial year (2016-17). On 31 August 2017 I received £2,396.54 in royalty payments from Birlinn Ltd. (a publishing company of West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS). Until 1 February 2019 I received subscription payments to www.whoownsscotland.org.uk which amounted to approximately £500 a month, on an ongoing basis. From 1 February 2019 I no longer receive subscription payments. On 31 August 2018 I received a royalties payment from Birlinn Ltd. of £1904.05. On 30 August 2019 I received a royalties payment of £1971.85 from Birlinn Ltd. [Amended interest 23 August 2016, Amended interest 30 June 2017, Amended interest 28 September 2017, Amended interest 29 October 2018, Amended interest 26 February 2019, Amended Interest 25 September 2019]

Prior to my election I conducted research and writing on a full time basis, as a sole trader. In this financial year (2016-17) I received remuneration of approximately £7,200 for (a) work carried out and completed prior to the date of the election and (b) work commissioned prior to 5 May 2016 but not yet completed. I do not intend to take on any more work of this nature while serving as an MSP. On 12 August 2016 I received £2,725.80 of royalty payments for published books. In total, I received remuneration of between £10,001 and £15,000 this financial year (2016-17). On 31 August 2017 I received £2,396.54 in royalty payments from Birlinn Ltd. (a publishing company of West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS). Until 1 February 2019 I received subscription payments to www.whoownsscotland.org.uk which amounted to approximately £500 a month, on an ongoing basis. From 1 February 2019 I no longer receive subscription payments. On 31 August 2018 I received a royalties payment from Birlinn Ltd. of £1904.05. On 30 August 2019 I received a royalties payment of £1971.85 from Birlinn Ltd. [Amended interest 23 August 2016, Amended interest 30 June 2017, Amended interest 28 September 2017, Amended interest 29 October 2018, Amended interest 26 February 2019, Amended Interest 25 September 2019]

On 16 May 2017 I received £500 remuneration from NEoN (North East of North) Ltd. (a digital arts charity of Chamber Building, 1-3 Panmure Street, Dundee DD1 1EP) for participation in Cateran's CommonWealth Festival. [Registered 02 June 2017]

On 18 November 2016 I received remuneration of £150 from Moray Council (of High Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1BX) for an appearance at the Spirit of Moray Book Festival. [Registered 12 December 2016]

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 Director of the Caledonia Centre for Social Development.

I am currently defending an action for defamation in the Court of Session and have crowdfunded legal costs. From 14 June 2017 to 30 June 2017 I have received a total of £49,982.98. As of 13 May 2018, the sum received by way of aggregate gifts to support the defence of my defamation action was £59,153.71. As of 4 August 2019, the aggregate amount of gifts received was £168,182.56. [Registered 30 June 2017, Amended interest 29 October 2018, Amended 26 August 2019]

I am an Honorary Fellow of the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

I own 2,453 shares in Standard Life plc.

I am currently defending an action for defamation in the Court of Session and have crowdfunded legal costs. From 14 June 2017 to 30 June 2017 I have received a total of £49,982.98. As of 13 May 2018, the sum received by way of aggregate gifts to support the defence of my defamation action was £59,153.71. As of 4 August 2019, the aggregate amount of gifts received was £168,182.56. [Registered 30 June 2017, Amended interest 29 October 2018, Amended 26 August 2019]

I own 10 X £50 shares in Apple Juice (Applecross) Ltd, a Community Benefit Society. On 24 August 2018 I received a £40 dividend. [Amended interest 29 October 2018]

I own 500 x £1 shares in Lochbroom Community Renewables Ltd, a Community Benefit Society. [Registered 03 July 2017]

On 11 October 2018, I attended COSLA's annual conference. COSLA met the cost of my overnight accommodation to a value of approximately £100 [Registered 29 October 2018]

I own 2,453 shares in Standard Life plc.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Andy Wightman 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.

Third Sector (Covid-19)

Andy Wightman made 10 Contributions to this discussion

Local Government and Communities Committee - 26 June 2020

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green): "Josiah Lockhart mentioned the latest TSI “Coronavirus Survey Report”, which was published yesterday. I note that there were 1,171 respondents to the survey…

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Covid-19 Lockdown (Short-term Lets with Communal Stairways)

Andy Wightman made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 24 June 2020

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green): "The First Minister gave an indicative date of 3 July for opening self-contained self-catering accommodation without shared facilities. She also mentioned the risk of imported cases…

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Local Government Finance (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [Draft]

Andy Wightman made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green): "I start with a rather boring and pedantic technical question. The motion before us asks “That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) (Coronavirus) Amendment Order 2020 draft be approved…

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Economic Recovery

Andy Wightman made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green): "Like others, I welcome the report. We have been looking forward to it. I cannot say that I have read every page—it is a long report—but I look forward to getting to grips with it in more detail…

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Prohibition on Quantitative Restrictions and Equivalent Measures (Cessation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

Andy Wightman made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee - 23 June 2020

Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green): "I have no problem with the substance of the proposal in relation to the repeal of European Union measures, given that, from the end of December, we will no longer be subject to EU law…

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Written questions

Written questions Andy Wightman 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-29743 - Answered

09 June 2020

Wightman, Andy: "To ask the Scottish Government what action it took to implement the recommendations of Exercise Cygnus on the UK's pandemic response, including the (a) preparation of a methodology for assessing social care capacity and surge capacity, (b) management of excess deaths in the community, (c) mapping of capacity of third sector organisations…

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S5W-29749 - Answered

09 June 2020

Wightman, Andy: "To ask the Scottish Government when it last tested its local response arrangements as identified by the report on Exercise Cygnus (page 7, Key Learning 1) on the UK's pandemic response."

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S5W-29748 - Answered

08 June 2020

Wightman, Andy: "To ask the Scottish Government when each Regional Resilience Partnership last ran a pandemic planning exercise, and whether it will publish the results of these."

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S5W-29744 - Answered

08 June 2020

Wightman, Andy: "To ask the Scottish Government how many applications for eviction proceedings have (a) been made to and (b) not yet been decided by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) since 25 March 2020."

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S5W-29745 - Answered

08 June 2020

Wightman, Andy: "To ask the Scottish Government how many applications for eviction proceedings have not yet been decided by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber)."

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