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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Claire Baker

Scottish Labour

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Claire Baker

Contact details

Contact online

Website: clairebaker.org

Twitter: @ClaireBakerMSP

Facebook: Claire's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6769
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

Ore Valley Business Centre
93 Main St
Lochgelly
Fife
KY5 9AF

Phone: 01592 786 726
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Claire is a member of 6 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Families Affected by Imprisonment

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Men's Violence Against Women and Children

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poland

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Claire has 1 parliamentary and government role

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Party Roles

Claire has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Claire has had 24 previous roles

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

11 January 2018 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Deputy Convener

09 January 2018 - 11 January 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

28 November 2017 - 09 January 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Labour

19 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Democracy

Scottish Labour

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

16 December 2014 - 19 August 2015

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

16 December 2014 - 19 August 2015

Party Spokesperson on Europe and External Relations

Scottish Labour

19 September 2012 - 08 January 2015

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Substitute Member

19 December 2011 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Labour

19 December 2011 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Labour

23 June 2011 - 19 September 2012

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

14 June 2011 - 21 December 2011

Education and Culture Committee

Deputy Convener

20 May 2011 - 19 December 2011

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Labour

01 June 2011 - 14 June 2011

Education and Culture Committee

Member

02 October 2008 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

01 April 2008 - 22 March 2011

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Higher Education

Scottish Labour

15 September 2010 - 22 March 2011

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

02 October 2008 - 15 September 2010

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

01 May 2008 - 01 October 2008

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Public Petitions Committee

Member

20 September 2007 - 01 May 2008

Audit Committee

Member

27 June 2007 - 01 May 2008

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Claire'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 Claire Baker. The date of their initial statement was 19 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

In December 2010 I received a donation of £500 from ASDA Glenrothes Store (of Fullerton Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QB) towards the costs of producing and printing my Christmas cards. This interest, registered on a voluntary basis in the previous session of the Parliament, is now included in the gifts category as a result of the change in the threshold value for registration of gifts.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own, jointly with my husband, a flat in Aberdeen with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of the RSPB.

I am a member of the Co-Operative Party.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Claire Baker 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: 14 January 2021

Littering and Fly-tipping

6. Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce levels of littering and fly-tipping. (S5O-04918)"

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee meeting date: 14 January 2021

Tourism Sector (Impact of Covid-19)

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "I will direct some questions to Marc Crothall. Given what you have just said about the immediate pressures that the sector faces, I do not think that we could overstate how much the tier 4 decision has impacted on the sector…

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee meeting date: 14 January 2021

Scottish Government Reports

Claire Baker: "The reports are helpful. I have a couple of follow-up points about the report on the one-plus-two languages policy, which is an issue that the Education and Skills Committee takes an interest in, too…

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2021

Covid-19 Education Update

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "I want to follow on from Ross Greer’s question and ask about the definition of vulnerability. In the first lockdown, a hub model was operated with restricted attendance…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "Although the agreement that has been reached between the UK Government and the EU inevitably comes with a sense of relief that the absolute chaos of a no-deal Brexit has been averted, the impact of leaving the European Union will be felt in communities across Scotland in the months and years to come. We have been unnecessarily taken to the cliff…

Votes

How Claire Baker has voted in Parliament

Find out how Claire Baker has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23606

Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Friday, December 4, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Result 118 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23884

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - UK Legislation

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 18, 2021

Supported by: Ash Denham
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.2

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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

Result 30 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23815

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Supported by: Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 30 against, 1 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.3

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Supported by: Anas Sarwar
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 94 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Claire Baker 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. S5O-04851

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report, The Picture of Anti-Social Behaviour in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33355

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is responding to the findings of the Independent Review of Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in Relation to Policing."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33356

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-31498 by Humza Yousaf on 14 September 2020, whether it will provide a further update on the progress of the Sheku Bayoh inquiry."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33354

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-32371 by Jenny Gilruth on 3 November 2020, who was invited to participate in the roundtable with academics from partner countries and the UK on approaches to international development; whether it will publish a list of those individuals who attended, and how the invite list was…

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33357

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-32368 by Jenny Gilruth on 3 November 2020, whether it will accept written submissions to its review of its approach to international development, and what opportunity there is for engagement in the process beyond the events listed on its website."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33290

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when its estimates on the impact of COVID-19 on fuel poverty rates will be reviewed and updated."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 25 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33116

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what COVID-19 guidance it has published regarding the delivery of in-person private music tuition for woodwind and brass instruments outside school hours, and what plans it has to update this."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 24 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33048

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 5 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when further phases of the Business Contingency Fund will be announced."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 19 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33055

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 5 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been made of the manageable level of teacher absence to ensure that schools remain open at all protection levels, and what steps have been taken beyond the general public advice that has been published to minimise COVID-19 infection rates among teachers and other school staff."

Answered by: John Swinney on 19 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33047

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 5 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a fixed allowance for the Business Contingency Fund."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 19 November 2020

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