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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 has had 4 previous roles

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

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

08 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Labour

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Chief Whip

Scottish Labour

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

I am a member of the League Against Cruel Sports.

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 3 April 2019]

I am a member of GMB Union.

I am a member of Parkinson’s UK.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

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

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.

Farmers and Crofters (Financial Stability)

Colin Smyth made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 24 June 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the cabinet secretary for the advance sight of his statement and for the update on CAP payments…

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Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Food and Drink (Impact of Covid-19)

Colin Smyth made 3 Contributions to this discussion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee - 24 June 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "My questions are primarily follow-ups to those of John Finnie, and they are directed at Nick Halfhide and David Oxley…

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Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Colin Smyth made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 17 June 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I declare an interest as a proud member of the League Against Cruel Sports, the deputy convener of the cross-party group on animal welfare and the Scottish Environment LINK MSP species champion for badgers…

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Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill

Colin Smyth made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 17 June 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Scotland has some of the lowest penalties in Europe for animal welfare and wildlife crimes. The bill is an important step towards addressing that. It will give courts the powers to make sure that the penalty fits the crime…

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Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Colin Smyth made 13 Contributions to this discussion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee - 17 June 2020

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Amendment 36, like the other amendments in the group, seeks to introduce a set of guiding principles for the secondary legislation to be introduced through the bill’s enabling powers…

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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-29703 - Answered

08 June 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-29296 by Christina McKelvie on 2 June 2020, whether it will provide specific guidance to carers, including unpaid carers, regarding the guiding of blind and partially-sighted people during the COVID-19 outbreak."

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S5W-29602 - Answered

03 June 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) offences have been recorded, (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued and (c) businesses have been prosecuted under section 4(1) of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020."

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S5W-29769 - Answered

08 June 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government , further to the answer to question S5W–29296 by Christina McKelvie on 2 June 2020, at what stage in the COVID-19 lockdown process people with sight loss, who are not defined as being at risk from the virus, will be allowed to be guided by someone outside their household in navigating public spaces."

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S5W-29704 - Answered

08 June 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W–29296 by Christina McKelvie on 2 June 2020, how it defines people who are at risk from COVID-19, and whether this group includes all blind and partially-sighted people who require being guided to navigate public spaces."

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S5W-29563 - Answered

02 June 2020

Smyth, Colin: "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Abellio ScotRail regarding its plans to reduce the number of Travel Shop windows from six to two at the redeveloped Glasgow Queen Street station."

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