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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 18 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 Crofting

Member

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

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 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]

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 3 April 2019]

I am a member of GMB Union.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 09 May 2018]

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 the League Against Cruel Sports.

I am a member of Parkinson’s UK.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

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.

Chamber meeting date: 14 January 2021

Managing Scotland’s Fisheries

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I, too, thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. The fact that the Brexit trade deal is neither what Scotland’s fishing sector needed nor what it was promised will not surprise anyone…

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Rail Services

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I will do my best to pivot back to that issue. For the time being, I turn to the future of the franchise system. Before the start of the pandemic, it was clear that the current franchising system was very much finished…

Chamber meeting date: 16 December 2020

Rural Economy and Tourism (Financial Support)

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "On the subject of advocating on behalf of sectors, the point about the timescale is really important…

Chamber meeting date: 16 December 2020

Jury Trials (Dumfries and Stranraer)

1. Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the decision to hold jury trials for Dumfries and Stranraer sheriff courts in Ayr. (S5O-04849)"

Chamber meeting date: 16 December 2020

Jury Trials (Dumfries and Stranraer)

1. Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the decision to hold jury trials for Dumfries and Stranraer sheriff courts in Ayr. (S5O-04849)"

Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth has voted recently.

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

Motion ref. S5M-23768

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 21, 2020

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5 SP Bill 77 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

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.

Question ref. S5W-34165

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, how much money it expects will be required to support the coach and bus sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and, further to its announcement on 9 December 2020 of a support fund for operators, whether it will confirm how much has been allocated to this fund; how many operators it estimates will require access to…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-32840

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25863 by Paul Wheelhouse on 30 October 2019, what the annual cost is of Marine Manning Guernsey Limited providing crew on the (a) Helliar and (b) Hildasay freight vessel."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 17 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34126

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on by what date it expects 100% of premises to have access to superfast broadband."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34078

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what contingency plans have been put in place to carry out checks on vehicles transporting goods between Northern Ireland and Scotland via Cairnryan Ferry port, including (a) the preferred location of any lorry parks for such checks, (b) whether additional work will be required to make the location of the lorry park…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33721

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether people providing assistance to someone with sight loss or a disabled person in order for them to be able to (a) exercise outside, such as with walking or tandem cycling, and (b) participate in organised sport are exempt from the COVID-19 rules on social distancing."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04849

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the decision to hold jury trials for Dumfries and Stranraer sheriff courts in Ayr."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33210

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the recent COVID-19 outbreak that was linked with the MV Isle of Lewis, including how this has impacted on the (a) seafarers affected, (b) the onboard crew when the positive tests were returned, (c) the relief crew and (d) passengers."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 9 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33727

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish a delivery plan setting out detailed proposals for the implementation of the relevant recommendations of the Cumberlege report, and what its anticipated timescales are for the implementation of these recommendations."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-32989

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a timeline for forming a National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 3 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33209

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the levels of access to public transport at the end of their shifts for seafarers with (a) CalMac Ferries, (b) Serco NorthLink and (c) private ferry operators since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 3 December 2020

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