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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Elaine Smith

Scottish Labour

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston (Constituency) 1999 - 2016

About Elaine Smith

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5824
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

Unit 32
Coatbridge Business Centre
204 Main Street
Coatbridge
ML5 3RB

Phone: 01236 423555
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Elaine is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Elaine is a member of 8 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Chronic Pain

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dyslexia

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Elaine has 1 parliamentary and government role

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

Party Roles

Elaine has 2 party roles

Party Business Convener

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Elaine has had 18 previous roles

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

09 January 2018 - 05 September 2019

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

09 January 2018 - 05 September 2019

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

19 December 2017 - 02 September 2019

Party Spokesperson for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality

Scottish Labour

16 June 2016 - 20 September 2018

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

15 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

08 June 2016 - 08 September 2016

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

11 May 2011 - 12 May 2016

Deputy Presiding Officer

Scottish Parliament

26 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

20 September 2007 - 24 May 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Substitute Member

19 June 2007 - 20 March 2009

Equal Opportunities Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 26 June 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

13 June 2007 - 19 June 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

30 June 2005 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 23 August 2004

Communities Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 31 March 2003

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

29 March 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

Register of interests

Elaine'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 Elaine Smith. The date of their initial statement was 25 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

I received sponsorship of between £1,001 and £2,000 from UNISON to fund the services of a research assistant to provide eight days research from 3 to 31 March 2004 on the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Between 7 June 2002 and 18 November 2004 I received sponsorship by way of assistance from Govan Law Centre to assist me in developing the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill. The value of this sponsorship was between £5,001 and £10,000.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

My husband and I own £2 of shares in McQuick Ltd, a manufacturing company. This constitutes 66.6% of the issued share capital.

Voluntary

I am a member of CND.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 20 February 2018]

I am Convener of the RMT Scottish Parliamentary Group.

I am a director of McQuick Ltd (Bagpipe Covers). I receive no remuneration for this position.

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

I am a member of Scottish Friends of Palestine.

I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC).

I am a member of the General Teaching Council.

I am a member of Unite.

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

I am an Ambassador for St Andrews Hospice Airdrie. I receive no remuneration for this position.

From 22 February 2019 I am a Patron on Missio Scotland. I receive no remuneration for this position. [Registered 22 February 2019]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Elaine Smith 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: 19 January 2021

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I welcome the Equalities and Human Rights Committee’s support for the incorporation of UNCRC into Scots law, which is long overdue, and its work on the stage 1 report…

Chamber meeting date: 17 December 2020

Retail Staff (Covid Vaccinations)

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I have been made aware by a constituent that a major retail company is refusing to give eligible front-line staff time off for their Covid vaccine appointments…

Chamber meeting date: 16 December 2020

Scottish Parliamentary Standards (Sexual Harassment and Complaints Process) Bill: Stage 1

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "The debate has been a positive one with thoughtful contributions, starting with that of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee convener, Bill Kidd, through to that of Rona Mackay…

Chamber meeting date: 10 December 2020

Pfizer Vaccine (Public Information) (Autoimmune Disorders and Allergies)

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "As the First Minister mentioned earlier today, the roll-out of the vaccine this week is great news…

Chamber meeting date: 9 December 2020

Education

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I declare my membership of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. I start by thanking our teachers and everyone who works in our schools for supporting our young people in formal education during these difficult times…

Votes

How Elaine Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Elaine Smith has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23903

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 100 for, 1 against, 21 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23910

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 118 for, 1 against, 2 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

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 voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23894.1

Protecting Scotland’s Health and Care Workforce

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Supported by: Maurice Golden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 56 for, 62 against, 5 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23894.3

Protecting Scotland’s Health and Care Workforce

Submitted by: Jeane Freeman, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon, Clare Haughey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 64 for, 58 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Elaine Smith 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-34545

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) CBI Scotland, (b) the Institute of Directors Scotland, (c) Scottish Chambers of Commerce, (d) the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland and (e) other business organisations to raise awareness of the importance of facilitating paid time off for frontline workers to enable them…

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 22 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34544

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to raise awareness of the statement made by the First Minister to any company failing to facilitate time off in relation to the vaccination process that “any company that does not behave in that responsible way that they should rectify that and put concern for their workers and fair work…

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 21 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34543

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it is able to offer to any worker that has been denied time off work to attend an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or to escort vulnerable relatives to attend their vaccination appointments."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 21 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34542

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to ensure businesses allow staff paid time off to attend appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and to escort vulnerable relatives to their vaccination appointments."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 21 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34541

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) CBI Scotland, (b) the Institute of Directors Scotland, (c) Scottish Chambers of Commerce, (d) the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland and (e) other business organisations to raise awareness of the importance of facilitating time off for workers to volunteer in the COVID-19…

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 21 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34691

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what protocols are in place to ensure that older people will be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they miss appointments for any reasons, including the late delivery of mail."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34692

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether all hospital inpatients are routinely tested for COVID-19."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34693

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether there are age restrictions on hospital inpatients being tested for COVID-19."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34694

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether older people who are hospital inpatients will be vaccinated against COVD-19 while in hospital to avoid missing a local appointment that might have been scheduled to take place during the time of their hospital stay."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34442

Asked by: Smith, Elaine, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will recompense chronic pain patients who are reportedly having to pay for private pain relief in England because some clinics have doubled their waiting times for lidocaine infusions to 12 weeks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and, if so, by what date it will do so."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 18 January 2021

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