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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 1 party role

Party Business Convener

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

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

09 January 2018 - 05 September 2019

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute 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

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

30 June 2005 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development 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

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 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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 20 February 2018]

I am Convener of the RMT Scottish Parliamentary Group.

I am a member of Scottish Friends of Palestine.

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

I am a member of Unite.

I am a member of the General Teaching Council.

I am a director of McQuick Ltd (Bagpipe Covers). 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]

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

I am a member of CND.

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

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

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.

Breastfeeding etc (Scotland) Act 2005

Elaine Smith made 3 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 17 March 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I have a registered interest, having received funding from Unison and Boots the Chemist and assistance from the Govan Law Centre…

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Covid-19 (Update)

Elaine Smith made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 17 March 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I have been asked by a number of student nurses to clarify some issues, so my question is for the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport…

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The Big Lunch

Elaine Smith made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 05 March 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Could the SPCB publish guidance on, and could more attention be paid to, fighting the spread of infection, for example by putting paper towels back into toilets, replenishing soaps quickly, supplying wipes for keyboards and situating hand gels at the public entrance and the entrance to the MSP block? I also ask the SPCB to look again at the…

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MSP Staff (Equality Monitoring)

Elaine Smith made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 05 March 2020

4. Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what equality monitoring of staff employed by members of the Scottish Parliament it undertakes, and what steps it is taking to address any underrepresentation from any section of society. (S5O-04195)"

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Point of Order

Elaine Smith made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 04 March 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I raise a point of order under standing orders rule 7.3.1, which says: “Members shall ... conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner”…

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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.

S5W-27999 - Answered

18 March 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of an increased number of referrals by GPs and hospitals for patients with conjunctivitis and red eye, which can reportedly signs of COVID-19, what the relevant guidelines are for (a) optometrists and (b) other non-NHS frontline healthcare staff."

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S5W-28014 - Answered

18 March 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Optometry Scotland regarding guidelines for managing COVID-19 and staff safety."

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S5W-28001 - Answered

18 March 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of an increased number of referrals by GPs and hospitals, whether personal protective equipment will be made available to (a) optometrists, (b) dentists and (c) other non-NHS frontline healthcare staff who are having difficulty sourcing masks and sanitisers."

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S5W-27998 - Answered

18 March 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that hospitals and GPs are referring an increased number of patients to optometrists for treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak, placing an increased financial burden on these private businesses."

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S5W-28000 - Answered

18 March 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government what additional protections and support will be given to (a) optometrists, (b) dentists and (c) other non-NHS frontline healthcare staff who do not have the same protections as NHS staff working in hospitals and surgeries."

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