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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

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

29 March 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 31 March 2003

Equal Opportunities 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

I am a member of Unite.

I am a member of the General Teaching Council.

I am a member of the Dunbeth Bowling Club.

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 20 February 2018]

I am Convener of the RMT Scottish Parliamentary Group.

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

I am a member of CND.

I am a member of Scottish Friends of Palestine.

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

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.

Supply and Demand for Medicines

Elaine Smith made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 24 November 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the Health and Sport Committee for its report, and I thank the committee clerks and others for their work and contributions…

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Cuban Government (Discussions)

Elaine Smith made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 19 November 2020

1. Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the Cuban Government. (S5O-04769)"

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Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach)

Elaine Smith made 5 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 19 November 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Given that the travel ban that criminalises people comes into force tomorrow night at 6 o’clock, could Donald Cameron tell us what other opportunity the Parliament will have to vote against it?"

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Christmas (Four-nations Arrangements)

Elaine Smith made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 12 November 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Earlier, the First Minister mentioned Christmas, which is not only an important Christian feast but a national holiday celebration for people of all religions and none…

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Burntisland Fabrications

Elaine Smith made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 12 November 2020

Elaine Smith (Central Scotland) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The First Minister said earlier that the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, will provide information on care home visitor testing soon…

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Votes

How Elaine Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Elaine Smith has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-22860.1

Recognising the Importance of Family Caregivers

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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

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

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-22860.2

Recognising the Importance of Family Caregivers

Submitted by: Jeane Freeman, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Clare Haughey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22860

Recognising the Importance of Family Caregivers

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, September 28, 2020

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

Result 90 for, 27 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22845

The Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 28, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Result 109 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22803

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Result 108 for, 6 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Motions made by Elaine Smith in Parliament

Find out what motions Elaine Smith has submitted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23344

Industrial Dispute on CalMac Ferries

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23332

Keep Churches and Places of Worship Open

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-21790

Thyroid Awareness Day on 25 May

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22616

Farewell to Coatbridge Clergy

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22358

World Breastfeeding Week 2020

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

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-33402 - Unanswered

20 November 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-04769 by Jenny Gilruth on 19 November 2020 (Official Report, c…

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S5W-33001 - Answered

05 November 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what discussions it had with the City of Edinburgh Council regarding its plans to end its crèche services' contract early in the current parliamentary session."

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S5W-33197 - Unanswered

12 November 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) Transport Scotland officials have had with CalMac Ferries Ltd regarding pay negotiations with recognised trade unions for 2021-22."

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S5W-33198 - Unanswered

12 November 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with CalMac Ferries Ltd regarding the RMT’s consultation of its members on industrial action in response to the breakdown of annual pay negotiations earlier in November 2020."

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S5W-33196 - Unanswered

12 November 2020

Smith, Elaine: "To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of (a) passengers and (b) ferry staff who travelled from local authorities outside Argyll and Bute to use CalMac ferry services since 29 October 2020 (i) from Oban and (ii) between Oban and Castlebay, and how many in each category travelled from local authority areas that…

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