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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Graham Simpson

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Graham Simpson

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @grahamsmsp

Facebook: Graham's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6983
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Graham is a member of 7 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Architecture and the Built Environment

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cycling, Walking and Buses

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Towns and Town Centres

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Graham does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Graham has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Graham has had 7 previous roles

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

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Convener

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Conveners Group

Member

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Planning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 05 September 2017

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Register of interests

Graham'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 Graham Simpson. The date of their initial statement was 31 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I previously worked as a newspaper sub-editor for News UK (of 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF). I have not done any work for News UK since I was elected. My employment ended on 31 May 2016 and I received my last salary payment of between £3,001-£5,000 on 6 May 2016.

Until 4 May 2017, when I stood down, I was a Councillor for South Lanarkshire Council (of Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA). I received a salary for this role which, combined with the value of the use of a mobile phone and tablet, was between £15,0001 and £20,000 per annum. I spent 25 hours per week undertaking this role. [Amended interest 15 May 2017]

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 an adviser to the board of Clyde Cycle Park SCIO. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Amended interest 15 May 2017]

Biography

Overview

I was born in Aberdeen and a few moves later started school in Edinburgh. I had a Scottish accent then but lost it by the time I started high school in Carlisle.

I was a reporter on local newspapers before joining The Scottish Sun as sub-editor.

I was also an East Kilbride councillor for 10 years.

What motivated you to become an MSP?

I first got involved in politics at age 15, at the tail end of the Callaghan government. I had no political involvement while forging my career, until I started to get annoyed again during the Blair years, and re-joined the Conservative Party.

I cut my teeth as a councillor, and was elected twice. This gave me the necessary experience to become an MSP.

I love the variety of the job and getting stuck into issues. Dealing with legislation has been eye-opening. I led for my party on the Planning (Scotland) Bill, winning some key changes to the original bill.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Graham Simpson 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.

Third Sector (Covid-19)

Graham Simpson made 20 Contributions to this discussion

Local Government and Communities Committee - 26 June 2020

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Good morning to both of you. Can you quickly explain what each of your organisations does? We have not actually heard about that yet…

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“High Rise Inventory 2020—Summary Report”

Graham Simpson made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 25 June 2020

Graham Simpson: "I am sure that the minister will be aware of the session that we had last week at the Local Government and Communities Committee, which looked at this issue. There were some calls for the inventory to be made public. Will the minister comment on that…

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Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Graham Simpson made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 24 June 2020

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "This is a largely technical bill, and I imagine that what we will hear today is a series of similar speeches…

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Local Government Finance (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [Draft]

Graham Simpson made 4 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "This is one of those debates that is not really a debate and in which there is not a great deal to be said."

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Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

Graham Simpson made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "We might be in the midst of a public health crisis, but it is good that we are still able to deal with other matters…

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Written questions

Written questions Graham Simpson 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-30168 - Unanswered

23 June 2020

Simpson, Graham: "To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-28463 by Aileen Campbell on 15 May 2020, whether it will provide an update regarding how many people are signed up to the Ready Scotland volunteer scheme, and how many are in a volunteering role."

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S5O-04446 - Unanswered

17 June 2020

Simpson, Graham: "To ask the Scottish Government what actions it is taking in response to the High Rise Inventory 2020."

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S5O-04360 - Unanswered

20 May 2020

Simpson, Graham: "To ask the Scottish Government what new targets it has set for its affordable homes programme."

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S5W-28468 - Answered

16 April 2020

Simpson, Graham: "To ask the Scottish Government how many volunteers have been assigned to directly assist the NHS through the Ready Scotland volunteer scheme."

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S5W-28463 - Answered

16 April 2020

Simpson, Graham: "To ask the Scottish Government how many people are signed up to the Ready Scotland volunteer scheme, and how many are currently in a volunteering role."

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