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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

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Graham does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Graham has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Graham has had 6 previous roles

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

20 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 20 August 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Convener

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Conveners Group

Member

29 June 2017 - 05 September 2017

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

Register of interests

Graham'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 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]

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.

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 2 March 2021

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I welcome Neil Bibby and, indeed, the minister back to the committee. Members are well aware that we had something of a marathon session last week. Our approach was to lodge a lot of amendments…

Chamber meeting date: 25 February 2021

Travel Restrictions

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Can the First Minister tell me when I will be able to visit my mother in Cumbria and when she will be allowed to visit me?"

Chamber meeting date: 25 February 2021

Travel Restrictions

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Can the First Minister tell me when I will be able to visit my mother in Cumbria and when she will be allowed to visit me?"

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee meeting date: 25 February 2021

“NHS in Scotland 2020”

Graham Simpson: "I note that a survey of patients that the Scottish Government conducted—you refer to it in paragraph 27 of the report—showed that the number of people who said they would avoid going to their GP or a hospital decreased from 45 per cent in April 2020 to 27 per cent in October 2020. Do we have figures for the number of people who have actually gone…

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee meeting date: 25 February 2021

Major Capital Projects

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I was as perplexed as Alex Neil was when I read the reports. I read a report in The Scotsman that said that the A96 project could be “delayed indefinitely”. Are you saying that the A96 will be completed at some stage?"

Votes

How Graham Simpson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Graham Simpson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24038

Scottish Parliamentary Standards (Sexual Harassment and Complaints Process) Bill

Submitted by: Bill Kidd, Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Result 119 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24057

Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gordon Lindhurst, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Supported by: Andy Wightman
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Result 62 for, 0 against, 56 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24275

Campaign Recess

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 95 for, 1 against, 21 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24263

Scotland’s Recovery

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, March 1, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 84 for, 34 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24263.2

Scotland’s Recovery

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 84 for, 33 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

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.

Question ref. S5W-35677

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the current system for assessing the value of road bonds for new residential housing developments."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35675

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will next review the provision of building control verification services."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35678

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure that there is uniformity in how local authorities assess the value of road bonds."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35680

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the performance of all local authorities that are delivering a building control verification service."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35679

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many professionally-qualified engineers have been employed by each local authority roads department in each year since 2016."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35676

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many professionally-qualified building control officers have been employed by each local authority in each year since 2016."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35474

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how (a) much funding has been provided through, (b) many applications have been made to and (c) many applicants have been granted funding from the Spaces for People scheme."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35471

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £700,000 investment fund from Transport Scotland, which gives people the opportunity to use ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), was distributed to housing associations."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35472

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much ScotRail has paid out from its Delay Repay scheme in 2020-21."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35473

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how (a) much funding has been provided through, (b) many applications have been made to and (c) many applicants have been granted funding since 2017 from the Low Carbon Transport Loan scheme."

Awaiting answer

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