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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Iain Gray

Scottish Labour

MSP for East Lothian (Constituency) 2007 - present day

Former MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands (Constituency) 1999 - 2003

About Iain Gray

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @iaingraymsp

Facebook: Iain's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01620 822711
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

5a Mitchell's Close
Haddington
EH41 3NB

Phone: 01620 822711
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Iain is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Iain is a member of 5 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Children and Young People

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Colleges and Universities

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Muscular Dystrophy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Iain does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Iain has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Iain has had 25 previous roles

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

10 January 2018 - 01 November 2018

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

19 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Opportunity

Scottish Labour

16 December 2014 - 19 August 2015

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Labour

16 December 2014 - 19 August 2015

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Labour

03 September 2013 - 08 January 2015

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2013 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

28 June 2013 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Employment

Scottish Labour

28 June 2013 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Sustainable Growth

Scottish Labour

18 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Public Audit Committee

Convener

18 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Scottish Commission for Public Audit

Member

18 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Conveners Group

Member

19 September 2012 - 03 September 2013

Welfare Reform Committee

Member

22 December 2011 - 18 January 2012

Public Audit Committee

Member

20 May 2011 - 17 December 2011

Party Leader

Scottish Labour

13 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Party Leader

Scottish Labour

17 September 2007 - 16 September 2008

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

13 June 2007 - 20 September 2007

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

18 May 2007 - 17 September 2007

Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish Labour

18 May 2007 - 17 September 2007

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Labour

09 May 2002 - 01 May 2003

Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

Scottish Government

28 November 2001 - 09 May 2002

Minister for Social Justice

Scottish Government

02 November 2000 - 28 November 2001

Deputy Minister for Justice

Scottish Government

19 May 1999 - 02 November 2000

Deputy Minister for Community Care

Scottish Government

Register of interests

Iain'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 Iain Gray. The date of their initial statement was 18 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

In January 2016 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse (of Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7RG) two annual memberships of Musselburgh Racecourse for 2016 with a value of approximately £420. On 23 December 2016 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the racecourse for 2017 with a value of approximately £440. In January 2018 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the race course, value approximately £460. In January 2019 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the race course, value approximately £420. In January 2020 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the race course, valued at £420 including VAT, individually the badges are priced at £210. [Amended interest 23 December 2016, Amended interest 16 January 2018, Amended interest 23 January 2019, Amended interest 6 February 2020].

Overseas visits

From 11 to 14 November 2018 I visited Bosnia as part of a delegation organised by Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. Costs, which were £627, were met by Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland) (a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) No SCO46540 of Turcan Connell Solicitors Princes Exchange Earl Grey Street Edinburgh EH3 9EE). [Registered 22 November 2018]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 23 September 2013 I became a Director and Chair of the Hibernian Community Foundation, a charitable organisation. This post is voluntary and without remuneration.

I am the Chair of the J.P Mackintosh memorial lecture East Lothian Committee. I receive no remuneration for this role.

I am a member of Unite The Union.

Biography

Overview

After studying physics at Edinburgh University, I taught physics and maths in Lothian and Mozambique. I then worked for Oxfam for 12 years.

From 1999 to 2003 I was the MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands and served as a Minister. I spent 3 years as a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Scotland, before returning to Holyrood as East Lothian’s MSP in 2007.

What motivated you to become an MSP?

My interest in politics started at a young age and I joined the Labour Party to campaign for a more equal society. After years as an active party member and campaigning for social justice through my work at Oxfam, I decided to seek election when the Scottish Parliament was established. I was honoured to be elected in Edinburgh Pentlands and to serve that constituency for 4 years.

After moving to Haddington I was chosen to stand in East Lothian and I‘ve represented that constituency since 2007, being re-elected in 2011 and 2016.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Iain Gray 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.

Education Recovery

Iain Gray made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "I thank Mr Swinney for early sight of his statement. I once accused him of making the mother of ministerial climbdowns—well, he has outdone himself today, because this is the mother and father of ministerial climbdowns…

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School Education and Early Learning: Covid-19

Iain Gray made 5 Contributions to this discussion

Education and Skills Committee - 19 June 2020

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "I am sorry, but I want to return to the contingency plan. Carrie Lindsay said that language is important, and it absolutely is. All this week in Parliament, we have been told that blended learning is a contingency plan for going back in August…

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Covid-19: Next Steps

Iain Gray made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 18 June 2020

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "Phase 2 allows university lab research to resume but, right now, universities are also setting budgets for teaching and learning in the next academic year, in which they face a shortfall of at least £0.5 billion…

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Music Festivals (Support)

Iain Gray made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 18 June 2020

8. Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what support it is offering to the live music festival sector to support the return of such events in 2021. (S5O-04427)"

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Home Education (Covid-19 Support)

Iain Gray made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 18 June 2020

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "In Dumfries and Galloway and across Scotland, plans have been put in place for blended learning…

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Written questions

Written questions Iain Gray 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-30058 - Answered

18 June 2020

Gray, Iain: "To ask the Scottish Government whether restrictions have been placed on the Individual Training Account scheme for 2020-21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and, if so, in what sectors. "

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S5W-30081 - Answered

18 June 2020

Gray, Iain: "To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) primary and (b) secondary full-time equivalent school counsellors will be available to pupils when schools return on 11 August."

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S5W-30083 - Answered

18 June 2020

Gray, Iain: "To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will put in place to ensure that all pupils have access to a school counsellor, even when studying at home."

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S5W-30080 - Answered

18 June 2020

Gray, Iain: "To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to address an increased need for mental health provision for pupils, as a result of COVID-19 and school closures, when schools return on 11 August."

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S5W-30082 - Answered

18 June 2020

Gray, Iain: "To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 350 additional school counsellors, anticipated to be in place by September 2020, will be in place on (a) 11 August and (b) 1 September."

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