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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Margaret Mitchell

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2003 - present day

About Margaret Mitchell

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5639
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

Suite 4B
91 Bothwell Road
Hamilton
ML3 0DW

Phone: 01698 282815
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Margaret is a member of 3 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dyslexia

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Margaret has 1 parliamentary and government role

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Party Roles

Margaret has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Community Safety

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Margaret has had 23 previous roles

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

14 June 2016 - 20 August 2020

Justice Committee

Convener

14 June 2016 - 20 August 2020

Conveners Group

Member

06 February 2019 - 20 February 2019

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

06 October 2016 - 27 October 2016

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 14 June 2016

Justice Committee

Member

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

13 March 2013 - 23 March 2016

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

10 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Justice Committee

Member

16 November 2011 - 11 September 2013

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Member

10 November 2011 - 06 September 2013

Party Spokesperson on Planning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

10 November 2011 - 06 September 2013

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

23 June 2011 - 07 March 2013

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 16 November 2011

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

19 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Conveners Group

Member

19 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Equal Opportunities Committee

Convener

27 June 2007 - 16 June 2010

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 19 June 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Justice 1 Committee

Member

10 October 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

03 September 2003 - 02 April 2007

Justice 2 Committee

Substitute Member

22 May 2003 - 10 October 2005

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice and Home Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Register of interests

Margaret'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 Margaret Mitchell. The date of their initial statement was 31 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 11 to 14 November 2014 I participated in a fact-finding and educational seminar on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem Jerusalem. The total costs of the trip, including travel and accommodation, were £1,600 and a portion of these costs were met by Yad Vasham Resource Centre (£450) (a non-profit education and dialogue organisation of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem) with the majority of the costs being met by the Council of Christians and Jews. The trip included a visit to Ramallah to meet with an official from the Palestinian Authority. [Amended interest 22 February 2017]

From 8 October to 14 October 2013, I participated in a cross-party visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the invitation of the Director General, Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). The delegation attended National Day, met President Ma and held meetings with a number of government department ministers as well as representatives from trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the visit was £2,050 for return flights, £725 for hotel accommodation, £191 for meals and £142 for transport. All costs (which totalled £3,108) were met by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).

From 13 to 18 August 2005 I visited Taiwan to observe and study the economy, its public services and its relationship with its neighbours. The Republic of China Government met the costs of the visit, £1,965.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I own 1% of the issued share capital in Fairfield Properties Limited, a property investment company.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Margaret Mitchell 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.

Policing (Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues) (Independent Review)

Margaret Mitchell made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 25 November 2020

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "In 2017, the Justice Committee decided to carry out post-legislative scrutiny of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, which had established a single police force in Scotland…

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Legal Advice (Publication)

Margaret Mitchell made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 25 November 2020

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "Three weeks have elapsed since the Scottish Parliament agreed to a motion calling on the Scottish Government to publish all the legal advice that it received regarding the judicial review taken by the former First Minister Alex Salmond…

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Policing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Margaret Mitchell made 6 Contributions to this discussion

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing - 23 November 2020

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "My first questions are for Professor McVie. In your opening remarks, you referred to Police Scotland’s coronavirus intervention system as being “unique”…

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Judicial Review

Margaret Mitchell made 36 Contributions to this discussion

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints - 17 November 2020

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "Before we start on my substantive questions, I wonder whether you could clear up something that I raised when the permanent secretary and you appeared before the committee…

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Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Margaret Mitchell made 3 Contributions to this discussion

Health and Sport Committee - 10 November 2020

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "Thank you, convener, and my thanks to the committee for giving me the opportunity to speak to my amendments in this group…

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Votes

How Margaret Mitchell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Margaret Mitchell 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 for

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 against

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 against

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

Supported by: Christina McKelvie
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 Margaret Mitchell in Parliament

Find out what motions Margaret Mitchell has submitted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23136

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23129

NHS Lanarkshire’s Mental Health and Learning Disability Service

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23033

Dr Sarah Nelson OBE

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22905

Chryston High School Parliament

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22876

Lanarkshire Carers

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Written questions

Written questions Margaret Mitchell 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-32724 - Unanswered

22 October 2020

Mitchell, Margaret: "To ask the Scottish Government when the standards for a Barnahus response to children and young people who have been victims and witnesses of violence in Scotland will be put out for consultation."

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S5W-31580 - Answered

03 September 2020

Mitchell, Margaret: "To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to raise awareness of the Advice and Assistance (Proceedings for Recovery of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2017."

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S5O-04497 - Unanswered

12 August 2020

Mitchell, Margaret: "To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of the prison estate and whether it is fit for purpose."

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S5W-27981 - Answered

16 March 2020

Mitchell, Margaret: "To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that local authorities have suitable resources to identify secondary school pupils with dyslexia."

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S5W-27980 - Answered

16 March 2020

Mitchell, Margaret: "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that there is wide variability across local authorities in identifying rates of dyslexia among secondary school pupils."

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