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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michael Russell

Scottish National Party

MSP for Argyll and Bute (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for South of Scotland (Region) 2007 - 2011

Former MSP for South of Scotland (Region) 1999 - 2003

About Michael Russell

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5738
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

81 Argyll Street
Dunoon
PA23 7DH

Phone: 01369 702011
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Michael is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Michael is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michael has 1 parliamentary and government role

Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Michael does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Michael has had 20 previous roles

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

28 June 2018 - 17 February 2020

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations

Scottish Government

06 September 2016 - 28 June 2018

Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe

Scottish Government

15 June 2016 - 27 August 2016

Finance Committee

Convener

15 June 2016 - 27 August 2016

Conveners Group

Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Finance Committee

Member

21 January 2016 - 23 March 2016

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

27 November 2014 - 23 March 2016

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Member

05 November 2015 - 21 January 2016

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

27 November 2014 - 05 November 2015

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

25 May 2011 - 21 November 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Scottish Government

03 December 2009 - 25 May 2011

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Scottish Government

10 February 2009 - 01 December 2009

Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution

Scottish Government

17 May 2007 - 10 February 2009

Minister for Environment

Scottish Government

27 June 2001 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish National Party

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Standards Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 1999 - 31 March 2003

Education Culture and Sport Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 01 November 2000

Procedures Committee

Member

17 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish National Party

17 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

26 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish National Party

Register of interests

Michael'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 Michael Russell. The date of their initial statement was 18 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

From 11 May 2015 until 1 September 2016 I was Professor in Scottish Culture and Governance at the University of Glasgow (an institution of higher education and research of Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ). I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. My duties included: two public lectures per year; a number of lectures and seminars for students; research on cultural and governance issues; work with alumni; and general advice to the Principal and Senior Management Team. My hours in this role varied but I estimate that the time commitment was approximately 40 days per year. As a result of my appointment as Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, the contract for this employment will be suspended whilst I am in Government. [Amended interest 01 September 2016]

Gifts

On 1 March 2019, on a pre-opening visit to the new Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay in my constituency, I was presented by the owners, Hunter Laing & Co Ltd , with a bottle of Bunnabhain 27 Year Old Whisky from their “Old & Rare” Range which retails at £325. [Registered 9 March 2019]

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the “Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama” charitable event in Edinburgh organised by the Hunter Foundation as a guest of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd (an equity investment and specialist advice company, of 205 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QD). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £2,400 which was met by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd. [Registered 14 June 2017]

Overseas visits

On 14-17 September 2015, I visited Bosnia as part of a delegation organised by the charitable initiative Remembering Srebrenicia, which is a project of the charity Ummah Help (of Newland House, 2nd Floor, 137-139 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8UA). The visit was part of the ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ educational visits programme. The costs of the visit were met by Remembering Srebrenicia and amounted to £428 for flights and £186.41 for other costs including accommodation, food and transport during the visit, with a total cost of £614.41.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 June 2018]

Voluntary

I am an Honorary Vice President of the European Movement in Scotland. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 16 March 2017]

On 17 May I undertook at visit to Glen Scotia Distillery in Campbeltown to launch their contribution to the Campbeltown Malt Whisky Festival and was presented with a bottle of 18 year old Glen Scotia Whisky , first fill from a bourbon cask, with a commemorative label, estimated value £250. [Registered 23 May 2019]

On 16 November 2018 I won a prize in a raffle held at the SNP St Andrew’s Night Dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton in Glasgow, which was a voucher for two nights dinner bed and breakfast for two people at that hotel, total estimated worth £400 and redeemable before 16 November 2019. [Registered 18 November 2018]

I am a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church associated with the congregations in Rothesay and Dunoon.

On 27 October 2020 I was gifted a framed poem by William Wolfe. The value of this gift was £100 and was given to me by the Scottish Poetry Library. [Registered 30 October 2020]

I am a member of the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust. I receive no remuneration for this role.

On election in 2007 I resigned from active membership of Lodge 1120, Kyles of Bute, to which I had been admitted in December 2004.

I am a Trustee of the Baird of Bute Society, based in Rothesay which exists to organise the annual commemoration of Rothesay Blacksmith Andrew Baird who built and flew the first Scottish heavier than air machine from Ettrick Bay, Bute in September 1910. The society gives annual awards for aviation and science and promotes enterprise, innovation and aspiration by means of school activity and an annual science scholarship. I receive no remuneration for this role.

On 14 February 2017 I was notified by the University of Glasgow that I have been appointed, by the University Court, as an Honorary Professor in the College of Arts. This is an unpaid position and runs from 1 February 2017 to 31 March 2021. [Registered 15 February 2017]

On 6 January 2017 my wife and I were guests of the NFUS , Bute Branch, on the occasion of their AGM at the Kingarth Hotel, Bute. We were given dinner, bed & breakfast for two with an estimated value of £100. [Registered 10 January 2017]

I am a member of the University and College Union.

I am a member of the Saltire Society.

On 27 July 2016 my wife and I were the guests of David and Jean Ainslie who own Sea Life Adventures (of Clachan, Seil), on one of the company's wildlife trips to Corryvreckan , Jura & Scarba. The value of this trip was £128. [Registered 02 August 2016]

I have a contract with Scottish Hydro for the feed in tariff for solar PV panels on my house. I estimate that this will generate approximately £1,000 a year.

I am a member of the Wine Society in which I own one share worth twenty pounds.

Until August 2020 I was the Honorary President of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation. I received no remuneration for this role. [Registered 7 September 2018, Amended Interest 20 August 2020, Ceased Interest 20 August 2020]

I am a weekly contributor to the Sunday National, for which I receive no remuneration. [Registered 23 May 2019]

I am a member of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

On 30 June 2015 I attended meetings in London arranged by the not for profit US Heritage Foundation, Cyark. I received reimbursement for my expenses (travel and subsistence) of £590 from Cyark on 10 August 2015.

I am a member of the Scottish Flag Trust at Athelstaneford.

I am a member of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography.

I am a member of ACHA (the Argyll Community Housing Association).

On 16 November 2018 my wife and I attended the 9th annual SNP St Andrew's Night Dinner at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, as the guest of Community Windpower Ltd. Estimated total cost of hospitality £150. [Registered 18 November 2018]

I am a member of the Glasgow Art Club.

On 8 July 2018 I accepted an invitation to become an Honorary President of the Clyde Fisherman’s Association. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 8 July 2018]

I am a Patron of the Cowal Way, which is a long distance path within my constituency. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 7 September 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michael Russell 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.

COVID-19 Committee meeting date: 14 January 2021

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No 11) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/3)

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (Michael Russell): "Thank you for inviting me to give evidence on the regulations…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (Michael Russell): "At the outset, I will quote the two leading experts on the constitution of trading deals who write in a blog for the London School of Economics: “It has been suggested that a failure to vote in favour of the Brexit deal is a vote for ‘no deal’…

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee meeting date: 30 December 2020

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (Michael Russell): "Thank you for inviting me to appear before the committee today, convener; I wish that it were under different circumstances…

COVID-19 Committee meeting date: 23 December 2020

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No 8) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/452)

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (Michael Russell): "Thank you, convener, and thank you for the invitation to attend the committee again…

Chamber meeting date: 23 December 2020

Brexit

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (Michael Russell): "When I last addressed the chamber on our readiness for this stage of the transition period, I found it scarcely believable that, with only 23 days to go, we knew nothing about how the United Kingdom would trade with the European Union…

Votes

How Michael Russell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michael Russell has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23815.2

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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

Result 30 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23815

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Supported by: Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 30 against, 1 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.3

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Supported by: Anas Sarwar
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 94 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23768

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 21, 2020

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5 SP Bill 77 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Michael Russell 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-02077

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 August 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01335 by Humza Yousaf on 5 August 2016, whether it will ask Cal Mac Ferries to provide more detail regarding the precise commercial risks that are anticipated if the requested information was made available to communities given that there is a publicly subsidised…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2016

Question ref. S5W-02076

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 August 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01335 by Humza Yousaf on 5 August 2016, whether it will ask Cal Mac Ferries to release the information requested on the basis of a non-disclosure agreement with named individuals in communities served by these routes in order to allow research into, and informed…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2016

Question ref. S5W-02079

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 August 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government in what circumstances local authorities are allowed to charge for music tuition held in school during the normal school day as an option on the timetable."

Answered by: John Swinney on 6 September 2016

Question ref. S5W-01335

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will instruct Transport Scotland to collect data from 1 August 2016 for a period of 12 months on (a) unsuccessful attempts to book vehicles on CalMac Ferries to Islay, Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Mull and the reasons; (b) cancellations of sailings on these routes and the reasons for such…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 5 August 2016

Question ref. S5W-01289

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 7 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with regard to (a) establishing a new scheme to assist farmers and crofters on Islay with goose management and (b) compensating them for damage caused by geese to grasslands and crops."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 August 2016

Question ref. S5W-01299

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 7 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the restructuring of BBC senior management announced on 6 July 2016 will place the BBC senior manager in Scotland nearer, or further from, significant decision-making structures within the organisation."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 2 August 2016

Question ref. S5W-01298

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 7 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government what consultation it expects to have with the BBC director of nations and regions and what guarantees about such consultation the BBC's director general has given."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 2 August 2016

Question ref. S5W-01288

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 7 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will make an announcement about goose management payments for 2016-17 and any new or developed scheme for goose management on Islay."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 August 2016

Question ref. S5W-01300

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 7 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government when it was informed that the senior BBC manager in Scotland would no longer sit on the BBC's executive board and what its reaction was."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 2 August 2016

Question ref. S5W-01186

Asked by: Russell, Michael, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 4 July 2016

"To ask the Scottish Government when the Highland Self Builld Loan Fund will be made available in Argyll and Bute."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 1 August 2016

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