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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michelle Ballantyne

Independent

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2020 - present day

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Former MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2017 - 2020

About Michelle Ballantyne

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5661
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Michelle is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Michelle is a member of 3 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on End of Life Choices

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michelle does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michelle does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Michelle has had 13 previous roles

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

11 August 2020 - 24 November 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Trade

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 24 November 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Investment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 24 November 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Innovation

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

03 March 2020 - 20 August 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Convener

03 March 2020 - 20 August 2020

Conveners Group

Member

25 February 2020 - 03 March 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

17 May 2018 - 25 February 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Children

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 06 September 2018

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 17 May 2018

Public Petitions Committee

Member

29 June 2017 - 16 May 2018

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Michelle'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 Michelle Ballantyne. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2017.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 30 November 2017 I was a local authority councillor for Scottish Borders Council (of Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA). I worked 16 hours per week in this post and received remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 a year, which included provision of a laptop and mobile phone and reimbursement of mileage. From July 2017 I donated my salary to the Haining Charitable Trust. [Amended interest 6 March 2018].

Until 4 August 2017 I was head of service at Stable Life Limited, a charitable company limited by guarantee (of Dryden Farm, Ashkirk, Selkirk, TD7 4NT). Until 23 May 2017 I worked approximately 20 hours per week in this role. I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 a year for undertaking this work. On that date I ceased receiving remuneration for this post and, until 4 August 2017, provided consultancy on a voluntary basis. On 30 August 2017, I ceased all work for Stable Life [Amended interest 24 October 2017, Amended interest 6 March 2018].

I am a director of Ballantynes of Walkerburn, a manufacturing company (of Jubilee Mill, Jubilee Road, Walkerburn, EH43 6AB). I work approximately 2 hours per month in this role. I receive remuneration of between £5,001 and £10,000 a year for undertaking this role.

Gifts

On 20 January 2020 I received a donation of £2,000 to my leadership campaign from Mr John Stirling, a private individual. I established that the donation was from a permissible donor and accepted it on 22 January 2020. [Registered 19 February 2020]

Overseas visits

From 7 to 11 October 2017 I was part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs who visited 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 held meetings with a number of Government departments, trade and cultural organisations including; President MA Ying-Jeou and Madame Ma, Scottish Development International (Taiwan Office), Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City Council, Straits Exchange Foundation, British Trade and Cultural Office, Hsinchu Science Park, Green Energy and Environment Research Lab, King Car Whisky Distillery and the National Centre for Traditional Arts. The cost of the visit was; air ticket £2780, accommodation £528, bus £133, high speed rail £12, food £163, tickets for 101, opera and hot spring £59. The total cost was £3,675 met in its entirety by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). I also received gifts, which included a vase, a set of fruit forks, a mug and a book. The value of the items are below the threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 6 March 2018].

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a flat in the Scottish Borders with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I anticipate that this flat will yield gross income of between £5,001 and £10,000 annually. This income will not be received by me as the flat is managed by a member of my family.

Interest in shares

I own ordinary voting shares, ordinary shares and preference shares in Ballantynes of Walkerburn, a manufacturing company and a close family business. These shares have a market value of approximately £247,000. The shares represent 50 per cent of the issued share capital of the company. [Amended interest 19 March 2019]

Voluntary

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

I am a Council Member of Friends at the End Unincorporated Association. [Registered 19 March 2019]

I am a Patron of Food Facts and Friends. [Registered 19 March 2019]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

I am the Managing Trustee of the Haining Charitable Trust.

I am a Trustee of Friends at the End (FATE). [Registered 19 March 2019]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michelle Ballantyne 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.

Offensive Weapons

Michelle Ballantyne made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 26 November 2020

6. Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Ind): "To ask the First Minister for what reason crimes involving offensive weapons reportedly continue to be on the rise, and what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle this. (S5F-04595)"

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Union Connectivity Review

Michelle Ballantyne made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 18 November 2020

1. Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what engagement Transport Scotland has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the union connectivity review. (S5O-04753)"

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Veterans and Armed Forces Community

Michelle Ballantyne made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 17 November 2020

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "Many years ago, there was a saying that, if the Army wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you with one…

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Covid-19 Support (Tourism and Hospitality)

Michelle Ballantyne made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 11 November 2020

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. Last week, the South of Scotland Destination Alliance conducted a flash survey of the sector on the impact of the new tier system and the lockdown in England…

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Flu Vaccinations (Completion)

Michelle Ballantyne made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 29 October 2020

6. Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the First Minister whether all flu vaccinations will be completed on time. (S5F-04486)"

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Votes

How Michelle Ballantyne has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michelle Ballantyne has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23014

Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (Amendment) Bill

Submitted by: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Friday, October 9, 2020

Supported by: Bill Bowman, Tom Mason, John Mason
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Result 109 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23537.1

BiFab

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Result 61 for, 2 against, 58 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23537

BiFab

Submitted by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, November 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23536.2

Business Support

Submitted by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Fiona Hyslop, Ben Macpherson, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 65 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23536

Business Support

Date lodged: Monday, November 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 96 for, 23 against, 1 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motions

Motions made by Michelle Ballantyne in Parliament

Find out what motions Michelle Ballantyne has submitted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23251

North Berwick Firefighters

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23587

Janice Robinson's Charity Marathon

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23462

East Lothian Represented at the Scottish Beer Awards

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23461

Peebles High School Calendar Fundraiser

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-23460

Katie Chambers' Charity Run

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Written questions

Written questions Michelle Ballantyne 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-33185 - Unanswered

11 November 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that NHS Scotland doctors are being equipped with "repurposed bin bags" in the place of PPE."

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S5W-33184 - Unanswered

11 November 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government how many new jobs have been created in the Hunterston area in each of the last five years as a direct result of its investment and support."

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S5O-04753 - Unanswered

11 November 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government what engagement Transport Scotland has had with the UK Government regarding the union connectivity review."

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S5W-33031 - Unanswered

04 November 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government how many new overseas offices it plans to open in the next 10 years, and what the (a) budget and (b) location will be for each."

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S5O-04736 - Unanswered

04 November 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated to support businesses to adapt to new ways of working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

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