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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michelle Ballantyne

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2017 - present day

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 has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Innovation

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Investment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Trade

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Michelle has had 10 previous roles

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

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 the Managing Trustee of the Haining Charitable Trust.

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 13 March 2019]

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

I am a Council Member of Friends at the End Unincorporated Association. [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.

Brexit (Impact on Fisheries)

Michelle Ballantyne made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 16 September 2020

2. Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what talks it has had with the European Union regarding the potential impact of Brexit on Scotland’s fisheries. (S5O-04590)"

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Sustainable Aviation beyond Covid-19

Michelle Ballantyne made 4 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 16 September 2020

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "No one doubts the importance of aviation as an industry, and the debate is welcome, given the number of emails that I have received from very worried employees…

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Dirty Camping

Michelle Ballantyne made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 09 September 2020

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "The minister makes an important point. As a youth leader who works with children from deprived areas, I would say that the biggest issue is education. That was mentioned by Liz Smith and Stewart Stevenson…

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Logan Review (Technology Sector)

Michelle Ballantyne made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 01 September 2020

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "I, too, welcome the report, which is a good commercial guide for the Government to take forward…

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Interests

Michelle Ballantyne made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee - 25 August 2020

Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland) (Con): "Thank you, convener. I declare that I have a large shareholding in a private company. I am also the managing trustee of a private estate that was left for the benefit of the people. I refer everyone to my entry in the register of members’ interests."

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Votes

Motions

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-31819 - Unanswered

15 September 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in establishing the working group to promote bioeconomy that was referred to in the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology; how many meetings the group has held; who the members are, and whether it will publish a progress report before January 2021."

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S5W-31803 - Unanswered

14 September 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent funding (a) ministerial, (b) officials' and (c) special advisers' travel to Scottish Development International offices in each year since 2010."

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S5W-31801 - Unanswered

14 September 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government which local authorities' (a) own population data and (b) 2014 National Records of Scotland population figures it used when calculating the funding required for the proposed 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare."

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S5W-31707 - Unanswered

09 September 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-30413 by Roseanna Cunningham on 28 July 2020, when it expects to engage with stakeholders to support the development of the wild salmon strategy."

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S5O-04590 - Unanswered

09 September 2020

Ballantyne, Michelle: "To ask the Scottish Government what talks it has had with the EU regarding the potential impact of Brexit on Scotland’s fisheries."

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