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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Neil Findlay

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - present day

About Neil Findlay

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6896
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

4 Northfield Court
West Calder
EH55 8DS

Phone: 01506 873242
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Neil is a member of 8 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women's Health

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Neil does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Neil does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Neil has had 26 previous roles

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

06 September 2018 - 17 September 2019

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

22 October 2018 - 31 May 2019

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

04 October 2018 - 28 May 2019

Party Spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs

Scottish Labour

04 October 2018 - 28 May 2019

Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish Labour

04 October 2018 - 28 May 2019

Party Spokesperson on Party Liaison

Scottish Labour

09 January 2018 - 01 November 2018

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Campaigns and Party Engagement

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Brexit

Scottish Labour

09 January 2018 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

14 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Conveners Group

Member

14 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Convener

08 June 2016 - 14 June 2016

Health and Sport Committee

Member

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Trade Union Liaison

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Inclusion

Scottish Labour

02 September 2015 - 23 March 2016

Welfare Reform Committee

Member

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Care

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Welfare

Scottish Labour

16 December 2014 - 09 May 2015

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

10 July 2013 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Labour

23 June 2011 - 03 September 2013

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

10 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Education and Culture Committee

Deputy Convener

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Labour

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

22 December 2011 - 10 January 2012

Education and Culture Committee

Member

01 June 2011 - 21 December 2011

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

Member

Register of interests

Neil'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 Neil Findlay. The date of their initial statement was 17 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I published a book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times with Luath Press Ltd, 543/2 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND. I expect to receive royalties of between £5,001 and £10,000, which will all be donated to good causes. [Registered 11 October 2017]

I published a book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times with Luath Press Ltd, 543/2 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND. I expect to receive royalties of between £5,001 and £10,000, which will all be donated to good causes. [Registered 11 October 2017]

Gifts

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from ASLEF, the train drivers' union of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from Thompsons Solicitors, 285 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HQ. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from Thompsons Solicitors, 285 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HQ. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 25 September 2017, UNITE the Union of 128 Theobald's road, Holburn, London, WC1x 8TN hosted a fringe event at the Labour party conference to promote my book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times. The event cost between £500 and £1,000. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from ASLEF, the train drivers' union of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN. [Registered 11 October 2017]

On 25 September 2017, UNITE the Union of 128 Theobald's road, Holburn, London, WC1x 8TN hosted a fringe event at the Labour party conference to promote my book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times. The event cost between £500 and £1,000. [Registered 11 October 2017]

Overseas visits

From 9 to 13 October 2016 I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The total cost of the flight, hotel and ancillary expenses was £6000. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 25 October 2016]

From 11 to 22 February 2020 I took part in an international deputation that visited Colombia to monitor the progress of the peace accord. This was organised by the UK based organisation Justice For Columbia (an organisation to support Colombian civil society in its struggle for human rights, labour rights, peace and social justice of 4th Floor, 75-77 St John Street, London EC1M 4NN). The costs, which were met by Justice For Columbia, were as follows; internal flights, hotel, food £782.73, logistical support and coordination £423.62 and international flight £972.65. [Registered 4 March 2020]

From 9 to 13 October 2016 I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The total cost of the flight, hotel and ancillary expenses was £6000. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 25 October 2016]

From 11 to 22 February 2020 I took part in an international deputation that visited Colombia to monitor the progress of the peace accord. This was organised by the UK based organisation Justice For Columbia (an organisation to support Colombian civil society in its struggle for human rights, labour rights, peace and social justice of 4th Floor, 75-77 St John Street, London EC1M 4NN). The costs, which were met by Justice For Columbia, were as follows; internal flights, hotel, food £782.73, logistical support and coordination £423.62 and international flight £972.65. [Registered 4 March 2020]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union.

In March 2018 I donated money from the sales of my book ‘Socialism and hope’ to the following charities donations ranged from £1000 to £100- St John’s Hospital breast cancer endowment West Lothian Foodbank West Lothian Women’s Aid West Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Service Aid and Abet the MS Therapy Centre West Lothian 50+ Network Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Whitburn Community Development Trust West Calder Community Development Trust Stoneyburn Future Vision Group Loganlea Miners Welfare Armadale Community Shed Polbeth Community Garden [Registered 11 April 2018]

I am a member of Fauldhouse community development trust. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position.

From the 1st of July 2020 I am working to establish a social enterprise called SEJ Consulting. The business will seek to assist community groups, trades unions, NGOs, charities etc campaign and influence change at a national and local level. I will not work for the business or earn any income until after I leave parliament in March 2020. The business when fully registered and established is likely to be a community interest company, reinvesting surpluses after visits into community benefit initiatives, discounted rates or pro bono work. I am aware I do not need to register this as I will receive no income but in the interest of transparency want to voluntarily do so.

In March 2018 I donated money from the sales of my book ‘Socialism and hope’ to the following charities donations ranged from £1000 to £100- St John’s Hospital breast cancer endowment West Lothian Foodbank West Lothian Women’s Aid West Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Service Aid and Abet the MS Therapy Centre West Lothian 50+ Network Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Whitburn Community Development Trust West Calder Community Development Trust Stoneyburn Future Vision Group Loganlea Miners Welfare Armadale Community Shed Polbeth Community Garden [Registered 11 April 2018]

I received two vouchers for a complimentary four ball round of golf at Greenburn Golf Club with an estimated value of £200. [Registered 14 May 2020]

I am a member of Educational Institute of Scotland.

On 14 July 2016 my wife and I attended The Open Golf Championship at Troon and had lunch. Tickets and lunch were provided by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. I do not consider that this gift meets the prejudice test. [Registered 30 August 2016]

On 29 August 2016 my wife and I attended the Edinburgh festival fireworks display and had dinner at the Balmoral Hotel courtesy of Thompsons solicitors. I consider that the value of this gift is below the threshold for registration in the Gifts category. [Registered 30 August 2016]

I am a member of Unite the Union.

My wife and daughter work for NHS Lothian.

On 19th July, my wife and I attended the Hamilton Races as a guest of Scottish Racing. The value of the gift, which comprised two tickets and lunch, was £168.54. [Registered 31 July 2019]

Until February 2019 I was a member of Greenburn golf club, Fauldhouse. [Amended interest 15 May 2020, Ceased interest 15 May 2020]

I am a member of Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union.

I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

Until February 2019 I was a member of Greenburn golf club, Fauldhouse. [Amended interest 15 May 2020, Ceased interest 15 May 2020]

I am a member of Educational Institute of Scotland.

Over the last year I have carried out a number of surveys for which I have received around £400. I have donated this money to good causes. [Registered 26 March 2018]

I received two vouchers for a complimentary four ball round of golf at Greenburn Golf Club with an estimated value of £200. [Registered 14 May 2020]

I am a member of Scottish CND.

I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

From the 1st of July 2020 I am working to establish a social enterprise called SEJ Consulting. The business will seek to assist community groups, trades unions, NGOs, charities etc campaign and influence change at a national and local level. I will not work for the business or earn any income until after I leave parliament in March 2020. The business when fully registered and established is likely to be a community interest company, reinvesting surpluses after visits into community benefit initiatives, discounted rates or pro bono work. I am aware I do not need to register this as I will receive no income but in the interest of transparency want to voluntarily do so.

On 19th July, my wife and I attended the Hamilton Races as a guest of Scottish Racing. The value of the gift, which comprised two tickets and lunch, was £168.54. [Registered 31 July 2019]

I am a member of Fauldhouse community development trust. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

On 29 August 2016 my wife and I attended the Edinburgh festival fireworks display and had dinner at the Balmoral Hotel courtesy of Thompsons solicitors. I consider that the value of this gift is below the threshold for registration in the Gifts category. [Registered 30 August 2016]

I am a member of Scottish CND.

In January 2018 I wrote an article for the Scotsman newspaper and will be paid £100 for it which will be donated to charity. [18 January 2018]

My wife and daughter work for NHS Lothian.

In January 2018 I wrote an article for the Scotsman newspaper and will be paid £100 for it which will be donated to charity. [18 January 2018]

Over the last year I have carried out a number of surveys for which I have received around £400. I have donated this money to good causes. [Registered 26 March 2018]

On 14 July 2016 my wife and I attended The Open Golf Championship at Troon and had lunch. Tickets and lunch were provided by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. I do not consider that this gift meets the prejudice test. [Registered 30 August 2016]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Neil Findlay 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.

Votes

How Neil Findlay has voted in Parliament

Find out how Neil Findlay has voted recently.

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, 15 abstained

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22780

Prioritising Education Over Independence

Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 21, 2020

Supported by: Michelle Ballantyne
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Result 64 for, 35 against, 30 abstained

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22780.3

Prioritising Education Over Independence

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Michael Russell, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Result 65 for, 55 against, 9 abstained

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22800

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 114 for, 1 against, 14 abstained

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-22731

Employment Support

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Result 89 for, 28 against, 12 abstained

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Motions made by Neil Findlay in Parliament

Find out what motions Neil Findlay has submitted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-22809

Euphoric Recall

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22783

Job Losses and Compulsory Redundancies at Heriot-Watt University

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22763

Willie Gaughan Celebrates his 102nd Birthday

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22762

Kieran Hopkins Skydives for Charity

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Motion ref. S5M-22817

Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Written questions

Written questions Neil Findlay 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-31722 - Answered

10 September 2020

Findlay, Neil: "To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-31461 by Jeane Freeman on 10 September 2020, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding on what date the First Minister was made aware that patients were being transferred from hospitals to care homes without being tested for COVID-19."

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S5O-04656 - Unanswered

23 September 2020

Findlay, Neil: "To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle climate change."

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S5W-31769 - Answered

11 September 2020

Findlay, Neil: "To ask the Scottish Government whether an equalities impact assessment was carried out of its Test and Protect app; for what reason it is not accessible to phones with older operating systems, and what advice it is providing to people who do not have the technology to download it."

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S5W-31799 - Unanswered

14 September 2020

Findlay, Neil: "To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and (b) MRSA tests have been carried out in hospitals in each NHS board area during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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S5W-31759 - Unanswered

11 September 2020

Findlay, Neil: "To ask the Scottish Government for what reason patients are being referred to the specialist mesh service in Glasgow, in light of the terms of reference for, moderator of, and team running the unit not yet being published."

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