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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Sarah Boyack

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2019 - present day

Former MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - 2016

Former MSP for Edinburgh Central (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About Sarah Boyack

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6994
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Sarah is a member of 6 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cycling, Walking and Buses

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rail

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Sarah does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Sarah has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Sarah has had 28 previous roles

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

05 February 2020 - 25 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

10 September 2019 - 11 September 2019

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

06 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Policy Forum/Manifesto Co-ordinator

Scottish Labour

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Member

19 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Environmental Justice

Scottish Labour

16 December 2014 - 19 August 2015

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Labour

16 December 2014 - 19 August 2015

Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Labour

03 September 2013 - 08 January 2015

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Substitute Member

19 December 2011 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Labour

19 December 2011 - 16 December 2014

Party Spokesperson on Planning

Scottish Labour

20 May 2011 - 19 December 2011

Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Labour

20 May 2011 - 19 December 2011

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Labour

17 September 2007 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Labour

17 September 2007 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Labour

13 June 2007 - 20 September 2007

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

18 May 2007 - 17 September 2007

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Labour

11 January 2007 - 17 May 2007

Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development

Scottish Government

10 June 2003 - 15 January 2007

Conveners Group

Member

10 June 2003 - 15 January 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Convener

04 June 2003 - 10 June 2003

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

26 September 2002 - 31 March 2003

Social Justice Committee

Substitute Member

31 October 2002 - 31 March 2003

Audit Committee

Member

06 March 2003 - 31 March 2003

European and External Relations Committee

Member

29 November 2001 - 05 March 2003

European Committee

Member

07 March 2002 - 27 June 2002

Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill Committee

Member

21 March 2001 - 28 November 2001

Minister for Transport and Planning

Scottish Government

02 November 2000 - 21 March 2001

Minister for Transport and Telecommunications

Scottish Government

19 May 1999 - 01 November 2000

Minister for Transport and the Environment

Scottish Government

Register of interests

Sarah'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 Sarah Boyack. The date of their initial statement was 17 September 2019.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Prior to my return to Parliament, I worked as Head of Public Affairs for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Sutherland House, 149 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5NW. I worked part time for the first three weeks from February 2017, then full time from March 2017. I left the post on 12th July 2019 and was returned to Parliament on 15 July 2019. On 26 July 2019, I received a final salary payment of between £1,001 and £2,000 representing the outstanding salary owed to me. [Registered 1 May 2020]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Spokes - The Lothian Cycle Campaign

I am a member of both Unison and Community Trade Unions

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland

I am a Vice President of the European Movement in Scotland [Registered 9 December 2020]

I supported the Proposed Mediation (Scotland) Bill. I have a family member who is the Director of Scottish Mediation which is supportive of the Bill. [Registered 9 January 2020]

I worked as a temporary and part time lecturer at Heriot Watt University teaching Planning and Environmental Studies from September 2016 until March 2017. [Registered 9 December 2020]

I am a member of the Edinburgh Solar COOP [Registered 9 December 2020]

I am a member of The Cooperative Party

Recent Activity

What was said

What Sarah Boyack 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.

Chamber meeting date: 20 January 2021

Covid-19 (Support for Students)

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "NUS Scotland published research last week showing the shocking levels of debt that students experience, which have been made worse by the pandemic…

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2021

Protect Scotland App

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I spoke to a constituent yesterday who found out through the Scottish Government phone app that he had spent time with someone who had tested positive for Covid. He is worried, because it was 10 days before he was notified…

Local Government and Communities Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment (No 2) Order 2020 (SSI 2020/139)

Sarah Boyack: "Would it be possible for us to write to the Scottish Government to ask for an update on progress on the issue…

Local Government and Communities Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 (Parts 3 and 5) (Post-Legislative Scrutiny)

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Good morning, cabinet secretary. To follow up on that point, one issue that came through was the extent to which all communities are able to use the powers and opportunities that come from the act…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Covid-19

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Will the First Minister publish the rate of progress in relation to vaccination in our care homes…

Votes

How Sarah Boyack has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sarah Boyack has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23606

Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Friday, December 4, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Result 118 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23884

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - UK Legislation

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 18, 2021

Supported by: Ash Denham
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Result 92 for, 27 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

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

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Sarah Boyack 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-33993

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment in the recently-published Scottish House Condition Survey that (a) before taking account the impact of COVID-19, one in four households live in fuel poverty, (b) progress in tackling fuel poverty is too slow and (c) there has been an increase in fuel poverty in remote rural areas."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5O-04892

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on giving financial recognition to people working in local government during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as agreed at the recent COSLA Leaders meeting."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33967

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will guarantee that the costs of moving to low-carbon heat will be fully met for households that are living in fuel poverty."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33966

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that the work toward achieving net-zero emissions does not lead to more households facing fuel poverty."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33968

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will introduce a support programme for rural home owners, particularly in off-gas areas, to ensure that they are not adversely affected by the costs of moving to low-carbon heat."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04837

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its importance to the tourist industry, what additional support it plans to provide to the hospitality sector."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04813

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will put in place to allow older people to be visited by their family during the winter period."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33120

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance last met (a) the STUC, (b) Unite the Union, (c) UNISON and (d) the GMB and what was discussed, and what future meetings are planned, also broken down by the expected agenda items."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 23 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32907

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-32867 by Jeane Freeman on 29 October 2020, whether it will publish (a) the full set of papers produced by the COVID-19 Advisory Group and (b) any papers produced by members of the Group that have been considered at its meetings."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 20 November 2020

Question ref. S5O-04760

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to encourage an increase in the use of bus services following the COVID-19 pandemic."

Awaiting answer

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