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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Beatrice Wishart

Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for Shetland Islands (Constituency) 2019 - present day

About Beatrice Wishart

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @beatricewishart

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6296
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Beatrice is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Beatrice is a member of 22 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Colleges and Universities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fisheries and Coastal Communities

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Long Covid

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Maritime and Shipbuilding

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Medicinal Cannabis

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Men's Violence Against Women and Children

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Mental Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Muscular Dystrophy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nature and Climate

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Oil and Gas

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poverty

Deputy Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Skills

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Space

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on WASPI

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Beatrice does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Beatrice has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Beatrice has had 11 previous roles

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

01 September 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Deputy Convener

31 August 2021 - 01 September 2021

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 31 August 2021

Education Children and Young People Committee

Member

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Liberal Democrats

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Liberal Democrats

08 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Liberal Democrats

05 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Member

10 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Education and Skills Committee

Member

25 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

18 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

21 April 2020 - 04 May 2021

COVID19 Committee

Member

Register of interests

Beatrice'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.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Beatrice Wishart 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: 16 May 2024

Scottish Funding Council (Subject Price Groups)

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "When looking at pricing for higher education, what measures, in addition to the Scottish Funding Council’s rural and remoteness funding premium, can be taken to ensure that courses are appropriately funded and that availability of courses does not come down to what is cheapest to deliver? That is a concern in my constituency, given the…

Chamber meeting date: 15 May 2024

Police Officer Numbers

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "We know that there are impacts on police officers’ mental wellbeing given their difficult role. The impact of attending incidents involving mental health cases is one factor in that…

Chamber meeting date: 15 May 2024

Young Musicians (Impact of Brexit)

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "Shetland young fiddler of the year is an annual competition that is held in April and that demonstrates the talent in the islands. It is a great shame that our young musicians and touring artists are being stifled by Brexit red tape…

Chamber meeting date: 15 May 2024

Young Musicians (Impact of Brexit)

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "Shetland young fiddler of the year is an annual competition that is held in April and that demonstrates the talent in the islands. It is a great shame that our young musicians and touring artists are being stifled by Brexit red tape…

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 15 May 2024

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "Amendment 144 seeks to expand the schedule 1 list of products that could be supported by Scottish ministers by adding venison to the list…

Votes

How Beatrice Wishart has voted in Parliament

Find out how Beatrice Wishart has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13196.2

Stand Up for Teaching

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supported by: Roz McCall
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 29 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13197

Scotland’s Housing Emergency

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 13, 2024

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 95 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13196.3

Stand Up for Teaching

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Natalie Don
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 62 for, 62 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13196

Stand Up for Teaching

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 13, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 62 for, 61 against, 1 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13197.3

Scotland’s Housing Emergency

Submitted by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kaukab Stewart
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 69 for, 33 against, 22 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Beatrice Wishart has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6W-26216

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 18 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average duration was in the academic year 2022-23 that (i) a teacher and (ii) an educational worker was suspended from their duties following allegations made against them and pending investigation."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-25984

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on rural GP training of the reported decision by NHS Education for Scotland to withdraw funding for face-to-face GP Educator Supervisors’ workshops and conferences in the north of Scotland."

Answered by Neil Gray on 15 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25931

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 1 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the results of the Seabirds Count census in 2023, whether it can provide an update on the progress of the Scottish Seabird Conservation Strategy."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 13 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25294

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the medical provision that is available to those living with renal vascular compression, what treatments are available; how many consultants there are in Scotland who can treat this condition, and what the average timescale for treatment is."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 26 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03138

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on nursery-age childcare funding provision."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03060

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of the reduction in funding for Highlands and Islands Enterprise on women in business."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24524

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will review the Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, which give local authorities the discretion to charge a fee for the issue or re-issue of Blue Badges."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 29 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24364

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 8 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to create specific funding schemes for brain tumour research."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 19 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24365

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 8 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is working to improve access to treatments for brain tumour patients."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 19 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24366

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 8 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent steps it has taken to improve care for people with a brain tumour diagnosis."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 19 January 2024

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