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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Colin Smyth

Scottish Labour

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Colin Smyth

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @colinsmythmsp

Facebook: Colin's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6986
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

17 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AT

Phone: 01387 279205
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Colin does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Colin has 5 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Economic Development

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Net Zero

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Colin has had 3 previous roles

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

09 January 2018 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

Register of interests

Colin'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 Colin Smyth. The date of their initial statement was 05 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

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

Until 31 May 2016 I was a volunteer coordinator at Parkinson’s UK, a charity organisation (of 215 Vauxhaull Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EJ). I received remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum and worked 35 hours per week. I do not believe this meets the prejudice test.

I am a member of the League Against Cruel Sports.

I am Chairperson of the Dumfries and Galloway Fairtrade Steering Group.

I am a member of GMB Union.

I am member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

I am Chairperson of the Eastriggs Railway Station Action Group (ERSAG).

I am a member of Unite the Union.

Until 4 May 2017, when I stood down, I was a senior councillor for Dumfries and Galloway Council (of English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD). I worked approximately 20 hours per week and I received remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 per annum. I donated my salary to local and national good causes/charities. I do not believe this meets the prejudice test.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Colin Smyth 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: 29 June 2022

Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (Greyhound Racing)

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "It is not just on unlicensed tracks such as Thornton that injuries and deaths of greyhounds take place…

Chamber meeting date: 23 June 2022

In-patient Births (Galloway Community Hospital)

2. Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Dumfries and Galloway regarding the reinstatement of in-patient births at the community maternity unit within the Galloway community hospital. (S6O-01277)"

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 22 June 2022

Broadband Connectivity

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Cabinet secretary, you talked about the challenges that rural areas face in accessing digital opportunities—connectivity in particular…

Chamber meeting date: 21 June 2022

Avian Influenza

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary will be aware that the avian flu outbreak has been particularly devastating for overwintering geese on the Solway and has killed an estimated third of the world’s population of Svalbard barnacle geese…

Chamber meeting date: 16 June 2022

Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the minister for advance sight of her statement. Although Labour welcomes Dr Church’s report and recommendations as far as they go, it should not have taken a review to tell the minister to implement her own manifesto commitments…

Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-05235.3

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 85 for, 25 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Colin Smyth 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. S6W-08722

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to calls for extended opening hours for licensed premises between 2 and 4 June 2022 to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee."

Answered by: Ash Regan on 7 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-06665

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) financial resources and (b) other support will be provided for the establishment of freeports in Scotland."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 7 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06069

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on data published by NatureScot reportedly stating that the deer population in Scotland now exceeds one million and is increasing."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 2 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06070

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish an updated deer management strategy to implement the recommendations in the Deer Working Group report."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 25 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-06071

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when NatureScot will publish a progress report on the implementation of each of the Deer Working Group recommendations that the Scottish Government accepted."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 25 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-06066

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for new cull targets for deer populations."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 25 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-06067

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish the annual deer cull returns for (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 25 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-06072

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to bring forward any new incentives for land managers in relation to deer management."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 25 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-06068

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact COVID-19 restrictions had on the numbers of deer culled in 2021-22."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 25 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-06664

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether all Scottish Ministers are of the same view regarding the allocation of government resources for the establishment of freeports in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

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