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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

Colin is a member of 16 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on China

Deputy Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Future of Football in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Heart and Circulatory Diseases

Co-Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Japan

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wood Panel Industry

Deputy Convener

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.

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: 7 December 2022

United Kingdom Climate Change Committee Reports

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "The report is utterly damning. Progress has stalled, seven out of 11 legal targets have been missed and a plea that was made a year ago for clarity and transparency has gone completely unanswered by the Government…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 7 December 2022

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the committee for considering my amendment 110, which relates to a defence for a person who is charged with the offence of hunting a wild animal with a dog. The bill provides that “It is a defence for a person charged with an offence ..…

Chamber meeting date: 6 December 2022

COP27 Outcomes

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Despite COP27 having taken some modest steps forward on loss and damage support for countries that are vulnerable to climate change, we did not see the transformative leap that we urgently needed…

Chamber meeting date: 24 November 2022

Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact)

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Paul McLennan for lodging his motion, particularly given the timeliness of the debate…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 23 November 2022

Just Transition Commission

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): "Good morning to the panel. The commission and many others have consistently called for greater clarity around the pipeline of work that is required to transition to net zero…

Votes

How Colin Smyth has voted in Parliament

Find out how Colin Smyth has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07133.2

International Human Rights Days

Submitted by: Rachael Hamilton, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Result 29 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07133.1

International Human Rights Days

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Result 23 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07133

International Human Rights Days

Submitted by: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Supported by: Ben Macpherson, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Result 86 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07111.3

The State of the Scottish Education System

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Result 66 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07120.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Supported by: 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, December 7, 2022

Result 30 for, 91 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Colin Smyth has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-13073

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with SEPA regarding any increased risk to bathing waters being below sufficient classifications for swimming in, during winter weather."

Answer expected on 9 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13074

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to increasing the quantity of environmental bathing water sampling from six months a year to 12, in light of the increase in wild swimming as a hobby across Scotland, and the reported increased risk of sewage overflows in winter weather, and what its position is on whether checking for…

Answer expected on 9 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13005

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many active working groups there are that fall under the remit of (a) just transition, (b) net zero and (c) energy, and whether it will provide a list of these groups."

Answer expected on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12550

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding any impact on Scotland, what its position is on whether the UK Government should leave the Energy Charter Treaty."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12549

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding any impact on Scotland, what its position is on whether the Energy Charter Treaty is functioning well."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12547

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding any impact on Scotland, whether it considers the Energy Charter Treaty should be reformed, and, if so, what its position is on how it should be reformed."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12328

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what its current estimate is of the amount of community benefit funds currently being paid for both onshore and offshore wind developments."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12329

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

"To ask the Scottish Government how many additional public electric vehicle (EV) charging points are planned across Scotland, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) estimated timescale for delivery."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12257

Asked by: Smyth, Colin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it supports the reopening of the railway between Dumfries and Stranraer."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12548

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding reform of the Energy Charter Treaty."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 5 December 2022

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