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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Elena Whitham

Scottish National Party

MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Constituency) 2021 - present day

About Elena Whitham

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @ElenaWhitham

Facebook: Elena's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5494
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

46-48 Glaisnock Street
Cumnock
East Ayrshire
KA18 1BY

Phone: 01290 319126
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Elena does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Elena does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Elena has had 4 previous roles

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

25 January 2022 - 27 January 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Member

22 June 2021 - 24 January 2022

Local Government Housing and Planning Committee

Deputy Convener

01 December 2021 - 24 January 2022

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Local Government Housing and Planning Committee

Member

Register of interests

Elena'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 Elena Whitham. The date of their initial statement was 02 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 24 June 2021 I was Depute Leader of East Ayrshire Council (of Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, KA3 7BU). I spent approximately 20 hours a week on this role and received remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum. I donated this salary, after deductions and taxes, to charities within my ward. [Amended interest 31 August 2021]

Until 5 May 2022 I was a councillor at East Ayrshire Council (of Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, KA3 7BU). I spent approximately 15 hours a week on the role and received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. I donated my councillor salary, after deductions and taxes, to charities within my ward for the duration of my term. [Registered 31 August 2021, Amended interest 10 May 2022]

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 Women for Independence.

I am currently a member of the 16th Ayrshire Scout Group.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Elena Whitham 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.

Social Justice and Social Security Committee meeting date: 30 June 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Elena Whitham): "Good morning and welcome to the 21st meeting in 2022 of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee. This is our final meeting before the parliamentary recess. We have received apologies from Foysol Choudhury…

Chamber meeting date: 28 June 2022

Independence Referendum

Elena Whitham (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley) (SNP): "Aside from the fact that it is our sovereign right as Scottish citizens to determine the democratic path that our nation takes, in the current cost of living crisis, the most vulnerable in society are consistently being failed by the UK Government, while the Scottish Government is doing more than any other UK Administration to tackle poverty and…

Chamber meeting date: 23 June 2022

Violence in Schools

Elena Whitham (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley) (SNP): "Can the cabinet secretary provide an update on the work that is being done to educate young people on gender-based violence in schools, in order to combat sexual harassment and intimate partner abuse among young people?"

Social Justice and Social Security Committee meeting date: 23 June 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Elena Whitham): "Good morning. Welcome to the 20th meeting in 2022 of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee. Our first item of business is to decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private. Do we agree to do that? Members indicated agreement."

Social Justice and Social Security Committee meeting date: 23 June 2022

Resource Spending Review

The Convener: "Our next item of business is an evidence session on the resource spending review…

Votes

How Elena Whitham has voted in Parliament

Find out how Elena Whitham 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 for

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 against

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 Elena Whitham 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-09327

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide an update on the uptake to date of the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel, and what assessment it has made of the impact of the scheme on children in households on the lowest incomes and their ability to access opportunities."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08239

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it (a) has spent on funding Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) in each year for which it has been responsible for doing so and (b) estimates it will spend on funding DHPs in the current financial year, all broken down by how much was in relation to (i) the removal of the spare room subsidy and (ii) other…

Answered by: Shona Robison on 11 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08184

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to making food security impact assessments an immediate requirement for any application for largescale forestry expansion on productive agricultural land, in order to ensure that all productive land can be prioritised for food production rather than carbon offsetting by non-agricultural…

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 9 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08185

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to implementing a rapid food production impact assessment of all existing and new legislation and policy affecting agricultural land use and practice, in order to avoid any undermining of the potential for, or increases to the costs of, food production."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 5 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-07435

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the UK Government regarding a lifetime commitment to thalidomide health grants and support beyond 2023."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07436

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the most recent known levels of charges for (a) NHS prescriptions and (b) eye tests in Scotland, and how this compares with (i) England and (ii) Wales."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07369

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what further steps it is taking to respond to the Ukrainian refugee crisis."

Answered by: Nicola Sturgeon on 11 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06475

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact new offshore installed power generation will have on the reported concerns regarding onshore landscape capacity."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 2 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06477

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what considerations it will put in place for onshore wind turbine planning consents (a) in areas where the onshore installed power generation is already at a high level and (b) where rural communities feel that they are already contributing significantly towards renewable targets."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-06476

Asked by: Whitham, Elena, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the onshore wind turbines planning advice guidance will be updated to reflect considerations for applications for turbines of 200m and over that are in close proximity to individual rural dwellings or settlements, and to require turbines of 150m and over to be illuminated."

Awaiting answer

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