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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2021 - present day

About Foysol Choudhury

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6761
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Phone: 0131 348 6896
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Foysol is a member of 21 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Challenging Racial and Religious Prejudice

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Independent Convenience Stores

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Migration

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palestine

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Volunteering

Co-Convener

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

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Foysol does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Foysol has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Europe

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on International Development

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Foysol does not have any previous roles

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

Register of interests

Foysol'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 Foysol Choudhury. The date of their initial statement was 10 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

I own 11,000 ordinary shares in Universal Koba Corporation Ltd, a licensed restaurant, representing 10% of the issued share capital, with a market value of £11,000.

I own 100% of the issued share capital of West Preston Street Ltd, a licensed restaurant, with a market value of £15,000.

Voluntary

I am the General Secretary of the Council of Bangladeshis in Scotland.

I am a member of UNITE the Union.

I am General Secretary of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurants UK Limited.

I am Co. Chair of Edinburgh and Lothian Equality Council.

I am a Board Member of Edinburgh Mela.

I am Chairperson of Bangladeshi Samity Edinburgh.

I am a member of the Co-operative Party. [Registered 15 December 2021]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Foysol Choudhury 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: 2 February 2023

Muirhouse Millennium Centre

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "The Muirhouse millennium centre in my region is facing financial difficulty. Several meetings have been held to address the centre management’s concern about the lack of future core funding, which could mean the risk of closure…

Chamber meeting date: 2 February 2023

Pupil Support Assistants (Recruitment)

7. Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to increase the recruitment of pupil support assistants, including ensuring that they receive fair pay. (S6O-01858)"

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Housing

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "Thank you, Presiding Officer, for the opportunity to speak on this important issue…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Childcare

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "I thank Meghan Gallacher for bringing the debate to the chamber…

Chamber meeting date: 24 January 2023

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Foysol Choudhury (Lothian) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect. I would have voted yes."

Votes

How Foysol Choudhury has voted in Parliament

Find out how Foysol Choudhury has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07727

Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater, Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 2, 2023

Result 68 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07710.2

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 24 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 90 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07735.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Roz McCall, Liz Smith, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07734.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Ross, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Foysol Choudhury has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-14558

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure adequate availability of rented accommodation for students, in light of reports that a lack of available and affordable housing is having an adverse impact on students' mental health and wellbeing."

Answer expected on 2 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-13836

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS 24 calls have been abandoned before the caller was able to speak to an operator in the period between 1 October 2022 and 10 January 2023."

Answered by Humza Yousaf on 26 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01858

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to increase the recruitment of pupil support assistants, including ensuring they receive fair pay."

Taken in the Chamber on 2 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-13176

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had to encourage employers to offer part-time work and flexibility to people with long COVID."

Answered by Richard Lochhead on 11 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13175

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assist any key workers affected by long COVID who are threatened with losing their homes due to their condition."

Answered by Shona Robison on 11 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13174

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any proposals for a compensation, settlement and pension scheme for key workers seriously impacted by long COVID as a result of their work."

Answered by Ben Macpherson on 11 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13035

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Scotland’s richest areas have nearly 10 times as many public defibrillators as the most deprived areas."

Answered by Maree Todd on 9 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-12860

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of a scarlet fever outbreak on MS Ambition, how it will ensure that young people and their families are given adequate mental health support to deal with the challenges of becoming infectious whilst living in temporary accommodation as refugees."

Answered by Neil Gray on 19 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01722

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what specific measures are being taken to support social care workers during the cost of living crisis."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6T-01046

Asked by: Choudhury, Foysol, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, after Scotland experienced its coldest night of the year with temperatures as low as -15.6C, what action it is taking to ensure that homeless individuals have access to safe, warm housing during this winter period."

Taken in the Chamber on 13 December 2022

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