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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Graham Simpson

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Graham Simpson

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @grahamsmsp

Facebook: Graham's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6983
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Room 35-36, Airdrie Business Centre
1 Chapel Lane
Airdrie
ML6 6GX

Committees

Cross-party groups

Graham is a member of 13 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Aviation

Co-Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Credit Unions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Deputy Convener

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

Deputy Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Transport

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Graham does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Graham has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Graham has had 10 previous roles

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

17 June 2021 - 22 September 2022

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

27 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Deputy Convener

16 December 2020 - 04 May 2021

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

20 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 20 August 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Convener

05 September 2017 - 25 February 2020

Conveners Group

Member

29 June 2017 - 05 September 2017

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

Register of interests

Graham'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 Graham Simpson 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: 26 January 2023

Swimming Pool Closures (Falkirk Council)

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Falkirk Council is considering closing four school swimming pools and one public pool in order to make ends meet. I have had numerous emails about that; it boils down to council funding cuts from the Scottish Government…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Rent Freeze (Effect on Availability)

5. Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has conducted on the effect of the rent cap on the number of homes available for rent in the private sector. (S6O-01824)"

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Strategic Transport Projects Review 2

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement, which should have been delivered when STPR2 was released at the end of last year…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Homelessness

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "Will the member take an intervention?"

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Housing

Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con): "We do not debate housing often enough in this place—I do not know why; it is perhaps not seen as exciting enough—so to get two debates in one day is really good…

Votes

How Graham Simpson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Graham Simpson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07666

Suspension of Standing Orders

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 26, 2023

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

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07614.2

Delivering the Homes Scotland Needs

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Gillian Martin, Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 69 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07643.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Katy Clark, Rhoda Grant, Mark Griffin, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 21 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07613.2

Homeless Emergency

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 69 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07643

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 101 for, 21 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Graham Simpson has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-13956

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12954 by Jamie Hepburn on 20 December 2022, which of the Good Governance Task Group’s recommendations on college governance that were made in 2016 (a) have been and (b) are still to be implemented."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 26 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01854

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what assurances it has received that the correct procedures were used by the board of South Lanarkshire College when it took the decision to dismiss its Principal."

Taken in the Chamber on 2 February 2023

Question ref. S6O-01824

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has conducted on the effect of the rent cap on the number of homes available for rent in the private sector."

Taken in the Chamber on 26 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13012

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S6W-12054 and S6W-12392 by Jenny Gilruth on 17 November 2022 and 6 December 2022, whether it has the power to extend the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract after its conclusion in September 2024, and for what reason it has not provided this information in its answers."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13182

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the St Andrew's Award for exceptional acts of bravery can be awarded posthumously."

Answered by Keith Brown on 5 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13396

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects the National Records of Scotland will start publishing the Migration Statistics Quarterly Summary for Scotland again."

Answered by Angus Robertson on 5 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13181

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what the qualifying criteria are for recipients of the St Andrew's Award for exceptional acts of bravery."

Answered by Keith Brown on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01762

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its progress in closing the attainment gap."

Taken in the Chamber on 12 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13180

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider recognising emergency workers who have been killed in the line of duty through the St Andrew's Award for exceptional acts of bravery."

Answered by Keith Brown on 21 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12957

Asked by: Simpson, Graham, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the recommendation in the 2016 report, Good College Governance, what plans it has to review how best to ensure appropriate direct observation of college board meetings, and what new approaches any such review could consider."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 20 December 2022

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