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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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John Swinney

Scottish National Party

MSP for Perthshire North (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for North Tayside (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About John Swinney

Contact details

Contact online

Website: johnswinney.scot

Post-d: @johnswinney

Facebook: John's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5717
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

17-19 Leslie Street
Blairgowrie
PH10 6AH

Phone: 01250 876576
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

John is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

John is a member of 1 cross-party group

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Enterprise

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

John does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

John does not have any party roles

Previous roles

John has had 22 previous roles

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

19 May 2021 - 28 March 2023

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery

Scottish Government

18 May 2016 - 18 May 2021

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Scottish Government

21 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy

Scottish Government

21 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Deputy First Minister

Scottish Government

25 May 2011 - 21 November 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

Scottish Government

17 May 2007 - 25 May 2011

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

Scottish Government

05 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish National Party

05 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Public Services

Scottish National Party

30 October 2004 - 02 April 2007

Substitute Member

20 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Deputy Convener

15 September 2005 - 20 September 2005

Member

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

Convener

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

conveners group

Member

15 September 2004 - 28 September 2004

Member

01 May 2003 - 03 September 2004

Party Leader

Scottish National Party

26 September 2000 - 31 March 2003

Party Leader

Scottish National Party

17 June 1999 - 01 November 2000

Member

06 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Deputy Party Leader

Scottish National Party

25 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish National Party

25 May 1999 - 26 September 2000

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish National Party

17 June 1999 - 26 September 2000

Convener

24 August 1999 - 26 September 2000

Conveners Liaison Group

Member

Register of interests

John'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 John Swinney 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: 22 February 2024

Inward Migration (Rest of the UK)

John Swinney (Perthshire North) (SNP): "I warmly congratulate the minister on the work that she is doing in relation to tackling the question of depopulation in parts of Scotland. That goes to the heart of being part of a Government that acts in the interests of the whole of the country…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

John Swinney (Perthshire North) (SNP): "I understand the different and competing views that have been expressed about the Government’s proposals, but I will convey to the minister a word of advice from somebody who has been around the Parliament for a long time…

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1

John Swinney (Perthshire North) (SNP): "While the Deputy First Minister is making her representations to the United Kingdom Government on those important questions, will she be mindful that the last advice that we got from the Conservatives in this Parliament was for us to follow the example of Liz Truss? Look at the shambles that that has created."

Chamber meeting date: 7 February 2024

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Funding) (Women in Business)

John Swinney (Perthshire North) (SNP): "In advancing the arguments that Beatrice Wishart put forward about encouraging more women to enter business, is the Government prepared to engage in dialogue with Women’s Enterprise Scotland to make use of the formidable resources, skills and capacity that it has to offer on that agenda?"

Chamber meeting date: 7 February 2024

Social Security (Investment)

John Swinney (Perthshire North) (SNP): "Will the member take an intervention?"

Votes

How John Swinney has voted in Parliament

Find out how John Swinney has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12252

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Joe FitzPatrick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Angela Constance
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 84 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215.1

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Carol Mochan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12214

Improving Access to Primary Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions John Swinney has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-21650

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 September 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to provide guidance on physical restraint in educational settings."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 6 October 2023

Question ref. S6W-20369

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will update the Scottish Parliament on the Fiscal Framework review."

Answered by Shona Robison on 2 August 2023

Question ref. S6W-19286

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16 June 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the next paper in the Building a New Scotland series."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 19 June 2023

Question ref. S6W-18222

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 May 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to enhance medical education in relation to myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in medical schools."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 5 June 2023

Question ref. S6W-18221

Asked by: Swinney, John, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 May 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to enhance continuous professional development (CPD) among clinicians, in relation to awareness of the treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 5 June 2023

Question ref. S2O-12498

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve signage for access to the Cairngorms from the A9."

Answered by Tavish Scott on 29 March 2007

Question ref. S2W-31427

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it has incurred to date in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application)."

Answered by Johann Lamont on 16 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31428

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it expects to incur in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers versus The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application)."

Answered by Johann Lamont on 16 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31401

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what professional qualifications are held by staff employed by Fisheries Research Services at Freshwater Laboratory Faskally."

Answered by Sarah Boyack on 7 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31491

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how much expenditure the Scottish Information Commissioner has incurred from the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s central contingency fund to date in (a) legal costs and (b) court costs in defending the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s…

Answered by John Scott on 6 February 2007

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