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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Liz Smith

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Liz Smith

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @mspliz

Facebook: Liz's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6762
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

The Control Tower
Perth Airport
Scone
Perth
PH2 6PL

Phone: 01738 553990
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Liz is a member of 3 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Colleges and Universities

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sport

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liz does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Liz has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Liz has had 29 previous roles

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

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

20 February 2020 - 14 August 2020

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 25 February 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

19 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

19 March 2014 - 19 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

06 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

27 February 2014 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

07 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 27 February 2014

Education and Culture Committee

Member

23 June 2011 - 10 September 2013

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

12 May 2011 - 06 September 2013

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

12 May 2011 - 06 September 2013

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

13 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

03 October 2007 - 22 March 2011

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

17 May 2007 - 20 May 2010

Party Spokesperson on Education and Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

27 June 2007 - 28 September 2007

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Liz'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 Liz Smith 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: 16 May 2024

Aggregates Tax and Devolved Taxes Administration (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "First, I extend the apologies of our convener, Kenny Gibson, who is unable to be present. He has given me quite a lot of ideas for how to reflect our deliberations…

Chamber meeting date: 15 May 2024

Normandy Landings (80th Anniversary)

7. Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what events it has planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings on 6 June. (S6O-03426)"

Chamber meeting date: 8 May 2024

Rural Affordable Homes for Key Workers Fund

1. Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the rural affordable homes for key workers fund. (S6O-03404)"

Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting date: 7 May 2024

Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

Liz Smith: "When the bill team gave evidence to the committee on 26 March, they indicated that it was their intention to publish the updated financial memorandum after stage 2 of the bill. Is that effective procedure, given the need for parliamentary scrutiny?"

Votes

How Liz Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liz Smith has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13196.2

Stand Up for Teaching

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supported by: Roz McCall
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 29 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13197

Scotland’s Housing Emergency

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 13, 2024

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 95 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13196.3

Stand Up for Teaching

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Natalie Don
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 62 for, 62 against, 0 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13196

Stand Up for Teaching

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 13, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 62 for, 61 against, 1 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13197.3

Scotland’s Housing Emergency

Submitted by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kaukab Stewart
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Result 69 for, 33 against, 22 abstained, 5 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Liz Smith has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03426

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what events it has planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings on 6 June."

Taken in the Chamber on 15 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03404

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Rural Affordable Homes for Key Workers Fund."

Taken in the Chamber on 8 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03346

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what provision it is making to ensure that all school pupils have access to music tuition."

Taken in the Chamber on 25 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26267

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to make eligibility for business rate reliefs conditional on payment of the real Living Wage, as part of its Fair Work Action Plan, and, if so, which rate reliefs it anticipates will be in scope."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 11 April 2024

Question ref. S6O-03317

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its recent consultations with local authorities about community access to the school estate, including sports facilities."

Taken in the Chamber on 18 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26268

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to make the granting of licence permissions conditional on payment of the real Living Wage, as part of its Fair Work Action Plan, and, if so, which types of licences it anticipates will be in scope."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 3 April 2024

Question ref. S6O-03260

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken to measure the extent of economic inactivity in Scotland post-COVID-19 pandemic."

Taken in the Chamber on 27 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25972

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Scottish National Party manifesto commitment, what the cost would have been in (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24 of bringing the Higher Property Rate into line with that in England, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 18 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03192

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which states that the 2024-25 Budget implied a real-terms reduction to health spending."

Taken in the Chamber on 13 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25588

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Scottish National Party manifesto commitment, what the cost would be in 2024-25 of bringing the Higher Property Rate into line with that in England, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 March 2024

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