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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Labour

MSP for North East Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Mercedes Villalba

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6390
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Mercedes is a member of 12 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Migration

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nature and Climate

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palestine

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Uplands Management

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tibet

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mercedes does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Mercedes has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Biodiversity

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Mercedes does not have any previous roles

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

Register of interests

Mercedes'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 Mercedes Villalba 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: 29 September 2022

Proposed Rent Freeze

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Scotland’s tenants union, Living Rent, continues to report rent increases on its members despite the First Minister’s announcement of a rent freeze on 6 September…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

Covid Recovery Strategy (Dundee)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Although the money that has been allocated to councils through the local authority Covid economic recovery fund is welcome, it does little to reverse the damage to local services that has been caused by a decade of cuts…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

4 Day Week Global Pilot

6. Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the survey of participants in 4 Day Week Global’s pilot. (S6O-01393)"

Chamber meeting date: 8 September 2022

Tenants (Support)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "When Living Rent and I first raised the need for an emergency rent freeze with the First Minister, in April, the average rent in Scotland was £780. It now stands at £840, which is at least a 10 per cent increase in just five months…

Chamber meeting date: 7 September 2022

General Practice (Patient Satisfaction)

3. Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the health and care experience survey 2021-22 in relation to patient satisfaction with GP services. (S6O-01318)"

Votes

How Mercedes Villalba has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mercedes Villalba has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06102

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 50 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06073

Addressing NHS Waiting Times

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Meghan Gallacher, Liam Kerr, Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 52 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06102.3

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 29 for, 64 against, 23 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06102.1

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 51 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06071

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts

Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Liam Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 64 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Mercedes Villalba 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-10575

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-09839 by Tom Arthur on 11 August 2022, what information it holds on the annual totals of ownership changes of land over 3,000 hectares broken down by (a) sales and (b) transfers and succession."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10890

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Water regarding its progress towards installing spill monitors on all sewer overflows that discharge to designated bathing waters by the end of 2024."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10891

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the analysis of responses to its consultation on A New Deal for Tenants, what engagement it has planned with the tenants' union, Living Rent, on (a) the development of an effective system of national rent controls and (b) emergency financial measures to support tenants during the…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10889

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve the safety of designated bathing waters in response to the reported findings by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that 49 of 87 designated bathing waters in Scotland have recorded levels of sewage contamination beyond safe limits since May 2022."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10371

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-08457 by Mairi McAllan on 19 May 2022, what progress has been made on its consultation, Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation, which opened on 4 July 2022; which stakeholders have been involved to date, and whether any further public engagement events are planned before the…

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 1 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10495

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-09839 by Tom Arthur on 11 August 2022, how many land sales in excess of 1,000 hectares (a) there have been and (b) have been registered in each of the last 10 years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10496

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-09839 by Tom Arthur on 11 August 2022, how many land sales in excess of 2,000 hectares (a) there have been and (b) have been registered in each of the last 10 years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09839

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many land sales in excess of 3,000 hectares (a) have there been (b) have been registered, in each of the last 10 years."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 11 August 2022

Question ref. S6W-09702

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has, aside from any plans by Circularity Scotland, to inform the public that 16 August 2022 marks one year until the proposed launch date for Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme."

Answered by: Lorna Slater on 29 July 2022

Question ref. S6W-09705

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any plans it has for the delivery of an offshore training passport for Scotland's offshore oil and gas workers."

Answered by: Lorna Slater on 27 July 2022

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