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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

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.

Here is the register for Mercedes Villalba. The date of their initial statement was 08 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

No registrable interests

Voluntary

As a funded PhD student prior to the election, I received a monthly stipend of £1,273.75. I received the last stipend on 28 May 2021, but returned this to the university on 8 June 2021.

Member of Unite the Union.

Member of ACORN tenants' union.

Member of Living Rent tenants' union.

Member of University and College Union.

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.

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 18 May 2022

European Union Exit: Impact on Rural Affairs and Islands Remit

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Good morning. I want to follow up on Karen Adam’s question about the practical support that the UK Government could be providing…

Chamber meeting date: 17 May 2022

Carbon Neutral Islands

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Reaching net zero cannot be about just hitting a target. I think that everyone in the chamber agrees that we must drastically reduce our emissions. That agreement is testament to the climate movement…

Chamber meeting date: 17 May 2022

Marine Life (Unexploded Ordnance)

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Beatrice Wishart for securing this important debate on protecting marine life during unexploded ordnance removal…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 11 May 2022

Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I support Maurice Golden’s amendments 19 to 21, which highlight the limited number of public bodies that are covered by the bill’s provisions…

Chamber meeting date: 4 May 2022

“A Just Transition? The Voices of Oil and Gas Workers”

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab): "This latest report reveals that just one in 10 oil and gas workers feel that they have enough opportunities to switch to work in renewables…

Votes

How Mercedes Villalba has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mercedes Villalba has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-04567.1

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 21 for, 97 against, 3 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04607.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 53 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04607

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04567

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Maree Todd, Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 68 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04567.2

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

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-08456

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of land that is owned by each local authority supports organic farming."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 20 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08321

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding ending its training of the National Police of Colombia in light of (a) the reported crackdown on protesters in Colombia in spring 2021 and (b) an Amnesty International report that stated that the protestors had faced intentional police violence."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08322

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what human rights considerations it took into account when taking the decision to approve the deployment of Police Scotland officers to Colombia."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08320

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with non-governmental organisations and human rights campaigners regarding Police Scotland’s training of the National Police of Colombia."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08210

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what direct consultation was undertaken with the staff affected in relation to the decision to put in place a recruitment freeze in its health and social care directorate."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08209

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when the recruitment freeze in its health and social care directorate (a) was put in place and (b) will come to an end."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08208

Asked by: Villalba, Mercedes, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the decision to put in place a recruitment freeze in its health and social care directorate was made by the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director-General Health and Social Care."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08457

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S6W-03524 and S6W-03525 by Mairi McAllan on 26 October and 20 October 2021 respectively, what progress has been made on the wide-ranging consultation to be carried out in 2022 regarding the proposed Land Reform Bill; which stakeholders have been involved to date, and how wider…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08459

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of land that is owned by each local authority is currently lying unused (a) with and (b) without planning applications pending."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08458

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on making it possible for communities to take ownership of unproductive land for projects that contribute to climate action, in light of the recommendation by Scotland's Climate Assembly."

Awaiting answer

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