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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michael Marra

Scottish Labour

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

About Michael Marra

Contact details

Contact online

Website: michaelmarra.net

Post-d: @michaeljmarra

Facebook: Michael's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5943
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Michael is a member of 12 cross-party groups

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Children and Young People

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Families Supporting Children’s Learning

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Oil and Gas

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rugby Development in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Shared Parenting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Skills

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michael does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michael has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Michael does not have any previous roles

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

Register of interests

Michael'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 Michael Marra 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

Excellence in Scottish Education

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I have rehearsed my point with the cabinet secretary on numerous occasions, but it is a little bit out of order to describe that approach as “ambitious” when she is cutting resources for the poorest communities in Scotland, such as those in my constituency in Dundee, which is resulting in massive cuts in the kind of provision that the poorest…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

Research Excellence Framework Results 2021

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "The minister will be well aware that, in 2014, Scotland captured up to 15 per cent of UKRI funding, so that figure has dropped by 2.5 per cent in the interim as a direct consequence of the funding gaps that Mr Kerr is highlighting."

Chamber meeting date: 22 September 2022

Attainment Gap

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary has already cut vital attainment funding for the poorest communities in Scotland, but we know that another £43 million of cuts to the education portfolio are still to come…

Chamber meeting date: 22 September 2022

Skills Delivery Landscape

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "Audit Scotland’s report was very clear that this is about lack of leadership from ministers. Why does it fall to Mr Withers to provide the leadership? What are we paying the ministers for?"

Education, Children and Young People Committee meeting date: 21 September 2022

Colleges Regionalisation Inquiry

Michael Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab): "I thank everyone for today’s evidence so far, which has been pretty concerning but has provided us with a lot of clarity on some of the impacts. It has been very useful…

Votes

How Michael Marra has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michael Marra 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 Michael Marra 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-08987

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to issue benzodiazepine harm reduction guidance, following the issue of draft guidance in August 2021."

Answered by: Angela Constance on 23 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-09116

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it uses data from 2014 to estimate the number of pupils claiming free school meals in P1 to P3, and, if so, (a) for what reason and (b) what plans it has to use more up-to-date figures."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 23 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-09117

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it uses data from 2020 to apportion Pupil Equity Funding allocations, and, if so, (a) for what reason and (b) what plans it has to use more up-to-date figures."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 23 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-08808

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what role (a) ministers and (b) Crown Estate Scotland will have in finalising the scoring criteria and weighting for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leases for floating offshore wind projects."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 9 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-08809

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason no maximum bidding price has been stipulated within the awards process for floating offshore wind projects looking to progress through the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) process, in light of a maximum bidding price being stipulated in the commercial-scale ScotWind leasing round."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 9 June 2022

Question ref. S6W-07575

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism among publicly funded bodies."

Answered by: Christina McKelvie on 8 April 2022

Question ref. S6W-07021

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what use has been made by the Russian Government or Russian-owned businesses of Prestwick Airport and any other Scottish Government-owned infrastructure during the last five years."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 17 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-07026

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis has been done, or is planned, on whether any successful applicants to the ScotWind auction have Russian partnerships or financing arrangements in place."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 16 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-07022

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been made of the implications of sanctions on Russia for any Scottish businesses that trade with Russia, and what support can be given to those businesses in order to best facilitate their rapid diversification in the face of such sanctions."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 15 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-07023

Asked by: Marra, Michael, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many Ukrainian students are estimated to be studying in Scotland and what support is being offered to them, in light of current international events."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 15 March 2022

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