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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Paul O'Kane

Scottish Labour

MSP for West Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Paul O'Kane

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5942
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Phone: 0141 887 5111
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Paul is a member of 2 committees

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Member

Cross-party groups

Paul is a member of 17 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Care Leavers

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Carers

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Changing Places Toilets

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Deafness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Diabetes

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dyslexia

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Learning Disability

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on LGBTI+

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Long Covid

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poverty

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Work

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Ukraine

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Volunteering

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Paul does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Paul has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Equalities

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Social Justice

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Paul has had 5 previous roles

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

22 September 2021 - 25 April 2023

Equalities Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Substitute Member

22 June 2021 - 25 April 2023

Health Social Care and Sport Committee

Deputy Convener

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Public Health

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Care

Scottish Labour

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Health Social Care and Sport Committee

Member

Register of interests

Paul'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 Paul O'Kane 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

Benefits Uptake

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "The record of the most recent Labour Government in lifting millions of children and pensioners out of poverty by expanding social security payments and encouraging uptake of those payments speaks for itself…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I am pleased to open for Scottish Labour in the debate. We recognise the importance of the bill, the debate and the issues contained therein…

Chamber meeting date: 20 February 2024

Social Security

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Will the cabinet secretary accept an intervention?"

Chamber meeting date: 7 February 2024

Social Security (Investment)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "This is at least the third debate that we have had on social security in the past 12 months. As always, I will begin with a note of consensus…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award (Funding)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Mark Scott was murdered in 1995 as he walked through Bridgeton on his way back from a Celtic game. The murder was a brutal, unprovoked sectarian attack…

Votes

How Paul O'Kane has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul O'Kane 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 against

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 abstained

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 against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Paul O'Kane has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-25188

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, since the introduction of annual health checks for adults with a learning disability in May 2022, what percentage of eligible adults have received such a health check."

Answered by Maree Todd on 12 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25187

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, since the introduction of annual health checks for adults with a learning disability in May 2022, how many adults had received such a health check by 31 March 2023."

Answered by Maree Todd on 12 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25185

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, since the introduction of annual health checks for adults with a learning disability in May 2022, how many adults have been offered such a health check."

Answered by Maree Todd on 12 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25186

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, since the introduction of annual health checks for adults with a learning disability in May 2022, how many adults have received such a health check."

Answered by Maree Todd on 12 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24874

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of (a) the current supply of accessible and adapted housing and (b) whether current capacity meets demand."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 8 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24871

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to a supplementary to question S6O-03013 by Emma Roddick on 25 January 2024, whether it will detail the ways in which it is “increasing the supply of accessible and adapted housing”."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 8 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24875

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many properties have either been built or had modifications made to them, to increase the supply of accessible and adapted housing, in the last year."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 8 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24873

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of decisions taken in the Budget for 2024-25 on aims to increase the supply of accessible and adapted housing."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 8 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24872

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what funding it has made available to increase the supply of accessible and adapted housing."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 8 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24679

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide a list of voluntary sector organisations in receipt of Scottish Government funding that have received a reduction in their award, including the amount of any such reductions, in each of the last three financial years."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 6 February 2024

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