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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

Cross-party groups

Paul is a member of 24 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

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 Chronic Pain

Member

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 Health Inequalities

Co-Convener

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 Lung Health

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Muscular Dystrophy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palliative Care

Deputy 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 Stroke

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment

Member

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 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Public Health

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Care

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Paul had 1 previous role

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

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.

Here is the register for Paul O'Kane. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 10 June 2021, I will be Chair of the Transport and Mechanical Advisory Group Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE) (a not for profit unincorporated association of 300 Councils across the UK promoting excellence in public services of Scottish Office, Brandon House, 23-25 Brandon Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6DA). I work 4 hours per month and receive remuneration of between £1,001 and £2,000 per annum. I resigned from this role with effect from 10 June 2021.

Until 10 May 2021, I was a Policy and Participation Manager at ENABLE Scotland (a Learning Disability Charity and Social Care Provider of Inspire House, 3 Renshaw Place, Eurocentral, North Lanarkshire, ML14UF). I worked 21 hours per week and the remuneration I received was between £30,001 and £35,000 (pro-rata) per annum.

Until 4 May 2022, I was a councillor for East Renfrewshire Council (of Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UH) and additionally, until 10 June 2021, I was Depute Leader of the Council and Convener for Education and Equalities. I worked approximately 21 hours per week and, until 10 June 2021, received remuneration of between £20,001 and £25,000 per annum. I had resigned as Depute Leader of the Council and Convener for Education and Equalities with effect from 10 June 2021 but remained as a councillor. From 10 June 2021 to 4 May 2022, I received remuneration of between £15,001 to £20,000 per annum. My councillor salary was donated to local community groups in my Ward. [Amended interest 5 October 2022]

Gifts

On 18th September 2022, I received two Group D Finals tickets for my husband and I for the Davis Cup in Glasgow from the Lawn Tennis Association (National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ). The value of these tickets was £492. [Registered 3 October 2022]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of ENABLE Scotland.

I am a member of the Scottish Co-operative Party.

I am the Chair of Trustees of Neilston War Memorial Association.

I am a member of LGBT Labour Scotland.

I am a member of Community Union.

I am a patron of LGBT Labour.

I am a member of GMB Union.

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.

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee meeting date: 5 December 2022

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Good afternoon. We have had useful opening comments on the general principles of the bill, but I want to ask about what is actually in the bill. It provides for the transfer of accountability from local authorities to the Scottish ministers…

Chamber meeting date: 1 December 2022

World AIDS Day 2022

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I am pleased and proud to have the opportunity to open the debate on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party as we mark world AIDS day 2022…

Chamber meeting date: 30 November 2022

National Care Service

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Trade unions, local government, professional associations, care providers in all sectors, carers and front-line workers are calling for a pause to legislation, but they are also concerned that the legislation will not meet the aspirations of the Feeley review into social care. Therefore, can the minister explain why he has failed to introduce the…

Chamber meeting date: 30 November 2022

National Care Service

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "Trade unions, local government, professional associations, care providers in all sectors, carers and front-line workers are calling for a pause to legislation, but they are also concerned that the legislation will not meet the aspirations of the Feeley review into social care. Therefore, can the minister explain why he has failed to introduce the…

Chamber meeting date: 30 November 2022

Violence Against Women and Girls (Men’s Role in Eradication)

Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab): "I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this vitally important debate as we mark the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence…

Votes

How Paul O'Kane has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul O'Kane has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07093.1

COP27 Outcomes

Submitted by: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, December 5, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Result 56 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07093.2

COP27 Outcomes

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 5, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Result 31 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07093

COP27 Outcomes

Submitted by: Màiri McAllan, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 5, 2022

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Lorna Slater
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Result 92 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07002.1

Recognising the Vital Role Men Must Play in Challenging and Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls

Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Result 50 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07002.2

Recognising the Vital Role Men Must Play in Challenging and Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls

Submitted by: Pam Gosal, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Supported by: Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Result 48 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

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-12507

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to make additional resources available to support the NHS Gluten-free Food Service."

Answered by Maree Todd on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12508

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available to people with coeliac disease to assist with the purchase of essential gluten-free food products."

Answered by Maree Todd on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12325

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether low-income families that are comprised of children in (a) kinship care and (b) foster care are eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment."

Answered by Ben Macpherson on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12323

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what work it is undertaking to ensure that there is a sufficient number of teachers at Dargavel Primary School, in Bishopton."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12321

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what funding support it plans to make available to Renfrewshire Council to ensure that Dargavel Primary School, in Bishopton, can accommodate the reported larger than estimated school roll."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12398

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will be represented by any (a) Scottish Ministers, (b) elected politicians and (c) officials at the World Cup in Qatar."

Answered by Maree Todd on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12324

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the Leader of Renfrewshire Council to address the reported issues surrounding the school roll at Dargavel Primary School, in Bishopton."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 1 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12322

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how Education Scotland plans to review Dargavel Primary School, in Bishopton, to monitor any impact of the reported miscalculation in the school roll on pupils’ learning experiences and attainment levels."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 1 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12483

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it works with people with lived experience to co-design its current policy regarding Changing Places toilets."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-12481

Asked by: O'Kane, Paul, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much funding has been allocated for the construction of new Changing Places toilets in the current parliamentary session."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 November 2022

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