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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Russell Findlay

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for West Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Russell Findlay

Contact details

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Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6975
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Russell is a member of 1 committee

Criminal Justice Committee

Deputy Convener

Cross-party groups

Russell is a member of 2 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Ukraine

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Russell does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Russell has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Russell has had 3 previous roles

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

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Community Safety

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

22 September 2021 - 08 September 2022

Health Social Care and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Criminal Justice Committee

Member

Register of interests

Russell'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 Russell Findlay 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

Bail Orders (Independent Review)

Russell Findlay (West Scotland) (Con): "The parents of Claire Inglis have spent more than two years desperately trying to get answers. Ian and Fiona still do not know why Claire’s killer was subject to five separate bail orders…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Russell Findlay (West Scotland) (Con): "In my old life, members of the public would turn up at the front desk of my newspaper office and ask to speak to a journalist…

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Covid-19 (Scottish Government Decisions)

4. Russell Findlay (West Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the United Kingdom Covid-19 inquiry, what its response is to reports that Scottish Government decisions appeared to have been taken for “purely political” reasons, including comments made by the former First Minister’s chief of staff regarding seeking a “good old-fashioned rammy” with the UK Government.…

Criminal Justice Committee meeting date: 7 February 2024

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Russell Findlay (West Scotland) (Con): "“Brief questions” is my middle name, convener. Good morning, cabinet secretary. The not proven verdict is likely to be on its way out, but part 4 also deals with jury sizes, as we have heard…

Chamber meeting date: 6 February 2024

Scottish Prison Service (Overcrowding)

1. Russell Findlay (West Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to comments made by the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service that prisoners may need to be released early due to overcrowding. (S6T-01780)"

Votes

How Russell Findlay has voted in Parliament

Find out how Russell Findlay 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 voted against

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 against

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 against

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 Russell Findlay has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-25210

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when (a) officials and (b) ministers first became aware of any concerns regarding the Post Office’s Horizon IT system."

Answered by Angela Constance on 21 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25219

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions, (c) convictions and (d) any other disposals there have been under the Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Act 2021 in each year since it came into force."

Answered by Dorothy Bain on 20 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25214

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to provide additional funding to (a) Police Scotland and (b) local authorities for the enforcement of any legislation relating to XL Bully-type dogs."

Answered by Siobhian Brown on 20 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25213

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what work it has been doing to prevent XL Bully-type dogs coming into Scotland from England and Wales since the Dangerous Dogs (Designated Types) (England and Wales) Order 2023 came into force on 31 December 2023."

Answered by Siobhian Brown on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25212

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what work it has done to establish how many XL Bully-type dogs have arrived in Scotland from England and Wales since the Dangerous Dogs (Designated Types) (England and Wales) Order 2023 came into force on 31 December 2023."

Answered by Siobhian Brown on 14 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25211

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is planning to take regarding reviewing the Crown Office’s prosecution of sub-postmasters in Scotland in relation to issues with the Post Office’s Horizon IT system."

Answer expected on 5 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25215

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of the process that will be used to deal with the reported complaint that has been made against the Chief Constable of Police Scotland by a civilian colleague, the Deputy Chief Officer."

Answer expected on 4 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25218

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether any funding for policing set out in the Scottish Budget 2024-25 will be directed towards tackling retail crime, including shoplifting and abuse and violence towards shop workers."

Answer expected on 4 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25216

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to conduct a review into the dual role of the Lord Advocate."

Answer expected on 4 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25217

Asked by: Findlay, Russell, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether retail crime, including shoplifting, should form part of the Scottish Police Authority’s Strategic Police Priorities."

Answer expected on 4 March 2024

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