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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Sarah Boyack

Scottish Labour

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2019 - present day

Former MSP for Lothian (Region) 2011 - 2016

Former MSP for Edinburgh Central (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About Sarah Boyack

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6994
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Sarah is a member of 17 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

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

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Palestine

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Transport

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Sarah has 1 parliamentary and government role

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Party Roles

Sarah has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on the Constitution

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Sarah has had 15 previous roles

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

25 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

11 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

05 February 2020 - 25 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

10 September 2019 - 11 September 2019

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Member

03 September 2013 - 08 January 2015

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 20 September 2007

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

10 June 2003 - 15 January 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Convener

10 June 2003 - 15 January 2007

Conveners Group

Member

04 June 2003 - 10 June 2003

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

31 October 2002 - 31 March 2003

Audit Committee

Member

26 September 2002 - 31 March 2003

Social Justice Committee

Substitute Member

06 March 2003 - 31 March 2003

European and External Relations Committee

Member

29 November 2001 - 05 March 2003

European Committee

Member

07 March 2002 - 27 June 2002

Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Sarah'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 Sarah Boyack 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.

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 22 September 2022

Scotland’s Census

Sarah Boyack: "Cabinet secretary, you refer to changes in society’s attitude, which you also referenced in your ministerial statement. How much work have you done on that issue…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 22 September 2022

Pre-budget Scrutiny

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "It has been good to hear your powerful evidence today in addition to the submissions that we have had from lots of organisations…

Chamber meeting date: 21 September 2022

Short-term Lets Legislation

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I refer members to my entry in the register of interests. While we have waited for the Scottish National Party Government to act on short-term lets, thousands of homes have been lost in Edinburgh…

Chamber meeting date: 20 September 2022

Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "In his tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Emmanuel Macron said: “To you, she was ‘our Queen’. To us, she was ‘the Queen’…

Chamber meeting date: 8 September 2022

E coli

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I am concerned about the E coli outbreaks that are being experienced in nurseries in Musselburgh, and my colleague Martin Whitfield has raised concerns about the outbreaks in Haddington…

Votes

How Sarah Boyack has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sarah Boyack 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 Sarah Boyack 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-11200

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of recent (a) meetings, (b) telephone calls and (c) other communications it has had with COSLA to discuss funding support for Ukrainian refugees."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11199

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of recent (a) meetings, (b) telephone calls and (c) other communications it has had with COSLA to discuss housing need and availability for Ukrainian refugees."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11153

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what evaluation is carried out following the allocation of international development spending."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11150

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what work it is doing to recruit and retain workers from the rest of the UK, and what targets are in place for any such work, broken down by each industry."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11157

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its scheme to provide free bicycles to children who cannot afford them."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11154

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will publish its refreshed Culture Strategy Action Plan."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11155

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to ensure that the UCI Cycling World Championships 2023 benefit local communities in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11156

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to ensure that the UCI Cycling World Championships 2023 lead to increased cycling in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11152

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its current decision-making criteria are for international development spending."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11149

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what the planned annual budget and FTE staffing expectation is for the Talent Attraction and Migration Service."

Awaiting answer

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