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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

Sarah is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Sarah is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Sarah does not have any parliamentary or government roles

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.

Here is the register for Sarah Boyack. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I worked as Head of Public Affairs for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Sutherland House, 149 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5NW, part time for the first three weeks from February 2017, then full time from March 2017. I left the post on 12 July 2019 and was returned to Parliament on 15 July 2019. On 26 July 2019, I received a final salary payment of between £1,001 and £2,000 representing the outstanding salary owed to me.

Gifts

No registrable interests

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 Vice President of the European Movement in Scotland.

I am a member of The Cooperative Party.

I am a member of Spokes - The Lothian Cycle Campaign.

I worked as a temporary and part time lecturer at Heriot Watt University teaching Planning and Environmental Studies from September 2016 until March 2017.

I am a member of the Edinburgh Solar COOP.

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

I am a member of both Unison and Community Trade Unions.

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.

Chamber meeting date: 10 June 2021

Dental Appointments (Children and Young People)

7. Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to address the reported backlog of national health service dental appointments for children and young people. (S6F-00091)"

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Climate Emergency

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "I agree with other members that it has been an excellent debate. Our challenge is what comes next in this session of Parliament, because this is the one that really matters…

Chamber meeting date: 8 June 2021

Covid-19

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Given that Edinburgh’s incidence of Covid in terms of numbers per 100,000 has, over the past seven days, overtaken Glasgow’s, when will walk-in clinics be available for people who are over 18 to access vaccines urgently…

Chamber meeting date: 8 June 2021

Covid-19

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Given that Edinburgh’s incidence of Covid in terms of numbers per 100,000 has, over the past seven days, overtaken Glasgow’s, when will walk-in clinics be available for people who are over 18 to access vaccines urgently…

Chamber meeting date: 3 June 2021

Education

Sarah Boyack (Lothian) (Lab): "Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?"

Votes

How Sarah Boyack has voted in Parliament

Find out how Sarah Boyack has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-00294.2

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 57 for, 58 against, 6 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00294.4

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Maggie Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 93 for, 2 against, 26 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-00294.3

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 53 for, 60 against, 7 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00294.1

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 28 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00278.2

Addressing the Climate Emergency

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Result 113 for, 7 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

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-00493

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the speed for offering invites for initial and second COVID-19 vaccinations in the NHS Lothian area is reportedly slower than in other NHS board areas."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00376

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the scale of delays in waiting times for NHS dental check-ups."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00373

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it recognises dental care as part of preventative healthcare, and, if so, how it will ensure that cost is not a barrier to receiving adequate healthcare."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00375

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out on the impact on public health, and children's health in particular, of the reduction in the number of dental checks carried out."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00374

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that people in every community can access NHS dentistry."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35294

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of clinically extremely vulnerable people have received a COVID-19 vaccination."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35634

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the establishment of a new centre of excellence for eye treatment in Edinburgh."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35630

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the funding for the relocation of the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion to the BioQuarter site In Edinburgh, which it had initially approved, was cancelled; whether it will publish the timeline of the process that it used to reach this decision; what advice it has received from (a) clinicians and (b)…

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35631

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what investment will be required to disperse the ophthalmology services provided by the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh to Livingston."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35632

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what costs and savings might arise from the cancellation of the relocation of Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion to the BioQuarter site in Edinburgh."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

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