Member's Name: Neil Findlay
Date on which initial statement lodged: 19 May 2011
All MSPs are required to provide details of their interests under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12). The Register of Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament lists details of interests registered under categories such as remuneration, heritable property and gifts. More information about the exact nature of information required under each category of interest can be found at Volume 2: sections 1 and 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament.
Information on the exact nature of the requirement under each category can be found in the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12).
Election expenses are not detailed on the Register of Interests as candidate spending returns are collated by the Electoral Commission. Details of spending and donations for all candidates at the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary election are available on the Electoral Commission’s website. Donations made to MSPs, other than in relation to Scottish Parliamentary elections, may also require to be registered with the Electoral Commission. Details of such donations are published regularly by the Electoral Commission.
Remuneration and related undertaking:
In 2010/11 I was a local authority councillor, I received £16,233.96 as my allowance and £1,320 in expenses from West Lothian Council (of Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston). Since my election to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 I advised the Chief Executive of West Lothian Council that I would no longer take any monies from the Council by way of allowances or expenses. From 3 May 2012 I no longer hold this office and therefore no longer receive any remuneration. [Registered 19 May 2012, Amended interest 9 May 2012]
From 2 to 4 December 2012
I visited Brussels to engage with EU institutions as part of a delegation of the Scottish Parliament’s EU Reporters. The cost of the visit, £714.80, was met by the European Commission (of the Berlaymont Building, 200 Rue de la Loi, 1049 Brussels, Belgium). [Registered 13 December 2012]
From 9 to 17 April 2013 as a guest of the Consejo Nacional Electoral (of Centro Simón Bolívar, Edificio Sede del Consejo Nacional Electoral, Frente a la Plaza Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela), I was an election observer at the Venezuelan presidential election for the period of a week up to and beyond the elections. The cost of flights and accommodation, US $7,697.61, was met by the Consejo Nacional Electoral. [Registered 2 May 2013]
Interest In Shares:
I am director of Fauldhouse community development trust. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position. Until 1 June 2011 I was also company secretary, which was a voluntary and unremunerated position. [Registered 19 May 2012, Amended interest 24 May 2012]
I am a member of Educational Institute for Scotland.
I am a member of Greenburn golf club, Fauldhouse.
I am a member of Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union.
I am a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
I am a member of Unite the Union [Registered 9 May 2012]
On 29 June 2012 I played in the annual press v parliamentarians golf match at St Andrews and had dinner afterwards. The event was sponsored by Diageo. I estimate that the value of this is under the £570 threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 28 August 2012]
On 23 August 2012 I played a round of golf at Gleneagles, had lunch afterwards and then was given a ticket to access the Johnnie Walker championship, all as a guest of Visit Scotland. I estimate that the value of this is under the £570 threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 28 August 2012]
I received a donation of £300 from Unite the Union for sponsorship of a school Christmas card competition. [Registered 10 January 2013]
On 22 January 2014 I spoke at a dinner hosted by the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and sponsored by Novartis. The estimated cost of the meal would be around £50. [Registered 29 January 2014]
In November 2013 I received £300 from Thompsons solicitors for the sponsorship of my annual Christmas card. [Registered 30 January 2014]
On 26 September 2014 I received a ticket to attend the first day’s play of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. This ticket was for access to the course only and did not exceed the £570 threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 29 September 2014]
On 25 and 26 of June I attended the annual charity golf match between MSPs and journalists. Travel to Inverness was provided by Virgin trains, Golf and a meal by Royal Dornoch golf club and refreshments by RBS. Accommodation costs were met by myself. As with all other years a personal donation was given to a local charity. The total cost did not exceed the £570 threshold for registration in the gifts category. [Registered 29 June 2015]