Richard Simpson MSP

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Richard Simpson MSP

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  • Member for: Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Richard is a member of the following Cross-Party Groups:

Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab) As the unions are paying the fees—which we all agree should not be imposed anyway—for their members, does the cabinet secretary agree that there is a strong need to encourage every worker in Scotland to join an appropriate trade union, to get the defence that they deserve?



Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the 120 women who become unemployed each day into employment. (S4O-03425)



Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Dr Simpson The cabinet secretary’s response to the previous question, when she said that it would all come right with independence, now looks like a more distant prospect. We need to prepare for the supposition that we will remain part of the United Kingdom.

Does the cabinet secretary share my conce...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab) I will concentrate mainly on health issues. Malawi has an average life expectancy of 38 years, which reflects some of the world’s highest rates for infant and maternal mortality, malnutrition and infectious diseases. Only 51 per cent of the 14.9 million population has access to good sanitation, 47 p...

Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab) If I may, I will very gently point out to the cabinet secretary a small correction: north-east England has more GPs per head than Scotland, as he will see from the four countries report.

The whistleblowers telephone line was eventually introduced by the Scottish Government two years after...

Health and Sport Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab) I hope that our witnesses are aware of the questions that I asked in last week’s meeting of the Public Petitions Committee, which were designed to give notice of the areas in which I have a particular interest. I should begin by declaring my membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners a...

Health and Sport Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dr Simpson Thank you for that. I hope that that information will be fed out in more detail, perhaps even in a map or in a list of the practices that would fall within the scope of the regulations, so that every doctor will not have to look it up but will be aware of it. That would be helpful in reducing the si...

Health and Sport Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dr Simpson At the moment, the proposal is that the designation will last for three years, except in exceptional circumstances such as the building of a new housing estate or some other substantial development that might alter the character of the locality. We should remind ourselves that GPs are running busine...

Health and Sport Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dr Simpson Thank you. That is a helpful explanation, but it does not give comfort to the ones on the boundary and their business planning. I still think that that is wrong.

As you know, convener, I did not move to annul the regulations because it is important to get this done quickly. This is a usef...

Health and Sport Committee 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dr Simpson Thank you.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-10843.1.2 Ruth Davidson: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-10843.1 in the name
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S4M-10843.1.1 Willie Rennie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-10843.1 in the name
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S4M-10843.1 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-10843 in the name of Alex
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S4M-10843 Alex Salmond: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament agrees that Scotland is one of the wea
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S4M-10829.3 Jenny Marra: Increasing Opportunities for Women—As an amendment to motion S4M-10829 in t
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S4M-10829.2 Mary Scanlon: Increasing Opportunities for Women—As an amendment to motion S4M-10829 in
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S4M-10829.1 Alison McInnes: Increasing Opportunities for Women—As an amendment to motion S4M-10829 i
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S4M-10829 Angela Constance: Increasing Opportunities for Women—That the Parliament welcomes the grow
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S4M-10777.4 Jackie Baillie: Welfare—As an amendment to motion S4M-10777 in the name of Nicola Sturge
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S4M-10777.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare—As an amendment to motion S4M-01777 in the name of Nicola Sturge
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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-10844: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10359: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10233: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10056: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10054: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10046: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10045: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09960: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09959: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09958: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03425: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00744: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21624: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21623: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21620: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21621: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21622: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03331: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21441: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21405: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/05/2014 Show Full Question >>