Register of Interests

Member's Name: Neil Findlay

Constituency: Lothian

Date on which initial statement lodged: 17 May 2016

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 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).


Remuneration and related undertaking:
I published a book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times with Luath Press Ltd, 543/2 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND. I expect to receive royalties of between £5,001 and £10,000, which will all be donated to good causes. [Registered 11 October 2017]

Gifts:
On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from Thompsons Solicitors, 285 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HQ. [Registered 11 October 2017]


On 1 September 2017, I received £500 towards the launch of my book Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times, from ASLEF, the train drivers' union of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN. [Registered 11 October 2017]


On 25 September 2017, UNITE the Union of 128 Theobald's road, Holburn, London, WC1x 8TN hosted a fringe event at the Labour party conference to promote my book, Socialism and Hope - a journey through turbulent times. The event cost between £500 and £1,000. [Registered 11 October 2017]

Overseas visits:
From 9 to 13 October 2016 I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The total cost of the flight, hotel and ancillary expenses was £6000. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 25 October 2016]


From 11 to 22 February 2020 I took part in an international deputation that visited Colombia to monitor the progress of the peace accord. This was organised by the UK based organisation Justice For Columbia (an organisation to support Colombian civil society in its struggle for human rights, labour rights, peace and social justice of 4th Floor, 75-77 St John Street, London EC1M 4NN). The costs, which were met by Justice For Columbia, were as follows; internal flights, hotel, food £782.73, logistical support and coordination £423.62 and international flight £972.65. [Registered 4 March 2020]

Controlled transactions:
No registrable interests

Heritable property:
No registrable interests

Interest in shares:
No registrable interests

Voluntary:
I am a member of Fauldhouse community development trust. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position.


I am a member of Educational Institute of Scotland.


Until February 2019 I was a member of Greenburn golf club, Fauldhouse. [Amended interest 15 May 2020, Ceased interest 15 May 2020]


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.


I am a member of Scottish CND.


My wife and daughter work for NHS Lothian.


On 14 July 2016 my wife and I attended The Open Golf Championship at Troon and had lunch. Tickets and lunch were provided by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. I do not consider that this gift meets the prejudice test. [Registered 30 August 2016]


On 29 August 2016 my wife and I attended the Edinburgh festival fireworks display and had dinner at the Balmoral Hotel courtesy of Thompsons solicitors. I consider that the value of this gift is below the threshold for registration in the Gifts category. [Registered 30 August 2016]


In January 2018 I wrote an article for the Scotsman newspaper and will be paid £100 for it which will be donated to charity. [18 January 2018]


Over the last year I have carried out a number of surveys for which I have received around £400. I have donated this money to good causes. [Registered 26 March 2018]


In March 2018 I donated money from the sales of my book ‘Socialism and hope’ to the following charities donations ranged from £1000 to £100- St John’s Hospital breast cancer endowment West Lothian Foodbank West Lothian Women’s Aid West Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Service Aid and Abet the MS Therapy Centre West Lothian 50+ Network Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Whitburn Community Development Trust West Calder Community Development Trust Stoneyburn Future Vision Group Loganlea Miners Welfare Armadale Community Shed Polbeth Community Garden [Registered 11 April 2018]


On 19th July, my wife and I attended the Hamilton Races as a guest of Scottish Racing. The value of the gift, which comprised two tickets and lunch, was £168.54. [Registered 31 July 2019]


I received two vouchers for a complimentary four ball round of golf at Greenburn Golf Club with an estimated value of £200. [Registered 14 May 2020]


From the 1st of July 2020 I am working to establish a social enterprise called SEJ Consulting. The business will seek to assist community groups, trades unions, NGOs, charities etc campaign and influence change at a national and local level. I will not work for the business or earn any income until after I leave parliament in March 2020. The business when fully registered and established is likely to be a community interest company, reinvesting surpluses after visits into community benefit initiatives, discounted rates or pro bono work. I am aware I do not need to register this as I will receive no income but in the interest of transparency want to voluntarily do so.

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