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Edinburgh Airport's Offshore Ownership

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

On the 26th September 2017, Alison Johnstone MSP and myself write to Edinburgh Airport Ltd. to ask for information on its complex offshore ownership structure. The company has yet to respond but I understand it will be doing so shortly.

Letter to Edinburgh Airport Ltd. (pdf)

#HomesFirst Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

On Wednesday (8th of November) Andy led a Member's Business debate on our #HomesFirst campaign.

The campaign aims to highlight potential problems associated with short term lets both within Edinburgh and across the country. 

The #HomesFirst campaign website link is below and gives further information on the campaign as well as the ability to submit experiences of short term lets.

The Future of Scotland's Centres of Excellence

Andy Wightman MSP Tue 7 Nov, 2017

I am delighted that the Council's proposals to close the City of Edinburgh Music School have been thrown out at this morning's meeting of the Finance and Resources Committee. Congratulatiosn to everyone involved in the campaign to save one of Scotland's outstanding Centres of Excellence.

However, the fact that the Council saw fit to bring this proposal in the first place suggests to me that the Scottish Government should do more to make very clear the basis upon which funding is provided to Councils to support the Centres of Excellence network.

Closure of the Edinburgh City Music School

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Proposals have emerged this week to close the national centre of excellence in music at the City of Edinburgh Music School (CEMS). CEMS is one of four national centres of excellence (the others are at Plockton, Dyce and Douglas Academy in Milngavie).

These National Centres of excellence cater for pupils across Scotland and indeed across Europe. They are funded by Scottish Government funding voted by the Scottish Parliament.

Housing Debate 13/9/17

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 14 Sep, 2017

“The current housing system is broken. We need a new approach to new build, to building maintenance, to accelerating energy efficiency measures, to creating more nuanced use classes for domestic property, to reform housing taxation and to homelessness.”

Yesterday Andy spoke in the Housing debate below is a link to the Official Report.

FOI Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 14 Jun, 2017

Yesterday Andy spoke in Neil Findlay's Member's Business debate on FOI. 

Andy said 'The FOI regime needs serious scrutiny. It has performed well, as have the two commissioners to date, but the performance of some public authorities leaves much to be desired. The Scottish Government, in particular, has questions to answer. The public are entitled to answers to the questions that were raised by the journalists, and I hope that ministers will provide them soon'

Edinburgh Airport Debate 27th April

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 12 May, 2017

On the 27th of April Andy spoke in the Members' debate on the current Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation.

Although speaking time in the deabte was short and MSPs were only able to deal with high level issues the concerns raised by residents from the Lothians and Fife were represented by all those who spoke.

Link to the official report:


Short Term Lets

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 7 Apr, 2017


Today I have published a Briefing detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Edinburgh. 

The Briefing reveals that there are more than 6200 properties available in Edinburgh for short term letting and that more than half of these are entire homes where the owner is not present.

Scotland's Choice Debate

gma16133 Thu 30 Mar, 2017

"We can puts as much power in the hands of the Scottish people to decide for themselves what path they choose."

On Tuesday the 28th of March Andy spoke in the Chamber during the Scotland's choice debate on behalf of the Green MSPs. Below is a link to the official report.

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Local Government Finance Order

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Mar, 2017

Yesterday Andy spoke in the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2017 [draft] debate. 

He said, 'Not only is it important to have more transparent reporting... we need a completely new approach to local government finance' 

The link to the Official Report is below.