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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Richard Leonard

Scottish Labour

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Richard Leonard

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6465
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Richard is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Richard is a member of 5 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Industrial Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Maritime and Shipbuilding

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Older People, Age and Ageing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on WASPI

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Richard has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Conveners Group

Member

Scottish Commission For Public Audit

Member

Party Roles

Richard does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Richard has had 3 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Public Audit Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Social Security Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 23 November 2017

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Member

Register of interests

Richard'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 Richard Leonard. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

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 member of the Scottish Labour History Society.

I am a member of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

I am the Convener of the RMT Scottish Parliamentary Group. [Registered 22 June 2021]

I am a member of the Keir Hardie Society.

On Sunday 1 May 2022 I attended the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) annual awards ceremony as a guest of the PFA. The value of the hospitality was £50. [Registered 16 July 2022]

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

I am a member of the Co-operative Party.

I am Convenor of the PFA Scotland Parliamentary Interest Group. [Registered 11 November 2021]

I am a member of the William Morris Society.

I am a member of the GMB Union.

Expenses incurred in the constituency campaign for the Scottish Parliament Election of 6 May 2021 were met by Airdrie and Shotts Constituency Labour Party (A&S CLP). To assist in this campaign A&S CLP received, from permissible sources, the following donations: £2,000 from Unite the Union, a trade union (of John Smith House, 145/165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ). £1,000 from CWU, a trade union (of 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RX). £250 from ASLEF, a trade union (of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN). £450 from UNISON Scotland a trade union (of 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX). £100 from TSSA, a trade union (of 2nd floor, 17 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4SQ). £500 from the RMT, a trade union (of Unity House. 39 Chalton Street. London NW1 1JD).

I am a member of Unite the Union.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Richard Leonard 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: 27 September 2022

Scotland’s Population

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Just last month, the Scottish Fiscal Commission reported on trends in the population of Scotland and what that meant for income tax and for our economy…

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 22 September 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Richard Leonard): "Good morning. I welcome everybody to the 22nd meeting in 2022 of the Public Audit Committee. The first item on our agenda is to decide whether to take agenda items 3 and 4 in private. Do members agree to do so? Members indicated agreement."

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 22 September 2022

“Scotland’s colleges 2022”

The Convener: "The principal item on our agenda this morning is consideration of the Auditor General for Scotland’s briefing on “Scotland’s colleges 2022”…

Chamber meeting date: 21 September 2022

Economic Transformation

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Let me begin with a few facts. We export 50 per cent more to the rest of the UK than we do to the whole of the rest of the world put together—fact…

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 8 September 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Richard Leonard): "Good morning. I welcome everyone to the 21st meeting in 2022 of the Public Audit Committee. The first item on our agenda is a decision on taking business in private. Do members agree to take agenda item 3 in private? Members indicated agreement."

Votes

How Richard Leonard has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Leonard has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06063

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Angus Robertson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon, Neil Gray, Jenni Minto, Evelyn Tweed
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 79 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06063.3

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 31 for, 77 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06063.2

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Rhoda Grant
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 41 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Richard Leonard 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-11045

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10550 by Ivan McKee on 7 September 2022, whether it has made a specific assessment of the impact that the UK Government’s new subsidy control legislation will have on the Scottish Government’s powers to specify and deliver public contracts for ferry services in…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11047

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when its subsidy control unit was set up, and what the estimated (a) annual budget and (b) headcount is for (i) 2022-23 and (ii) 2023-24."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11044

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10550 by Ivan McKee on 7 September 2022, whether it has raised with the UK Government the reported concerns held by trade unions in Scotland regarding the impact of a new subsidy control regime on workers delivering public transport contracts held by the Scottish Government."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11046

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10550 by Ivan McKee on 7 September 2022, when it last met its counterparts in the UK Government to discuss the impact of the new subsidy control regime on (a) workers and (b) public services in Scotland, and whether it will provide a list of the Scottish Government officials who…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11048

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions regarding public ferry contracts it has had with private operators in Scotland since 1 October 2016, and when the last such meeting took place."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11042

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, with reference to the further stakeholder engagement referred to on page 6 of the Ferry Services Procurement Policy, Review Interim Report - Emerging Findings, published on 20 December 2017, how many (a) passengers, (b) businesses and (c) local communities on the Clyde and Hebrides ferry network were consulted by…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11041

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will ensure that ScotRail's commitment to increase the number of apprenticeships tenfold from the 22 positions in March 2021 by 2025 will be honoured."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11043

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it made of the time required to complete the public consultation phase of the (a) draft National Islands Plan, (b) recommendations from Project Neptune and (c) procurement of the next Clyde and Hebrides ferry services contract."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11049

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether Ernst and Young consulted Transport Scotland on the (a) international and (b) domestic benchmarks used in Project Neptune’s Strategic Framework of Options for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CFHS) network."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10045

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many full-time equivalent care co-ordinator roles have been created to date in each territorial NHS board area; whether these are new and additional posts, and how many have been filled."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 25 August 2022

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