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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

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Committees

Richard is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Richard is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Richard does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Richard does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Richard has had 6 previous roles

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

04 October 2018 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Labour

02 September 2019 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Jobs and Fair Work

Scottish Labour

18 November 2017 - 14 January 2021

Party Leader

Scottish Labour

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Social Security Committee

Substitute Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Economy

Scottish Labour

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 07 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests.

Gifts

On Sunday 24 September 2017 and Monday 25 September 2017, I attended the Labour Party conference in Brighton. The costs of two nights hotel accommodation, including breakfast, was a total of £324 and was met by the GMB trade union (of 22 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD). In addition, the GMB trade union met the hotel accommodation costs of my assistant, which also came to a total of £324. [Registered 13 October 2017]

On 23 November 2017 I received a donation of £1,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from ASLEF a trade union (of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 23 November 2017. [Registered 4 December 2017]

On 17 November 2017 I received a non-cash donation of office space and facilities in Edinburgh with a monetary value of £2,130 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Thompsons Solicitors, a solicitors firm (of 285 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HQ). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 17 November 2017. [Registered 4 December 2017]

On 11 November 2017 I received a donation of £350 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Maria Fyfe [Registered 29 November 2017]

On 14 November 2017 I received a donation of £5,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from USDAW a trade union (of 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6LJ). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 14 November 2017. I amended this entry on 15 January 2018 to update the value of the donation, after it had come to my attention that the original value recorded (£2,000) was not correct. [Registered 4 December 2017, Amended 15 January 2018]

On 7 November 2017 I received a donation of £30,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Unite the Union, a trade union (of John Smith House, 145/165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 7 November 2017. [Registered 4 December 2017]

On 14 November 2017 I received a donation of £5,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from CWU, a trade union (of 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RX). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 14 November 2017. [Registered 4 December 2017]

On 11 October 2017 I received a donation of £5,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from UNISON Scotland, a trade union (of 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 11 October 2017. [Registered 15 November 2017]

On 23 November 2017 I received a donation of £4,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from UNISON Scotland a trade union (of 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 23 November 2017. [Registered 4 December 2017]

On 12 November 2017 I received a donation of £450 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Karl Morton [Registered 24 November 2017]

On 12 November 2017 I received a donation of £650 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Mike Martin [Registered 24 November 2017]

On 18 October 2017 I received a donation of £1,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from ASLEF, a trade union (of 77 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4NN). [Registered 15 November 2017]

On 13 October 2017 I received a donation of £12,000 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from GMB Scotland, a trade union (of Fountain House, 1/3 Woodside Crescent, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7UJ). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 13 October 2017. [Registered 15 November 2017]

On 12 November 2017 I received a donation of £200 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Karl Morton. [Registered 4 December 2017]

On 17 November 2017 I received a non-cash donation of the use of phone bank facilities with a monetary value of £833 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from GMB Scotland, a trade union (of Fountain House, 1/3 Woodside Crescent, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7UJ). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 17 November 2017. [Registered 17 December 2017]

On 12 October 2017 I received a donation of £500 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Willie Paton. [Registered 15 November 2017]

On 17 November 2017 I received a non-cash donation of the use of phone bank facilities with a monetary value of £417 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Unite Scotland, a trade union (of John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RZ). After I established that the donation was from a permissible donor, I accepted the donation on 17 November 2017. [Registered 17 December 2017]

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 Unite the Union.

I am a member of the William Morris Society.

I am a member of the GMB Union.

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

I am a vice chairperson of the Scottish Labour History Society.

I am a member of the Keir Hardie Society. [Amended interest 18 August 2018]

I am a member of the Co-operative Party.

On 5 June 2018 I received a framed picture of the Kelpies as a gift from the Scottish Pensioners Forum, valued at £40. [Registered 20 July 2018]

On 7 November 2018 I attended a lunch hosted by Lockton Companies LLP and was gifted a bottle of Bollinger Champagne 2007. The value of this champagne is estimated at £80. I will be donating it to a good cause. [Registered 4 December 2018]

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

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: 9 March 2021

Climate Change Plan

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "As the committee reports make clear, and as witness after witness has attested to this Parliament, the Scottish Government’s climate change plan lacks clarity, lacks transparency, lacks detail, lacks evidence and lacks a plan B…

Chamber meeting date: 16 February 2021

Adult Social Care (Independent Review)

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I will begin by setting out where members find common ground on this subject. In his foreword to the review’s report, Derek Feeley said: “If we want a different set of results, we need a different system.” I agree with him…

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2021

Covid-19 (Testing)

2. Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the First Minister for advance sight of her statement. No one welcomes such restrictions, but compliance with them is necessary…

Chamber meeting date: 4 January 2021

Covid-19

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I offer the Scottish Labour Party’s condolences to the family of Kay Ullrich, who was widely respected across the spectrum of Scottish politics. The issue today is not just whether schools and school buildings are open…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I will be clear at the outset: the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill is a bad deal for Scotland, and I think that not even many of the people who voted leave on 23 June 2016 voted for this…

Votes

How Richard Leonard has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Leonard has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

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. S5W-33844

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether all staff who work within community pharmacies will be prioritised for a COVID-19 vaccination."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 4 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33845

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether community pharmacists will be included in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 4 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33846

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether pharmacy support workers such as delivery drivers will be prioritised for a COVID-19 vaccination."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 2 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34003

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether home care workers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as care home workers."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 23 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-33729

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many additional (a) NHS staff, (b) social care staff and (c) non-medical personnel it estimates will be required in order to successfully mass vaccinate the population against COVID-19."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 29 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34223

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has been involved in, following its announcement on 10 December 2020, regarding how to allocate the £10 million of grant funding for Scottish football clubs outwith the Premiership."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 14 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34004

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether a carer who receives payment for caring for a relative will receive the £500 "thank you" bonus."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 14 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34224

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will outline the parameters that were set for Scottish football’s governing bodies in relation to the use of the £30 million funding package announced on 10 December 2020."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 14 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-33734

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what recruitment plans it has in place to increase the number of people able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 14 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34006

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of the impact of COVID-19 on people with autism."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 12 January 2021

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