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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 4 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Industrial Communities

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 GMB Union.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

On 15 February 2024 I accepted two tickets by invitation from Scottish Opera for a performance of Marx In London! at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. The value of the tickets and associated hospitality was £203. [Registered 23 February 2024]

I am a member of the Keir Hardie Society.

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

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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

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 the William Morris Society.

On Saturday 26 November 2022 I attended and spoke at a conference on Community Wealth Building in Preston. This event was sponsored by the Communication Workers Union (a trade union) which provided bed and breakfast accommodation in the Holiday Inn Preston on Friday 25 November 2022. The value of the hospitality was £120. [Registered 16 January 2023, Amended interest 20 January 2023]

I am a member of the Scottish Labour History Society.

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

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).

On 14th of May 2023 I attended the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Scotland Annual Dinner as a guest of the PFA. The value of the dinner was £50. [Registered 27 July 2023]

I am a member of the Co-operative Party.

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: 29 February 2024

Rail Infrastructure Spending

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I remind members of my voluntary entry in the register of interests…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Palestine and Israel

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Ivan McKee for leading the debate. I say to Marie McNair that we are here with power borrowed from the people. We are here with a chance to make a difference, to do the right thing and to do the right thing by humanity…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Grangemouth Oil Refinery

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I remind members of my voluntary registration of trade union interests. The cabinet secretary tells us of meetings and correspondence. Well, what the workers at Grangemouth want is not talking shops but workshops. They want action and not words…

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 22 February 2024

Deputy Convener

The Convener: "Under the second item, the committee must agree a new deputy convener…

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 22 February 2024

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener: "The third item on our agenda is a decision on taking agenda items 5, 6 and 8 in private. Do members of the committee agree to taking those items in private? Members indicated agreement."

Votes

How Richard Leonard has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Leonard has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12093

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 63 for, 51 against, 1 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12331

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Maree Todd, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Neil Gray, Jenni Minto
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 65 for, 50 against, 1 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12130

Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024

Submitted by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 12, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 65 for, 0 against, 52 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12304

Recommendations of the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 26, 2024

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Natalie Don
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 96 for, 20 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12317

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill (Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1)

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 52 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Richard Leonard has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6O-03151

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to next meet with the sole director of the GFG Alliance."

Taken in the Chamber on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25428

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many inpatient beds are planned for the replacement for University Hospital Monklands, broken down by speciality."

Answered by Neil Gray on 27 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03087

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plan to diversify land ownership in Scotland."

Taken in the Chamber on 21 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25434

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what lessons have been learned from the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to hospital size and design, and how any such findings have impacted on the consideration of the Monklands Replacement Project."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25433

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the inpatient bed capacity of the Monklands Replacement Project was, as submitted in the outline business case."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25431

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what contingencies it has put in place to ensure that NHS Lanarkshire has sufficient capital funding for the completion of the replacement for University Hospital Monklands."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25429

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that there will be no further delay to the replacement for University Hospital Monklands."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25432

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates that it will receive the full business case for the Monklands Replacement Project from NHS Lanarkshire."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-24790

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of all train delay minutes were attributed to rail infrastructure problems, in the period of April to December 2023, broken down by (i) drainage issues, (ii) track faults, including broken rails, (iii) overhead line failures and (iv) signalling failures."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 2 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03072

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to encourage a modal shift to public transport."

Taken in the Chamber on 8 February 2024

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