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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

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 Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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

I am a member of the Co-operative Party.

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 the Scottish Labour History Society.

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 the GMB Union.

I am a member of Unite the Union.

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

I am a member of the William Morris Society.

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: 25 May 2022

Social Security Scotland (Staffing)

3. Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what the implications are for Social Security Scotland of the redeployment of staff to the agency from the Department for Work and Pensions. (S6O-01128)"

Chamber meeting date: 25 May 2022

Social Security Scotland (Staffing)

3. Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what the implications are for Social Security Scotland of the redeployment of staff to the agency from the Department for Work and Pensions. (S6O-01128)"

Chamber meeting date: 25 May 2022

Community Wealth Building

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "There is a climate emergency. People are working for the economy, but the economy is not working for the people. We have massive inequalities in income, wealth and power, which are growing ever wider…

Chamber meeting date: 24 May 2022

R B Cunninghame Graham

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I thank Clare Adamson for securing this debate to coincide with the 170th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham…

Public Audit Committee meeting date: 19 May 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Richard Leonard): "Good morning. I welcome everyone to the 15th meeting in 2022 of the Public Audit Committee. The first agenda item is a decision on whether to take items 2 and 4 in private. Do we agree to do that? Members indicated agreement."

Votes

How Richard Leonard has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Leonard has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-04621

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 65 for, 48 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04621.1

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 28 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04621.2

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Supported by: Mark Griffin, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 49 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04580.3

Community Wealth Building – Delivering Transformation in Scotland’s Local and Regional Economies

Submitted by: Douglas Lumsden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Result 31 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04567.1

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 21 for, 97 against, 3 abstained, 8 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. S6W-08670

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will guarantee that any application for Green Freeports in Scotland, which does not include an explicit commitment to supporting the implementation of Fair Work First, will not be successful."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08669

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the in the application for Green Freeports in Scotland, what the maximum percentage score is that is awarded for the applicants’ commitment to fair work practices."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08668

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what the overall percentage weighted score is for bids for Green Freeports in Scotland that have, or will only have, contracts with companies that have recognition agreements with trade unions."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08671

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take in to ensure that workers in Green Freeports in Scotland will have access to trade unions with collective bargaining rights."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08603

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents of antisocial behaviour were recorded on the Scottish rail network in every month in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08605

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07655 by Jenny Gilruth on 27 April 2022, whether any changes were made to the draft Temporary Measures Agreement, shared with Serco on 25 February 2022, before it was agreed, and, if so, what these changes were."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08600

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason ScotRail tickets that are sold as part of its half-price sale are not available from ticket offices."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08601

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much was spent on consultants for services relating to the ScotRail franchise in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08602

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the restoration of Troon station following a fire in 2021, how much (a) has been spent on work already undertaken and (b) it anticipates the full restoration will cost in total."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08604

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07657 by Jenny Gilruth on 28 April 2022, how the Temporary Measures Agreement performance fee for Serco Caledonian Sleeper will be calculated."

Awaiting answer

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