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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.

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-06102

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 50 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06073

Addressing NHS Waiting Times

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Meghan Gallacher, Liam Kerr, Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 52 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06102.3

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 29 for, 64 against, 23 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06102.1

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 51 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06071

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts

Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Liam Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 64 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 12 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-11240

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that Scottish manufacturing jobs benefit from the offshore wind supply chain."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11236

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken as part of the ScotWind leasing process to promote trade union recognition in Scotland's offshore wind industry and the associated supply chain."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11239

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects the eight turbine jackets under construction in Harland and Wolff's Methil facility to be shipped for installation in the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in the outer Firth of Forth."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11238

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that Scottish seafarers benefit from work in the supply chain for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11237

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of the delivery of Harland and Wolff's contract with the developers of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm for eight turbine jackets under construction in the Methil facility, and how many jobs in Scotland this contract (a) directly and (b) indirectly supports."

Awaiting answer

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

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