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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.

Contact at their Constituency

Coatbridge Business Centre
204 Main Street
Coatbridge
ML5 3RB

Phone: 01236 423555
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Richard is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Richard is a member of 6 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

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 Social Science

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on WASPI

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Richard does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Richard has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Labour

Party Spokesperson on Jobs and Fair Work

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Richard has had 4 previous roles

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

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 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 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 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 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 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]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 £650 to my campaign for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party from Mike Martin [Registered 24 November 2017]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

No registrable interests.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

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.

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

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

I am a member of Unite the Union.

I am a member of the William Morris Society.

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]

I am a member of the Co-operative Party.

I am a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

I am a member of the GMB 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: 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…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Covid-19

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab): "We are at a critical moment in our response to the pandemic. The welcome approval of the Oxford vaccine, which has been announced today, means that the challenge is now to accelerate the vaccination programme and to do so with urgency…

Chamber meeting date: 23 December 2020

Covid-19 (Care Homes)

Richard Leonard: "It is not just the Scottish Human Rights Commission that is making that call. Just this week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland also called for a public inquiry into Covid deaths in Scotland’s care homes…

Votes

How Richard Leonard has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Leonard has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23917

Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 21, 2021

Result 26 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23903

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 100 for, 1 against, 21 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23910

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 118 for, 1 against, 2 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23911

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 96 for, 5 against, 18 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23894.1

Protecting Scotland’s Health and Care Workforce

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Supported by: Maurice Golden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 56 for, 62 against, 5 abstained, 6 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-34002

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

"To ask the Scottish Government whether home care workers receive regular COVID-19 testing and, if not, for what reasons."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 11 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."

Awaiting answer

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."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33850

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

"To ask the Scottish Government how many cancer services referrals have been made by GPs in (a) each year since 2017 and (b) 2020 to date."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 22 December 2020

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 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33731

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what the cost is of the flu vaccination programme in 2020, and what the cost was in each of the previous three years."

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33735

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what investment it has made in the infrastructure required to implement the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34007

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what support is being given to people with autism to help with the changes to their routine caused by COVID-19."

Awaiting answer

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."

Awaiting answer

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."

Awaiting answer

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