June 2020

Richard Leonard Reacts to Fatal Incident in Glasgow City Centre


Baillie Warns of Water Prices Bombshell


Leonard Calls for “Burning Flame of Hope” for a Better Scotland


Richard Leonard – Economic Turmoil Must Be Met by National Industrial Strategy and Collective Action


Elaine Smith Lodges Draft Bill to Enshrine The Right to Food in Scots Law


Clarity Needed Now on Provision and Funding of PPE for Teachers - Iain Gray MSP


Blended Lending Is Not A Contingency Plan for School Return , It’s The Only Plan in Place – Iain Gray MSP


QEUH Cancer Patients Let Down by SNP and Health Board – Monica Lennon MSP


Scottish Labour Calls for Education Statement Before Summer Recess



May 2020

Monica Lennon MSP : Jeane Freeman Urged To Clear Up Care Home Confusion in Urgent Question


Richard Leonard : PMI Shows Government Must Offer Job Guarantee to Provide Light at The End of the Tunnel


Monica Lennon MSP : BBC Investigation Reveals Failure to Lockdown Early has Cost Thousands of Lives


Richard Leonard : PMI Shows Government Must Offer Job Guarantee to Provide Light at End of Tunnel


Monica Lennon MSP : Jeane Freeman Urged To Clear Up Care Home Confusion in Urgent Question


Comment on Trade Union Warning over Premature Schools Reopening



Forbes Must Apologise for Comment and Give Councils The Funds That they Are Entitled to


Scottish Universities Need Scottish Government Financial Support


Scottish Labour Calls For National Food Plan to be Added to Agricultural Bill



April 2020


Decisive Action Must Be Taken to Rebuild and Reform Scotland’s Fragile Economy – Richard Leonard


Leonard Condemns Government Failure as Over Half of Coronavirus Deaths Last Week Are Recorded in Care Homes


Leonard Calls on First Minister to Prioritise Coronavirus in Parliamentary Business


New Death Figures Show Need for Contingency Plan and More Support for Scotland's Care Homes


Parents Need Confidence That Schools Return Plan is in the Works, Not More Confusion


Less Than 2 Per cent of Social Care Workers Tested


Richard Leonard Urges Action to Expand Testing in Care Homes and Safeguard Those at Risk of COVID-19


Nicola Sturgeon Must Launch Emergency Covid Plan for Care Homes – Monica Lennon MSP


Richard Leonard Welcomes Scottish Government Volte-Face on Business Support


It’s Time For Collective Action In The Face of Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Richard Leonard


Scottish Government Must Go Further on Social Care Pay and Conditions - Monica Lennon MSP


Scottish Labour Backs Health Care Workers PPE Petition Demands


Richard Leonard Secures Commitment to Consider Compassionate Testing


Leonard Welcomes PPE for Care Workers Announcement


Leonard Calls on Matheson to Take Action to Save WABTEC as Company Accuses Government of Failing to Provide Assistance


Scottish Labour Calls for Clarity Over Cultural Venues Security


Scottish Government Must Be Transparent About Coronavirus Deaths and Testing


Scottish Labour Demands Government Release Daily Covid-19 Prison Figures


Claudia Beamish MSP Comments on Cancellation of COP26


Matheson Must Inspect Wabtec Tender Conditions Amid Kilmarnock Closure Plan – Richard Leonard


Leonard Questions Sturgeon Over Testing and PPE


Social Security Devolution Halted by Coronavirus – Mark Griffin MSP


Scottish Labour Calls Formally For Free Travel for NHS Staff


Wabtec Kilmarnock Closure Must be Fought Tooth and Nail - Richard Leonard


Specialist Yeacher Numbers Fallen By More Than 500 in 12 years – Iain Gray MSP


March 2020


More Testing and Protective Equipment Needed To Face "Rapid Acceleration" of Coronavirus - Richard Leonard


Lowest Earners and The Self-Employed Will Bear the Financial Brunt of Covid-19 – Rhoda Grant MSP


Private Hospital Beds Should Be Brought into the NHS During the Coronavirus Outbreak – Monica Lennon MSP


6 Month Ban on Rental Evictions Will Ease Minds in This Stressful Time – Pauline McNeill MSP


Scottish Labour Backs Calls for Extension of Free Bus Travel For Critical Workers


Time for a Joined-Up Programme to Promote STEM Study in Scotland’s Schools – Iain Gray MSP


Rhoda Grant MSP Responds to UK Budget


Chronic Pain Patients Failed Again as Thousands Wait Months for Treatment


“Women Will Never Be Equal If We Are Not Safe From Male Violence” – Pauline McNeill MSP


Delayed Discharge Figures Continue to Spiral Under the SNP


Scottish Labour Oppose SNP-Green “Cuts Budget”


Labour Secures Commitment to Consider Coronavirus as Part of Laundry Closures Decision


February 2020

Public Pay Policy “Not Worth The Paper It Is Written On” If Workers Lose Out – Neil Findlay MSP


SNP Government Must Take Responsibility and Show Accountability for Our NHS – Richard Leonard


Greens Kowtow to SNP and Give Green Light for Cuts


Monica Lennon MSP - Parliament Backs World-Leading Period Products Legislation


Iain Gray MSP Comments on This Morning's Speech by John Swinney, Education Secretary


Spin and Denial Won’t Stop Treatment Time Guarantee from Being Broken – Monical Lennon MSP


Bus Journey Numbers Continue to Fall Under Failing SNP – Colin Smyth MSP


Fair Start Scotland Scheme Delivers Jobs For Only Just Over a Quarter of Workers – Rhoda Grant MSP


Staff Survey Shows "Serious Issues with Worlplace Culture" at Directorate for Social Security - Mark Griffin MSP


Iain Gray MSP Comments on Scottish Government Exam Results Analysis


Richard Leonard : Step In To Save GP Surgeries


Forbes Challenged to Disown Russell’s False Claims – Neil Biddy MSP


James Kelly MSP Comments on Overburdened Prison Service


Claudia Beamish MSP Writes to SEPA Concerning Mossmoran


Monica Lennon Comments on Scottish Government Support for Period Products Bill


Number of Disabled People Not in Employment Demonstrates “Stark Inequalities ” – Rhoda Grant MSP


Parliament Votes with Scottish Labour to Call for an End to Secrecy in the NHS


Richard Leonard : SNP’s Lack of Strategy is Failing The Workers of Scotland


SNP Cuts to Scottish Natural Heritage Risk Damaging Scotland's Biodiversity - Claudia Beamish MSP


Labour Backs Barnardos Call for Improved Support


SNP Cuts to Local Government Transport Funding Must End to Keep Scotland Moving – Colin Smyth MSP


New Report Shows Drop in Social Capital Levels in Scotland – Pauline McNeill MSP


Cautious Welcome to Sale of Penman Engineering – Colin Smyth MSP


Forbes “Detached from the Reality “ of Pressures on Local Councils – Sarah Boyack MSP


Cuts to Overburdened Scottish Prison Service "Dangerous" - James Kelly MSP



SNP Cuts To Forestry Commission Harmful to Environment and Short-Sighted – Colin Smyth MSP


SNP’s Proposed Budget Will Continue Disinvestment In Education – Iain Gray MSP


SNP Governance Causes Decade of Disinvestment for Scotland’s Universities – Iain Gray


Cuts to Education Must End With A Fair Deal for Local Government - Iain Gray MSP


Scottish Budget Must Be Used to End Delayed Discharge Discharge Crisis – Monica Lennon MSP


Scottish Labour Responds to SNP Government Budget Statement


Richard Leonard’s Comments on Derek Mackay Resignation


Richard Leonard Takes Nicola Sturgeon To Task on Derek Mackay and NHS Tayside


Damning Report Shows Serious Failings in Mental Health Service at NHS Tayside – Richard Leonard


Cut of Almost £500 Million to Legal Aid Budget Under The SNP "Appalling" - James Kelly MSP


Sarah Boyack Comments on Non-Domestic Rates Amendments



Scottish Labour Calls for Free Bus Travel for Under 25s At This year's Budget


Comment on SNH License Appeal Denial Over Crimes Against Birds – Claudia Beamish MSP


Free Bus Travel For Young People Must Be Included in This Year’s Scottish Budget – Rhoda Grant MSP


Councils Facing Greater Demand For Services While Budgets Tighten


January 2020



Richard Leonard Comments on Brexit


One Homeless Child in Scotland is Too Many – Pauline McNeill MSP


Dramatic Rise in Crisis Grants “Deeply Worrying” – Mark Griffin MSP


College Student Numbers Still Down Almost 100,00 Under the SNP


Gap Widens Further Under the SNP As Poorest Scots Four Times Likely to Die Prematurely


Scottish Labour Calls for an End to Private Finance Models in Public Infrastructure Projects


Huge Inequality in Personal Wealth Must End – Rhoda Grant


Scottish Government Fails To Uprate Care Experienced Student Bursary


Ownership Plan for Buses


Scottish Police Stations in Shocking State of Disrepair – James Kelly


Richard Leonard Dumps Debt Monster at Sturgeon’s Door


Scottish Labour Welcomes Climate Change Committee Report


SSE Must Create Green Jobs in Scotland After Peterhead Job Cuts – Lewis Macdonald


Iain Gray Raises Concerns over SQA Appeals Policy


Scottish Labour Challenges SNP Government Over Cuts to Local Councils


Poorest Students Hit Hardest By Student Debt


A Quarter of Scottish Households in Fuel Poverty in 2018, New Survey Reveals


Scottish Government National Investment Bank – ” A Missed Opportunity” says Scottish Labour


"Scottish Labour Stands Shoulder to Shoulder with Councils"- Sarah Boyack


“Scottish Government Must Heed COSLA’s Call on Climate Change Funding”- Claudia Beamish


Penman Engineering Administration A “Devastating Blow” for Workers – Colin Smyth


December 2019


Alasdair Gray


Attainment Gap Grows for Literacy and Numeracy Throughout Stages of Primary School


Richard Leonard Lays Out Labour’s Plan for Rural Communities


Leaked Treasury Documents Warn “Union Undermined” by Tory Brexit Deal


Real Change Needed to Address Scotland’s Health Inequalities


Small Businesses Need The Support of a Labour Government


Sturgeon Challenged on her Education Record


Scotland’s Public Services Not Safe in Sturgeon’s Hands


Richard Leonard Pledges £600 million for Social Care


November 2019


Scottish Labour lays out its positive vision for the NHS.


Labour's Green Industrial Revolution is the Only Way to Tackle Climate Emergency - Richard Leonard


Richard Leonard - Sturgeon Spoke Nothing of the Challenges facing Scotland


Richard Leonard Vows to Take on Tax Cheats


Free School Meals for All Primary and Secondary School Pupils in Scotland


Liberal Democrats Crying Crocodile Tears Over Cruel Cuts Legacy


Heartbroken Parents Deserve Answers from Cabinet Secretary – Monica Lennon MSP


Vote for Hope This Christmas – Richard Leonard


Scottish Labour Put Ambition to Scrap Universal Credit Before Scottish Parliament


Labour Will Protect Tenants from Extortionate Rents – Pauline McNeill MSP


Tories and SNP Gang Up to Vote Down Scottish Labour’s Amendments for a Progressive Scottish National Investment Bank


Labour Lays Out Bold Plan for Transport at Train Stations Across Scotland


Private Agencies Being Paid Thousands Each Day From NHS Workforce Crisis


Only Labour Will End Scotrail Chaos – Richard Leonard


SNP Would Vote Down Investment That Scotland Needs - Richard Leonard


Scottish Labour Call Out SNP Double Standards Over Trump


Social Work Crisis Shows Scotland needs Decades of Investment


Jeremy Corbyn : It’s Time for the Real Change That Scotland Needs


Labour Will Provide the Transformational Investment and Change in Scotland’s Social Care Services


New Report Reveals “Sorry State” of Scottish Economy Under the SNP


NHS Is Not Safe in Sturgeon's or Johnson's Hands


Time For Talking Over Drugs Crisis Is Over – Monica Lennon


Labour Will Save Free TV Licences for almost a Quarter of a Million Scots


Labour Retrofitting Plan to End Fuel Poverty with 35,000 Jobs and £6billion Investment in Scotland


Independence Referendum Not Desirable or Necessary – Jeremy Corbyn


October 2019


Labour Will End Foodbank Britain


SNP Broken Promises “A Disgrace”


Mental Health Crisis Worsening for NHS Scotland Staff


Pupil Equity Funding Underspend Revealed


Sick Kids Hospital Scandal Is A "National Disgrace" - Monica Lennon


“Say Anything Sturgeon Dancing to Johnson’s Tune” – Lesley Laird


Health Secretary Must Come Clean Over NHS Laundry Cuts


Corbyn Pledges To Take on Wealthy and Powerful to Deliver Real Change for Scotland


Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal Puts Over 320,000 Scottish Jobs at Risk


Response to today’s Brexit Vote


Women's Health Plan Must Improve Menopause Care


Poorest College Students Most Likely to Become Unemployed


Unemployment Rise is "Deeply Concerning"' - Richard Leonard


Sturgeon’s Plans Mean “More Division and Uncertainty”- Richard Leonard


SNP Health Secretary Jeane Freeman Sidelined at SNP Conference


“Hard Border” Talk Shows SNP Puts Independence before Serving the People of Scotland – Richard Leonard


Scottish Labour Will Axe The Hated Car Park Tax – Richard Leonard


Scrapping Universal Credit Will Benefit Half a Million Scottish Households


Richard Leonard’s Address to the UK Co-operative Party Conference


Patients with Learning Disabilities Facing Delayed Discharges of over 4 years in Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Comment on BBC Sick Kids Snagging Revelations


Labour To Outline Transformation of Scotland’s Housing


Fresh Warning Over SNP Childcare Expansion


Johnson Must Pick Up Phone To Trump and Stop Whisky Tariffs – Lesley Laird


NHS Breast Screening Uptake Falls Under The SNP


No Deal – Alex Rowley Responds to Scottish Government statement


First Minister Must Demand NHS Tayside Must Follow Review Recommendation


SNP Team Up With The Tories to Keep ScotRail in Abellio's Hands


Abellio Scotrail Franchise Must Not be Extended – Colin Smyth


Scottish Labour To Force a Vote to End Early Years Postcode Lottery


September 2019


Labour Will Scrap Universal Credit


Comment on NHS Financial Report


St John’s Paediatric Service A Symptom of SNP Mismanagement


New Investment Bank Must Tackle Centralisation and Climate Change – Richard Leonard


Jeremy Corbyn Is PM-in-Waiting : Richard Leonard


Patients Left in the Dark as Cancer Waiting Time Targets Ignored


Headteachers Highlight Problems in Implementing Senior Phase


Labour’s Publicly – Owned Drugs Company Will Transform Lives : Monica Lennon


Comment on Repeal of “Named Person” Scheme


First Victory in War on SNP Spin


First Minister Must Guarantee Scottish University Funding


New Law Proposed to Stop SNP Ministers Spinning Statistics


SNP Should Ease Brexit Worries with EU Student Guarantee


SNP Should Increase Funding for Families Using Struggling NHS Services


SNP Has Never Accepted IndyRef Result – Lesley Laird


Inquiry Should Not Have Taken Weeks of Pressure - Monica Lennon


Comment on Glasgow Kids Chemo Travel


SNP Mismanagement of Education Exposed - Iain Gray


Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Made Free on the NHS After Labour MSP Campaign


Comment on Court Of Session Ruling


Sick Kids Hospital Fiasco Needs a Public Inquiry


First Minister Caught Out in Spin Operation on School Statistics


Boris Johnson Defeated Again as Labour Leads the Opposition to No-Deal


ScotRail Set to Default on Rail Franchise Over Passenger Satisfaction


NHS Workforce Crisis Deepens As Vacancy Rate Soars to Worst Level in 12 years


Radical Solutions Needed From Scottish Goverment to Tackle Decline in Public Transport Use


Ongoing Crisis in Young People’s Mental Health Services Revealed


August 2019

GP Crisis Reveals SNP Mismanagement of NHS


Postcode Lottery on Cancer Care Must End – Monica Lennon


SNP’s Austerity Cuts Would Cost Family of Four £4,676


SNP Deputy Backs Deeper Cuts Than the Tories


Sturgeon to Miss GERS Report


Lesley Laird - Boris Johnson "Living in a Dangerous Fantasy Land"


‘Shameful’ Gap in Life Expectancy Between Richest and Poorest Scots


Rip Off Rail Fare Rise Set to Cost Scots Hundreds of Pounds


Inequality Gap in Cancer Detection Rates Revealed


Critical Care Units Struggling to Cope with Demand


Attainment Challenge Schools Facing Significant Funding Cuts


Richard Leonard – Scotland Needs Radical Reforming Labour Governments- Not Another Referendum


Delays and Cancellations are Symptoms of “NHS in Distress” – Monica Lennon


Higher Pass Rate Drops for Fourth Year Running - Now an “Established Trend”


Scotland's "Pay Shame" as Ethnic Minority Pay Gap is More than Double the British Average


Comment on Job Losses at Havelock International


Failure to Mitigate Effects of the Rape Clause "Shameful"



Richard Leonard - Scotland Must End the Growing Scandal of Food Poverty

July 2019


Scottish Welfare Fund Demand is Increasing As Funding is Cut


Rising Poverty Levels A Shameful Sign of Tory Legacy


Workers to Stay Cool Under Labour's New Maximum Workplace Temperature Pledge

Richard Leonard - Comment on the election of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party


Rising Demand for Foster Carers Highlights Recruitment Issues


Comment on Universities Scotland Guarantee for Care Experienced Applicants


Chronic Pain Patients Receive Just £27,000 of £535 Million Waiting Times Fund


Over £80 million in advance reveal failure of benefits system


Budget Shortfall Threatens Public Services


Scotland's Drug Deaths Now a "National Crisis" - Monica Lennon


SNP has Turbo-Charged Tory Austerity on Councils


Mackay Must Come Clean Over No-Deal Fund


Delayed Discharge on the Rise Amid Socal Care Crisis


Passenger Refunds Soar by more than 500% amid ScotRail Crisis


June 2019

Scotland’s Mental Health Crisis Claims Almost 800 Lives in 2018


NHS Performance Worsening on Jeane Freeman's Watch


New Caledonian Sleeper Trains Delayed


SNP Government Fails To Bring Education Debates to Parliament for Last 19 Months


Increase in Homelessness “Disgraceful”


Time for Humility and Realism from Swinney on Schools


Comment on Scottish Public Pensions Agency Audit Report


SNP Must Not Ignore Charities on Income Supplement – Richard Leonard


Labour Must Take On The English Nationalism of Boris Johnson


Promising Sign for Victims of Mesh Scandal


Scottish Labour Vote Against “SNP-Tory Stitch Up” Planning Bill


Comment on Ministerial Statement on Review of Gender Recognition Act


SNP Starving Welfare Fund of Cash


Poll Shows Tory Party Is "Biggest Threat To The Union " - Lesley Laird


Attainment Gap Faced by Looked After Children Revealed


Councils Use Cash Reserves Amid SNP Funding Cuts


Patients Left In Pain As Muscoskeletal Waiting Targets Missed


SNP Must Stop Classing Zero-Hour Contracts As A "Positive Destination " For Young People - Iain Gray


Health Secretary Must Provide Answers on Mesh Scandal


Scottish Welfare Fund Set for £3million Real Terms Cut


SNP Government Missed Greenhouse Gas Targets "Disappointing" - Claudia Beamish


Organ Donor Change Will Save Lives – Griffin


Labour Overhauls SNP’s Timid Transport Bill with Municipal Bus Amendments


More Housing Co-operatives Needed To Tackle Housing Crisis


John Swinney Guilty of "Supreme Arrogance" Over Primary 1 tests - Iain Gray


More Investment Needed in Pulmonary Rehab


Missed Climate Targets Show Need for Real Action , Not Rhetoric From SNP


Hundreds of Thousands of Older People in Scotland Risk Losing TV Licence Fee


SNP Must Listen or "Future of the NHS is Not Sustainable” – Monica Lennon

Scottish Labour Propose Strengthening Low Emission Zones on World Environment Day


SNP Spend Just £3 million of £200 million Business Fund


More Funding for GPs Needed After One Third Reveal Overwhelming Workload


Response to Aquaculture Statement


Comment on Economy , Energy and Fair Work Committee Bill on Pre-Release Access to Statistics


Holyrood to Vote on Labour’s Plans to End Fuel Poverty

Scottish Government Needs to Act Now to Protect The Poorest Families


The UK Constitution Requires Real Change


Audit Report of Colleges is an “Indictment of the SNP”


May 2019

Response to Theresa May's Intention to Resign Statement


NHS Tayside Mental Health Services Should Be Re-Escalated to Highest Level of Concern


Scottish Labour Slams SNP Call to Extend "Workers' Parking Tax" To Hit Shoppers


ScotRail “Not Up To Task” of Managing Our Railways – Colin Smyth


Labour To Focus on Future of BIFAB and Jobs in Parliament


Give Families Advance Copy of Tayside Mental Health Services Report – Richard Leonard


Bursary for Poorest Higher Education Students has Fallen by Almost £1,000 Under the SNP


Almost 8 in 10 Primary 1 Standardised Tests Sat in Single Month


Nitro – Meats Must Be Removed from Schools and Hospitals Immediately


Number of College Students Studying IT-related Subjects has Fallen by 44 per cent


SNP Failing Scotland's Wildlife - Claudia Beamish


Parliament Agrees “Significant Pressures” Faced by Midwives Must be Investigated


David Stewart - ‘Toxic Culture of Bullying " in NHS Highland Must be Addressed


Labour to Bring Forward Private Rent Reform Bill


April 2019

Pro-independence Think Tank Growth Commission Will mean Austerity


Spending Per Pupil Plummets Under The Tories and the SNP


More Than 130,000 Young People Will Get a Pay Rise Under Labour


Household Savings Plummet Under The Tories


Decade of SNP Cuts Sees College Staffing levels Fall by 13 percent


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