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I was elected Scottish Labour Leader promising real change and it is real change that together we will deliver.
This task will not be easy. Change never comes without a fight.
But we must, and we will, face the future with confidence.
After meeting workers earlier this week and marching alongside hundreds of Bifab workers and their families today, Richard Leonard calls on the Scottish Government to do whatever is needed to protect BiFab.
Watch this video of Labour MP Dennis Skinner sending his solidarity and explaining why Richard is the best person for job. You couldn’t get a better Labour movement job reference than that.
Responding to the news that the SNP Government will fail to meet house building targets, Richard Leonard said:
"Every missed housing target by the SNP Government is another family on a waiting list, another rip off landlord's pocket lined and it is another day that 6,000 children are classified as homeless. This shameful situation cannot continue. The SNP must get a grip on this and set out how exactly they intend to meet their own targets to tackle Scotland's housing crisis.Read more
Responding to Tory Ruth Davidson’s latest calls for clarity over Brexit from her own Government, Richard Leonard said:
“Any attempts by Ruth Davidson to distance herself from this shambolic government’s handling of Brexit shouldn't fool anyone. Ruth Davidson has been complicit in this Conservative chaos.
Scottish Labour Leadership contender, Richard Leonard today supported Amendment 42, intended to top-up child benefit, to become part of the Child Poverty Bill.
Richard Leonard, who has been calling for a £5 increase in child benefit for every child in Scotland, said:Read more
Over one hundred Labour movement figures have published an open letter explaining their support for Richard Leonard to be the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party, indicating wide backing from all quarters of the party and reaching into a broad range of opinion. The letter, from Scottish Labour and trade union figures - and with support from the wider movement – underlines the impetus that has allowed Richard Leonard to set the terms of a new debate about Scottish Labour’s future.Read more
Labour leadership contender Richard Leonard MSP has attacked the revelations of tax avoidance and evasion in the Paradise Papers as ‘one set of rules for the many and another for the few.’
Richard Leonard said:Read more