Richard Leonard - my commitment to justice for the miners

Richard Leonard has renewed calls for an inquiry into the policing of the 1984-85 miners strike - vowing support for the community to hold a public-led inquiry if the Scottish Government continues it's delay in seeing that justice is done. 

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Ending the brutal impact of the Benefit Cap

Following the STV live Scottish Labour leadership debate last night, Richard Leonard announces that he will introduce legislation to end the brutal impact of the benefit cap. This is in contrast to the TV debate exchange about Anas Sarwar's vote as an MP for the Tories brutal welfare cap.

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Industrial Strategy

Scotland’s economy is stagnating; growing three times slower than the rest of the UK. Our manufacturing base has been decimated, our economy largely deindustrialised and working too often only for the few whilst undermining the economic security and employment opportunities for the many.  Scotland’s economy needs to grow but whatever the size of the economic base the wealth we generate needs to be shared much more equitably. 

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Richard Leonard's Workers Manifesto

Today I launched my Workers’ Manifesto. The manifesto includes measures which would improve workers’ rights and pay - ensuring that they work in healthy, safe workplaces and address longstanding inequalities and injustice. 

The full manifesto is below, or you can open/download as a PDF file.

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Richard Leonard Introduces a Workers Manifesto

Building on the first of his big policies for workers, Richard Leonard has released the full details of his Workers’ Manifesto. The manifesto includes measures which would improve workers’ rights and pay - ensuring that they work in healthy, safe workplaces and address longstanding inequalities and injustice.

On announcing his Workers’ Manifesto, Scottish Labour leadership contender, Richard Leonard said;

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Workers rights - ensuring the Scottish Government leads by example

Ahead of the launch of Richard Leonard’s Workers’ Manifesto this week, the Scottish Labour leadership contender announces the first of his key policies to ensure better pay, terms & conditions and quality jobs for workers - ensuring that the Scottish Government leads by example. 

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Real Change = Real Equality

Following on from policy announcements yesterday to tackle period poverty, Scottish Labour leadership contender Richard Leonard, outlines further plans to deal with gender inequality.

These new measures include, addressing the gender gap in subject choices in schools/apprenticeships, raising the carers allowance and prioritising childcare as an economic policy.

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Richard Leonard announces commitment to tackle Period Poverty

Ahead of the women’s hustings at the weekend and as part of his overriding mission to end poverty, Scottish Labour leadership contender, Richard Leonard announces his commitment to end the scourge of period poverty and to work with campaigners to address the stigma and inequalities that still exist around menstruation.

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Richard Leonard thanks members as nominations close

Richard Leonard has thanked Labour members across Scotland for their support today as the period for local parties to nominate ended.

Supporting nominations had to be submitted by today, and although all supporting nominations will be posted on the Scottish Labour Party website, the tally as of this morning stood at 43 nominations from local constituency parties for Richard Leonard and 16 for his fellow candidate Anas Sarwar.

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Richard Leonard - Bield Care Home Closures 'Inexcusable'

Reacting to the news that one of Scotland’s biggest elderly care providers is to close all 12 of its residential care homes, Scottish Labour leadership contender, Richard Leonard said,

“I am very sad to learn about this, especially given Bield’s legacy of providing housing and support for older people for over 40 years. The immediate priority should be about providing reassurance for residents and their families over the future of their care - the ordeal that they have been left to deal with is inexcusable.

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