Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard MSP today continued to set out his central agenda of abolishing poverty strong criticism of Scotland’s health inequalities and a ‘postcode-driven life-expectancy.’ He promised to make the problem a national priority, with tough new targets and a Cabinet-level champion.
Ending poverty - empowering local government"
Following the launch yesterday of his key priority of ending poverty in Scotland - coupled with strong measures for the living wage - Scottish Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard MSP has released details of how he intends to empower Scotland's councils in order to combat poverty.
My overriding mission as First Minister will be to end poverty. Poverty is a moral issue: but it also holds us back as a country, weakens Scottish society and harms our economy because we need the talents of every single person in Scotland to reach their potential. Things must change – real change is required.Read more
Richard Leonard maintained his status as the preferred candidate of the broader Labour movement after receiving the backing of two more trade unions: the giant public services union UNISON and the bakers’ union BFAWU.Read more
Looked after children are being let down by policy makers and current public policy. How we look after those young people in care and coming out of the care system is borne out from the life outcomes for our young people who have been in care. It is clear we are letting down our most vulnerable young people.Read more
Equality matters. It matters in our policy-making, it matters in our pursuit to be the next Scottish Government and it matters in how we act internally as a party.
It is right that we acknowledge that this is an all-male leadership election. We are coming up with real ideas on how we lead by example on women's representation - but gender equality is not obtained through sticking-plaster remedies and won't be obtained through any single silver bullet: it requires real thought and structural change at every level of our party.
That is why I am making a commitment today - on the day of Labour's women's conference - on gender equality that will have an impact at every level of our party.Read more