April 2020

Scottish Government Must Be Transparent About Coronavirus Deaths and Testing

Leonard Questions Sturgeon Over Testing and PPE


Scottish Labour Calls Formally For Free Travel for NHS Staff


Specialist Teacher 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


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


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


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


Greens Kowtow to SNP and Give Green Light for Cuts


Iain Gray 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


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


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


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


Cuts to Overburdened Scottish Prison Service “Dangerous” – James Kelly MSP


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


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


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


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


Richard Leonard’s Comments on Derek Mackay Resignation


Scottish Labour Responds to SNP Government Budget Statement


Scottish Labour Calls For Free Bus Travel for Under 25s at This Year's Budget


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


Richard Leonard Comments on Brexit


January 2020


Richard Leonard Comments on Brexit


Richard Leonard - Scotland Needs Home Rule - Not Inequality in a Separate Scotland


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


Health Inequalities Gap Widens Further Under the SNP As Poorest Scots Four Times More 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


Iain Gray Raises Concerns over SQA Appeals Policy


Scottish Labour Challenges SNP Government Over Cuts to Local Councils


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


Poorest Students Hit Hardest By Student Debt


Students from Deprived Areas Continue to Face Disadvantages in Higher Education


December 2019

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


Glasgow Campaign Rally


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


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


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


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


Private Agencies Being Paid Thousands Each Day From NHS Workforce Crisis


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


Richard Leonard : General Election Campaign Speech


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


October 2019


Mental Health Crisis Worsening for NHS Scotland Staff


Pupil Equity Funding Underspend Revealed


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


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


Health Secretary Must Come Clean Over NHS Laundry Cuts


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


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


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


Sturgeon's Plans Mean "More Division and Uncertainty"- Richard Leonard


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


Scrapping Universal Credit Will Benefit Half a Million Scottish Households


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


Comment on BBC Sick Kids Snagging Revelations


Fresh Warning Over SNP Childcare Expansion


NHS Breast Screening Uptake Falls Under The SNP


No Deal – Alex Rowley Responds to Scottish Government statement


Labour To Outline Transformation of Scotland’s Housing


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


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


Jeremy Corbyn is PM-In-Waiting - Richard Leonard


Jeremy Corbyn's speech to Labour Party Conference


Richard Leonard's speech to Labour Party Conference


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


Inquiry Should Not Have Taken Weeks of Pressure – Monica Lennon


SNP Has Never Accepted IndyRef Result - Lesley Laird


Comment on Glasgow Kids Chemo Travel


SNP Mismanagement of Education Exposed - Iain Gray


Jeane Freeman has “Lost Control” of the NHS – Monica Lennon MSP


Democracy Needs Renewal -speech by Richard Leonard


Real Change within our Grasp - speech by John McDonnell


Jeremy Corbyn's address to the 2019 TUC


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


Comment on Court of Session Ruling


First Minister Caught Out in Spin Operation on School Statistics


CBI Report Shows SNP-Tory Failure on the Economy


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


ScotRail Set to Default on Rail Franchise Over Passenger Satisfaction


Richard Leonard : Initial Response To Programme for Government


Ongoing Crisis in Young People’s Mental Health Services Revealed


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


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


Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Positions


August 2019



Richard Leonard - Our Scottish Future event


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


Flagship SNP Waiting Time Target Broken Nearly 100,000 Times


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


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


Failure to Mitigate Effects of the Rape Clause "Shameful"


Comment on Job Losses at Havelock International



July 2019


Scottish Welfare Fund Demand 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


Budget Shortfall Threatens Public Services


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


Mackay Must Come Clean Over No-Deal Fund


SNP has Turbo-Charged Tory Austerity on Councils


Passenger Refunds Soar by more than 500% amid ScotRail Crisis


June 2019

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


Increase in Homelessness “Disgraceful”


NHS Performance Worsening on Jeane Freeman's Watch


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


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


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


Organ Donor Change Will Save Lives – Mark Griffin


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


More Housing Co-operatives Needed To Tackle Housing Crisis


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


Audit Report of Colleges is “An Indictment of the SNP” – Iain Gray


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


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


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


Response to Aquaculture Statement


Comment on Obesity Action Scotland survey – restrictions on junk food advertising


Scottish Government Needs to Act Now to Protect The Poorest Families


The UK Constitution Requires Real Change


May 2019

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


Nitro - Meats Must Be Removed from Schools and Hospitals Immediately


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


April 2019

SNP Endorse Pro-Austerity Growth Commission


Spending Per Pupil Plummets Under The Tories and the SNP

Decade of SNP Cuts Sees College Staffing Levels Fall by 13 per cent


SNP Green Bus Scheme A "Humiliating Failure"


Richard Leonard : Address to the 2019 STUC Congress


Sturgeon Urged to Outline Spending Plans


Delayed Discharge Soars in the NHS


£5 Top Up Would Reverse Tory Child Benefit Cuts


570 Operations Cancelled Because Hospitals Can't Cope


SNP Delay to Welfare Policies “Mind-Boggling”


March 2019

Lesley Laird's response to the Spring Statement


More than 1,500 Patients Left in Pain Amid SNP NHS Crisis


SNP Has Set A "Timid Target" on The Living Wage


McDonnell pledges 50,000 New Jobs for Scotland in Labour's Green Industrial Revolution


Leonard Pledges Free Bus Travel for All


Number of people claiming Council Tax Reduction falls


More than 600 Operations Cancelled as Hospitals Can't Cope


NHS in Workforce Crisis as 2,800 Nursing, Midwifery and Consultancy Posts Left Vacant


Health Boards Admit No Consistent Policy for Access to Period Products for Hospital Patients


5,200 Children and Young People Waited Too Long for Mental Health Treatment Last Year


Conference will Lay the Foundations for a Radical Labour Government


Working Carers Set To Lose Out Under SNP System


February 2019

Scale of Delayed Discharge Would Fill Flagship Hospital for Nearly a Year


Damning Report Shows Failure of Parkinson’s Care


Mackay Secretly Squirrels Away Millions Amidst Brutal Cuts


Only One Third of NHS Staff Think NHS Manages Performance Well


1 in 5 Patients Waiting Too Long for Key Clinical Tests


School Leaver Figures Expose a Class Divide in Scotland


Comment on Local Government Cuts


SNP Waiting Time Law Broken More Than 170,000 Times


Budget will slash Sturgeon's "Top Priority" of Education


Staff and Patients Alike Let Down by SNP Complacency in A&E


Universities lose out on over £400m under Sturgeon


Labour Exposes Pressure on NHS in New Film




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