Richard Leonard

Labour MSP for Central Scotland


As a result of COVID-19, some MPs have been less able to vote in Parliament, and this will be reflected in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) 16 Feb 2021

    I will begin by setting out where members find common ground on this subject. In his foreword to the review’s report, Derek Feeley said: “If we want a different set of results, we need a different system.” I agree with him. Our system should be built on the values of human rights, equity and equality. We need to have co-production by service users in the design and delivery of social...
  • Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Testing) 13 Jan 2021

    2. I thank the First Minister for advance sight of her statement. No one welcomes such restrictions, but compliance with them is necessary. I stress that it is really important that employees who can work from home are allowed by their employers to do so. This week, the Scottish Government’s strategy for testing and tracking down positive Covid cases has come under renewed scrutiny....
  • Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Testing) 13 Jan 2021

    The First Minister talks about running faster than the virus, but the figures are these: positive case numbers have increased by 184 per cent since the start of December but we are carrying out only 7 per cent more tests, so increasing testing is crucial. However, to contain this new wave, we need to be tracing contacts effectively as well. Last time there was a spike in cases, we know that...

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Labour MSP for Central Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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