Richard Leonard

MSP, Central Scotland

Central Scotland Labour

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  • Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland 8 Feb 2018

    2. The merger of Scotland’s eight regional police forces into one national force is the biggest single public sector reform undertaken by this Government. So far, it has been nothing less than an abject failure, from the axing of more than 2,000 civilian jobs to pay restraint year upon year, and from the sheer incompetence that led to a VAT liability and an information technology...
  • Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland 8 Feb 2018

    Scottish Labour did support the creation of a single police force, but not one that concentrated too much power in too few hands with too little accountability. In fact, in November 2015 we came up with constructive proposals and solutions to make the single force work, when Scottish Labour published a review of policing in Scotland that was led by Graeme Pearson, who is a former senior...
  • Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland 8 Feb 2018

    The problem is that, week after week, the First Minister stands up in the chamber and demands solutions from Opposition parties to problems that her Government has created in the first place. Labour offered 10, but her justice secretary ignored them. Since then, two chief constables have gone, morale among rank-and-file officers has sunk and public confidence has declined, and all the time...

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Labour MSP for Central Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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